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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

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

6 Decisions Every New Restaurant Owner Has to Make, and How to Make

It goes without saying that opening a restaurant is a huge commitment. This is especially true for those who have never opened a restaurant before, and are putting all their chips on the table to fulfill a lifelong dream or passion.

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

Get Your Recipe To Market Success Stories: Sapori Di Casa

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 13, 2017
Jennifer Tagliaferri and Duccio Tagliaferri graduated from Getting Your Recipe to Market in Fall of 2015. Their product is Sapori Di Casa, Italian pasta sauces. Their sauces are currently sold in all New Seasons and Green Zebra super markets.

Watch the video below to gain insights into: 

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food

Meet your Instructor: Corey Schreiber

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 21, 2016

Corey Schreiber is a guest instructor in the new SBDC program - Restaurant Business Builders. He will be guest speaking in two sessions: "Your Concept & the Money to Do It" and "Stocking Your Restaurant." Corey's life-long experience in the restaurant industry brings a valuable level of expertise to the program.

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

How to Make More Retail Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 2

Holiday season is quickly approaching, and for many retail businesses this time of year has the potential to make or break the entire year financially. It’s vital to start preparing as early as possible, so you don’t leave any potential sales or revenue on the table after the holidays are over. 

Holiday sales make up about 18 percent of overall annual retail sales, and in 2016 those numbers are  expected to grow around 3.7 percent. Combine this with recent evidence that a growing majority of American consumers favor buying and shopping local, and it’s no wonder holiday craft fairs have seen a boom in recent years.

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

How to Make More Retail Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 1

The Holidays are such an important time of year for small businesses. For many, especially in retail, the Holidays may make or break the entire financial year. Craft fairs and holiday markets have become popular among both consumers and small businesses during this time. But are businesses doing all they can to maximize their retail sales from holiday markets?

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, Retail, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership, Management, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

Don't Be a Stat: How to Avoid Expensive Mistakes Many New Retail Business Owners Make

Owning your own retail business can be an exciting, albeit challenging, undertaking. When you look around at some of the larger brands you can see how shifts in consumer behavior and brand loyalty has changed the success and trajectory of a once rather predictable industry. For instance, Wal-Mart announced earlier this year that they would close 269 locations in 2016, accounting for roughly three percent of their stores.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, Retail, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership, Management, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

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