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Starting a Business During a Global Pandemic: The GDM Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 31, 2020

Jaime Johnston has found herself is a challenging situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was just getting ready to start her GDM beard oil business when things began to shut down. Her start up marketing plan was supposed to have her travel around the state to small retailers, but the Governor's "stay at home" orders made that plan impossible. With the help of the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center she was able to adjust her plans and start her business on a solid foundation. GDM officially launched sales in the middle of August 2020. This is their story. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Bricks and Minifigs Makes Adjustments During  COVID-19 Shutdown

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

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic Portland's Bricks and Minifigs store focused primarily on walk in sales. When the State of Oregon required people to stay home the store's owner, Spencer Crandall, had to make some adjustments in order to survive. Working with the PCC Small Business Development Center's Advisers, Spencer was able to gain important information about what he would need to do to take a portion of his business online. This is his story. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Wine & Spirit Archive Offers Unique Antidote to Covid Isolation

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

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly 100% of Mimi Martin's Wine & Spirit Archive's revenue came from in-person classes. The restrictions on gatherings in Oregon forced her to redesign existing courses to offer online training. Mimi was able to develop new classes suited to the stay at home orders. Her “Wine Class in a Box” provides a unique antidote to the isolation many people are experiencing. This is her story of resilience and adaptation.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

How Sparkling Palaces Uses UV as a Disinfection Treatment -- An SBDC Client Success Story

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

Amy Boggs owns and operates a local cleaning company that is on the cutting edge of innovation.  Amy opened Sparkling Places in 2002 in an effort to afford to continue her college education and has turned to cutting edge technology to expand her business to address the needs of customers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

How Remote.ly Is Building Resilience During Times of Adversity

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 03, 2020

Oliver Alexander started the co-working space (Remote.ly) just over a year ago on March 7, 2019. They were just beginning to turn a profit, hitting the black for the first time in February 2020. Then Covid-19 hit and their momentum was wiped out. The Federal PPP and EIDL programs helped them survive. Now Remote.ly is looking forward to reopening their doors as Multnomah County enters Phase I of reopening, but things will look very different for Oliver and his customers. This is the story of how Remote.ly is building resilience during challenging times.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Guidelines for Re-opening Oregon Small Businesses post-Coronavirus

Posted by Sean Harry on June 16, 2020

Leslie Hildula of the PCC Small Business Development Center offers a presentation on the guidelines set forth by the Oregon Health Authority for re-opening restaurants, retail, and personal service businesses following the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Coronavirus shutdown. In these two videos Leslie provides information on compliance requirements for the re-opening of small businesses that have been impacted by the Governor's orders. 

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Restaurants, Oregon, Retail Small Business Management, Retail Business Builders, coronavirus, Covid-19

Reopening Retail in the Time of Covid-19: An SBDC Client Success Story

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

Forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to pivot sales to 100% online was tough for Rita Hudson-Evalt (owner of Portland's Union Rose), but she was able to make it work with the help of her customers, staff and PCC SBDC Advisers. Now, as the state of Oregon begins to open back up, she faces a similar set of challenges. This is how she is responding to them. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Retail, Retail Business Builders, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

How to Choose a Side Hustle to Get Your Financial Life Back on Track

Posted by CLIMB Center on May 20, 2020

Cutting costs and boosting your income may be one way to get your financial life back on track if you've lost income during this challenging economic time. For many, additional income may come in the form of a side hustle, an activity you enjoy that can help you get back on your feet--outside of traditional 9-5 employment.

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Topics: Portland Community College, coronavirus

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

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