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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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Building Resilience During Times of Adversity: An SBDC Client Success Story

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

Meegan Gregg started Backbody Project in 2016 to meet her own personal workout needs. The business grew and she was ready to lease her own space until Covid-19 hit in March, throwing a curveball her direction. Taking her business online (reluctantly) has proven to be a tremendous success. April was one of her strongest months ever! This is her story...

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

How to Work With Small Retailers During A Global Pandemic. Adviser Spotlight on Celeste Sipes

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 28, 2020

Celeste Sipes joined the PCC SBDC team in February of 2020 -- Just in time for a global pandemic to hit Portland that has dramatically influenced small retail businesses. But Celeste, who also owns a successful online retail business, is up to the challenge! These are indeed difficult times for brick and mortar retailers who are trying to figure out how to continue to operate without the normal flow of physical customers. Below is the story of how Celeste is able to provide a sense of sanity in a time of upheaval.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Restaurants, Retail Small Business Management, Covid-19

New Round of PPP Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 22, 2020

The SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program ran out of funds just 2 weeks after they were rolled out. The PPP and the EIDL are the two primary programs designed to help businesses suffering hardships due to coronavirus. Congress is expected to allocate additional funds for these two programs with an emphasis on the PPP which is designed to help the greatest number of small businesses. [More on the latest funding legislation.]

If you have not already received PPP funding and need to apply, here are a few important things to consider in this process.

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Topics: Small Business, coronavirus

Response, Recover, Resilience - Fact Sheets for the SBA's COVID-19 Response Programs

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 10, 2020

In response to the economic crisis due to COVID-19, PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center is Open for Business Virtually. Our Oregon SBDC Network page is updated regularly with information related to emergency loans and other financial assistance, and we've highlighted four programs below.

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Topics: Small Business, coronavirus

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

We’re standing apart, but coming together as a community of learning

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 26, 2020

Our community of small businesses and the partners who serve them is one of innovation, creativity, resilience and drive.

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging many of our traditional approaches to small business services, including business advising and training. We are rapidly adapting the ways we bring together communities of small businesses as we learn and fortify together.

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Topics: Small Business, coronavirus

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

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