Retail Small Business Management


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Work smarter and grow your retail business.


Opening a second location? Increasing online store sales? Cultivating a loyal customer base? 

Retail Small Business Management gives you the knowledge and support you need to grow and strengthen your business, saving you years of frustration and experimentation.

By the end of the program, graduates typically have:

  • Increased sales and profitability
  • Improved inventory management & accounting systems
  • Learned the latest in social media marketing techniques
  • Implemented a marketing strategy and calendar to reach out to new customers and increase repeat business 
  • A capital access strategy to meet growth goals
  • Learned how to attract and manage employees

NEW CLASS STARTS MARCH 11, 2019 - register now

What to Expect

This 10 month, 10-session program meets for 3 hours once per month, and offers up to 20 hours of one-on-one advising for the duration of the course.

  • Group learning and networking to discuss challenges, exchange resources, and find solutions with peers.
  • 30 hours of business education specifically designed for retail business owners taught by subject matter experts and successful local retailers. Complete the form on this page to get a detailed course outline.
    • Session 1:  A Strong Brand Attracts Customers & Repeat Business
    • Session 2:  Analyzing Profitability
    • Session 3:  Online Marketing to Your Target Customers
    • Session: 4:  Online Sales & Service
    • Session 5:  Inventory Management
    • Session 6:  Leading Employees
    • Session 7:  Let’s Get Visual
    • Session 8:  Location, Leases, Expansion & Collaboration
    • Session 9:  Creating a buzz with locals & tourists
    • Session 10:  Creating Loyal Customers
  • Up-to 20 hours of one-on-one advising in confidential monthly meetings.
  • Complimentary access to “Before You Go Global,” an online course to help you start selling your products in global markets.
  • Access to specialty business advisors with a wide range of expertise.
  • Access to market research resources such as Southern Oregon University Market Research Institute, SBDCNet, Reference USA, MarketLink, and Euromonitor.

Find your tribe of Portland retail business owners.