Small Business Development Upcoming Classes and Events

Scholarship Opportunity Available for Start-up Businesses

Small Business Management Program
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The Small Business Development Centers at the CLIMB Center for Advancement, Portland Community College and at Mt. Hood Community College, along with the Micro-Inventors Program of Oregon, have been selected by the Portland Development Commission to bring technical assistance and training to your business!
Please contact us at or call 
503-491-7658 to get an application

Understanding How Marketing Can Sustain and Grow Your Business

It is essential to understand whether focusing on new customers is more profitable for the business than concentrating on keeping current customers. Upon completion of this session you’ll be able to identify and locate your target customers through: Demographics (census data), Psychographics (lifestyle data) and Geographic (location data) Linguistics (keyword analysis) and Behavioristics. This presentation will also cover the unique message you need to develop for these targeted customers and the use of traditional printed media (ads, brochures, ect.) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to deliver this unique message to your targeted audience.

Date: 02/21

Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

Fee:   $55

Location: Classroom or live webinar

Click here to register for the Live Webinar

Click here to register for the SBDC classroom


Small Business Legal Basics

In this seminar you will learn how to protect your small business and deal with some of the legal issues involved when owning and running a business. You will discover how to avoid common mistakes while dealing with contracts, hiring employees and the structure of your business. In addition, it covers different licensing requirements and regulations, as well as tax implications for you and your business. This seminar is offered in partnership with the law firm Young Twedt McRostie LLP.

Date: 02/26

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Fee:   No Charge

Location: Classroom or live webinar

Click here to register for the Live Webinar

Click here to register for SBDC classroom


New Business Foundations Program

Get your start-up questions answered here! This 6-week online program is a must if you are opening a new business or have a business idea. Work with individual business counselors during the process of opening your business and get your questions answered. Topics to be covered in this program are:

  • What are the first Steps to getting my business started?
  • Is this a good time to start my business?
  • How do I figure how much $$$ it will take?
  • Where can I find some financing?
  • What do I need to know about registering my business and with whom?
  • What kinds of record keeping am I required to keep?
  • How do I target my customers?
  • Should I buy or Lease a location?

Available online: Click here for more information or to register

Registration Fee: $195 includes training and learning materials.


Business Start-Up Program 

The Business Start-Up Program will help you plan and grow your new small business successfully! This 3-month program includes business plan software, learning materials, online business training and individual business coaching (applicants must be in business from 0-12 months).


The Business Start-Up program includes:

  • Planning and evaluating the new business
  • New business marketing
  • Financing operations of the new business
  • Managing the operations of the new business

Registration Fee: $295*

*included learning material (business plan software and textbooks), online training and individual coaching.

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Registration is required. For more information, call
503-491-7658, or email

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