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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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Which Global Trade Management Sessions Are Right for You?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 01, 2020

The recent coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty for businesses seeking to expand their products or services to customers outside the US - and for understandable reasons. The professionals working at the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center continue to monitor all developments as it relates to small business and will contribute that expertise to the Global Trade Management Series for the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Small Business, Global Trade, Growing a Business

Oregon Business Adversity Response Plan Regarding COVID-19

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 17, 2020
 
The Oregon SBDC Network has developed a set of guidelines for you to consider in not only this unprecedented situation created by COVID-19, but in any situation that may create significant impacts to your business operation. The reason for developing these guidelines is simply to help you be prepared in advance to respond to an abrupt decline in sales or profit, and to identify any changes to your operations that would make your business more resilient. The objective is to develop a plan of actions that you can implement quickly should they become necessary.
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Topics: Small Business, Business, coronavirus

4 Classes Managers Need to Adapt to Portland Workplaces

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 27, 2020

It is no secret that in the last decade, Portland's population has grown and the makeup of its workforce has changed drastically. In order to continue to effectively manage your employees, you must adapt, learn new skills, and gain an understanding of the diverse and ever-changing Portland workforce. It is critical as a manager to provide a healthy, safe, and respectful workplace for all of your employees. In order to accomplish this task, as a manager, you must continue to grow and improve in areas such as diversity, transgender employees, and workplace harassment. Workplace discord and stress affect everyone within the company and can affect not only your team's morale but also their productivity. 

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Topics: HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Portland Community College

Become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) this Spring

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 19, 2020

The PCC Small Business Development Center will offer Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Training for food manufacturers from April 16 to May 29, 2020. PCQI Training will equip you with knowledge to be recognized as a PCQI, but is also structured to guide you to develop all elements required in a Food Safety Plan, including a completed Food Product Recall Plan.

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Topics: Small Business, Restaurants, Getting Your Recipe to Market

Upcoming Classes and Programs from PCC's Small Business Development Center

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 18, 2020

Now is the time to start planning for our upcoming courses! We've summarized all upcoming programs and start dates below. Get in touch if you'd like to learn more about a program or need help with enrollment.

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Topics: Small Business, Business, Global Trade, Encore Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

Advisor Spotlight: Leslie Hildula

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 27, 2020

 

Small business ownership runs in Leslie Hildula's family. Her parents and grandparents were entrepreneurs, so she's been around small business owners all of her life. These days she is busy running the Restaurant and Retail programs for the PCC Small Business Development Center. (Click on the links below to review upcoming course dates and locations.)

Here is her story. . . 

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Restaurants, Retail Small Business Management

SBDC - Four Times You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation in March 2020

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 21, 2020


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help turn  business ideas into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market

Instructor Spotlight: Sean Harry, Small Business Builders

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 16, 2020

Sean Harry has been with PCC's Small Business Development Center for the last eight and a half years. Before that, he helped budding entrepreneurs turn their hobbies into small businesses. He has started four small businesses and is always excited to share his experiences and the experiences from the many small businesses he has advised.

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Portland Community College, small business builders

Upcoming Winter Programs from PCC SBDC

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 16, 2019

Winter programming from the PCC Small Business Development Center begins after January 1st! We've summarized upcoming programs and their start dates below. Get in touch if you'd like to learn more about a program, or need help with enrollment. 

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Topics: Small Business, CLIMB Center, Restaurants, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Retail Business Builders, Business Design Series

SBDC - Five Times You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation in January 2020

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 27, 2019


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help turn  business ideas into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market

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