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PCC Small Business Development Center

The Portland Community College Small Business Development Center has helped thousands of businesses over the past 30 years. We combine one-on- one advising with programs taught by business experts to give our clients the resources they need to grow their businesses.

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Catalyst Trade Coffee: A Small Business Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 29, 2022

Catalyst Trade believes that "coffee is a sacrament," inviting us to grab a cup and join them as they revolutionize the way coffee is traded. Co-owner Emily McIntyre was looking for help growing her international business when she found the Oregon SBDC Network Global Trade Center and participated in the Global Trade Management program in the spring of 2020. Faced with the challenges of building a business across multiple continents and cultures, compounded by a global pandemic, Emily was inspired by the class sessions on cultural competency taught by David Kohl. After years of preparation, Catalyst Trade is excited to finally launch their vertical integration in Ethiopia, along with introducing Kenya and Peru as new coffee origins. As Catalyst Trade continues to lean on the PCC SBDC to help them grow, Emily and her team work hard to transform the future of coffee.

Learn more about Emily's story below!

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Global Trade, International trade, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

How to Prepare Your Business for Capital Funding

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 27, 2022

How to Prepare Your Business for Capital Funding

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business, Finance, Capital Access Team

Advisor Spotlight: Kayla Banda

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 24, 2022

Kayla Banda moved to Portland from Reno, Nevada during the COVID pandemic. Having worked at the Small Business Development Center in Reno, she reached out to inquire about assisting small businesses in Portland and was immediately welcomed to the PCC SBDC team.

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Topics: Small Business, Business, PCC Stories

What is a Property Manager and How Can I Become One?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 13, 2022

The real estate market offers many career opportunities, whether you're a broker, a realtor, or manage the properties yourself. You don't need to own properties to benefit from this industry, especially in a thriving market like Portland's. There is always a need for people who can effectively communicate between owners and renters while managing their day-to-day needs.

So, what kind of person enjoys property management as a career, and what can you do as a property manager if you choose to make it your long-term role? The answer may surprise you - it's a vibrant, flexible career with a low barrier to entry, allowing you to get started quickly.

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Topics: Management

Adviser Spotlight: Jackie Babicky-Peterson in 2022

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 29, 2022

After 22 years at the PCC SBDC, Jackie Babicky Peterson still has enthusiasm! Sean Harry sat down with Jackie in March 2022 to catch up on what she is up to these days. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Solopreneurship, Encore Entrepreneurship, PCC Stories

Client Success Story: Becca Schultz and Vesper School of Music

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 17, 2022

Becca Schultz started developing her piano pedagogy while still a student at Portland State University. Since then she has helped hundreds of students learn to play and enjoy music, while simultaneously employing multiple musicians as teachers. Her business has grown so much in the past couple of years that they have recently had to move to a newly renovated location with the help of the PCC Small Business Development Center team.  This is her story...

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Advanced Small Business Management =

Getting Your Recipe to Market Client Success Story: Mathilde's Kitchen

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 28, 2022

Mathilde Wilson owns Mathilde's Kitchen beverage company using fresh and locally sourced ingredients that showcase the vibrant Haitian/Caribbean flavors. Mathilde is a graduate of the PCC Small Business Development Center's "Getting Your Recipe to Market" program and proud recipient of the 2022 Good Food Award. This is her story...

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Food, Getting Your Recipe to Market, #restaurant

Meet Capital Access Team Member: Bruce Melzer

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 24, 2022

Bruce works on the OSBDC Network Capital Access Team and teaches segments on lending for every program. With a wide variety of background in a broad swath of industries (from journalism, to energy efficiency companies), Bruce brings insight, knowledge, and experience to Oregon businesses looking for capital to grow.

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Capital Access Team, PCC Stories

Top 5 Careers PCC Grads Enter

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2022

Every term, thousands of students benefit from the valuable in-person and online coursework at Portland Community College. While some coursework results in long-term enrollment for multiple years, shorter programs quickly move students from their first course into their first job in a new industry.  

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Topics: Portland Community College, PCC, Job Search

Client Success Story: Syndicate Wine Bar, Beaverton, OR

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 16, 2021

Angela and David Anderson spent years helping Oregon’s wine industry grow by providing Web and consulting services for restaurants and wineries. In 2019 they stepped onto the front line of the industry and opened Syndicate Wine Bar in downtown Beaverton. Syndicate is “a community wine bar, bringing in all facet of wine culture,” they wrote. "A place where all people could sip, sample, buy bottles and snack on appetizers."

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

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