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10 Reasons It’s Great to Be an Entrepreneur!

There’s something exciting about starting your own business, especially if it’s something you’re truly passionate about. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the American economy, and many people rely on small businesses to provide the goods and services they need, as well as to create jobs for the local economy.

That’s the precise reason that we celebrate National Entrepreneur Week, because it celebrates the benefits of being an entrepreneur. There are numerous reasons it's great to be an entrepreneur, and that’s why we’re celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week. Below we’ll discuss the top ten reasons why being an entrepreneur is so great:

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business

Key Factors to Starting a Business

As an entrepreneur, there are many considerations in opening a new business. Considerations may include funding, developing of your product or service, marketing including website development, finding the right location for your business or digital storefront, attracting customers/creating sales and many more. Of course, it’s important to also consider challenges related to the psychology of entrepreneurship. Today’s article provides a snapshot of the top five psychological considerations you could experience which can help to reveal some insights and tips for ways to overcome each.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business

5 Costly Mistakes New Food Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Jill Beaman on April 27, 2018

You have a recipe that everyone loves. Friends and family have told you over and over how great your food is, that you could make a killing selling it. Maybe you’ve even dreamed up the perfect name for your barbecue sauce or cookie dough. You can see the product design in your head. You are ready to make the dream a reality.

Hold on just one second before you spend that money on printing labels and buying equipment. You could be making one of many costly mistakes made by first-time food entrepreneurs... These mistakes can set the production of your product back months, or even years.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food

4 Tips for Utilizing Technology to Grow Your Business

Entrepreneurs often want to start their own business because they have a passion for a certain product or service and have some expertise in how to deliver it. However, there are many facets of running a business that are equally important to its growth..

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

5 Skills Artists and Creatives Need to Learn to Run an Effective Business

Posted by Jackie Babicky Peterson on April 03, 2017

As an artist, writer, design or creative entrepreneur, you have the skills to create great work, but do you have the business skills to get great work? When starting your own creative business, you will need to do some digging into business topics and getting to know your market. Though it might take some trial and error, by doing your homework, you can run an effective business.

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Topics: Small Business, Solopreneurship, Encore Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

10 Common Mistakes with Restaurant Start Ups That You Shouldn’t Make

Posted by Leslie Hildula on March 30, 2017

Starting a restaurant has many working parts all moving simultaneously, and if left unattended, could cause speed bumps in your start up process and success. Choosing the correct location (and getting the proper permitting), managing food and beverage inventory, and handling the employees, are just a few of the moving parts.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food, Restaurants

Meet Your Instructor: Interior Design/Space Planning Expert

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 28, 2017

Sam F. Taylor, IV, A.S.I.D. is a guest instructor in Restaurant Business Builders in the session "Designing Your Restaurant and Kitchen," in which he will be sharing his expertise of over 35 years in designing and planning spaces in the hospitality industry. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Starting a Business, Food, Restaurants

Business Profile: Carmen Farmer Coaching

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 27, 2017


The PCC Small Business Development Center is proud of the great work all of their clients are accomplishing in their businesses. Our Business Profile feature series highlights businesses at all stages of development and success. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Starting a Business

Get Your Recipe To Market Success Stories: Kembers

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 23, 2017

Kembers Gluten-Free is a local small business that makes gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free baking mixes and spices. Marilyn Roseburrough used the help of PCC's Get Your Recipe to Market program to make her business a success. For a complete list of where Kembers products are sold and to buy online click here.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food

Get Your Recipe To Market Success Stories: Pinkletons Curious Caramel Corn

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2017
Jonathan Poe, creator of Pinkletons Curious Caramel Corn talks about how his product came about and his journey working with the SBDC's Getting Your Recipe to Market program. His product is sold in various cafes and markets around portland. For a complete list of where to find this delicious treat, click here.

Watch the video below to gain insights into: 

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food