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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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Client Success Story: Vesna Ader - The Ruff House

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on September 23, 2021

 SBDC Client, Vesna Ader, dreamed of starting her own business. After several years of planning and many months confounded by a global pandemic, she was able to finally open her dream business in September 2021. The Ruff House is an indoor dog park where dog owners can enjoy a drink with both their two-legged and four-legged best friends! They also offer doggy daycare, boarding, training, and grooming. This is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Client Success Story: Robert Greenup Baka Umai

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 31, 2021

2019 graduate of the PCC SBDC Restaurant Builders program, Robert Greenup, has been obsessed with Ramen since he was a child. When he made a trip to Japan to visit family, he experienced delicious Mutekia Tonkotsu Ramen and spent the next year feverishly trying to replicate it. After that he decided to begin making his own noodles. One thing led to another and his restaurant Baka Umai (Japanese for "stupid delicious") was born. This is Robert's story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship, Restaurants

Client Success Story: Leo Ochoa & Dorsum Tech

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 26, 2021

Working as a wildland firefighter, SBDC client Leo Ochoa learned firsthand about back pain and how it hampered the work he did. That experience led him to design and manufacture spine-centric personal body support. In 2019 DorsumTech launched a Kickstarter campaign and receive its first orders. Manufacturing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, but now all the parts are coming together and DosrumTech is finally able to ship off their first round of products. This is Leo's story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Meet the New Food Business Advisor: Elisa Wickstrom

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 30, 2021

Elisa Wickstrom began her work with the PCC Small Business Develop Center in March of 2021. She is an advisor in the Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM) Program. This is her story.

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Topics: Meet the SBDC Team, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market

Client Success Story: Chris Pero perodesign

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 28, 2021

SBDC client Chris Pero (perodesign) is a premier art sourcing studio with many options for your art needs. They offer a wide variety of options that include custom picture framing, 3 dimensional wall artwork, concept design, layouts, art procurement, project management, art installation, finishing (such as printing on surfaces such as acrylic, canvas, metal), and more. This is Chris' story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Client Success Story: Dodge Media

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 19, 2021

Christi Dodge started her podcast and video production business to help other small businesses amplify their messaging. She is an expert at taking content and presenting it in a way that is informative, engaging and inspiring. Christi started her business in the spring of 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to impact businesses all across the country, and with the help of the PCC Small Business Development Center has been able to connect with resources in her community that have helped her start her business on a solid foundation. This is Christi's story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Client Success Story: Tactus Media

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 28, 2021

With his personal experience creating videos over the years, Bryan Cargill understands the value and impact video can make for helping build a brand. In August of 2019 he started Tactus Media to help elevate brand awareness and quality of digital assets in the community for small and mid size businesses. This is his story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Client Success Story: Hand Made Home

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 15, 2021

In February 2020 Jeff Inskeep started Hand Made Home. Hand Made Home remodels classic Portland homes with an eye toward historical details. His goal is to make homes more practical for the way we live today, but look like the new work could be original to the home.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Interested In Medical Coding? Take Anatomy and Physiology for Coders

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 24, 2021


Medical coders, also known as Medical Records and Health Information Specialists, are in high demand around the Portland area and beyond. With Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, as well as Adventist, Providence, and Legacy Good Samaritan, Portland is in many ways the healthcare hub of the state. Given the complexity of the healthcare and insurance world, these high-demand professionals have a relatively quick educational pathway to a job that makes on average $44,090 per year. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Medical Coding, institute for health professionals

Making a Career As A Dental Health Specialist

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 21, 2021


Portland’s population is constantly expanding and with it, there is a steady rise in the need for excellent dental care in our community. While any given practice may have one or a few dentists, each practice has excellent paying jobs like Dental Hygienists or Dental Assistants that require less extensive training periods than going through a full dental program.  

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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