Our team of business advisers and instructors are ready to serve you, your family and your community. Together, we can help your business grow and thrive.
As an entrepreneur myself, I have experienced the challenges of growing a small business. I know the importance of continuing to learn as your business grows. I understand the difficulties of balancing family, while learning about operations, financial statements, marketing, sales, human resources and customer service. Our team of experienced business advisors and instructors are here to help, so you are not alone.
At your SBDC, you will work with experienced professionals who are service-focused. We will help you find the right resources for your business. Together, we form a team that will support you for the long-term.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you build your business.
Director, Portland Community College SBDC
PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center services are right for your current business needs because we provide you with a valuable combination of relevant business education and personalized, one-on-one business advising. In this way, you are given the information you need and the support required to help you apply it effectively. We offer training programs that are unique to wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey; from startups to mature businesses, our clients continue to rely on us as they grow.
More about our specialty training programs:
Business Design Series (Pre-business)
Business Design Series is intended to serve clients who have a business idea, but aren’t sure how to get started. In this 4-week training program, you’ll learn the basics of designing the foundation on which your business can start and eventually grow.
Learn more here.
Business Builders (Early stage businesses)
Business Builders is a comprehensive, 10-week training program that is designed to help you launch and grow your business with confidence. After working through topics such as pricing, marketing, and legal issues, you’ll move forward with a tool-box of planning templates from GrowthWheel, a business plan draft using LivePlan, and more.
Learn more here.
Restaurant Business Builders (Early stage businesses)
Restaurant Business Builders gives you all the benefits of Business Builders, but with a focus on starting a restaurant, food-truck or catering business. By learning inside information from
industry experts and successful restaurateurs, you’ll be ready to launch and grow your restaurant business with confidence.
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Advanced Small Business Management (Mature businesses)
The Advanced Small Business Management program is designed for established businesses who need help taking their businesses to the next level. In this program, you’ll focus on developing and implementing innovative strategies that can help you grow faster and scale quickly.
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Getting Your Recipe to Market (Pre-business to Early stage businesses)
Getting Your Recipe to Market is designed to help you turn your recipe into a commercial-ready food product in just 12 weeks. With support from food industry experts, OSU’s Food Innovation Center, and New Seasons Market, you’ll be prepared to launch into the marketplace with confidence.
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Buying and Selling Outside the U.S. (Pre-business to Mature businesses)
Facilitated by the OSBDCN Global Trade Center, Buying and Selling Outside the U.S. is ideal for business owners or top-managers wanting to become more familiar with all aspects of international trade. With 75% of the world’s consumers living outside the U.S., this program teaches you how to expand into new markets and take advantage of global marketplace opportunities.
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Our knowledgeable business advisers are experienced in all areas of business. From start-up to scaling and succession planning, the Oregon SBDC is here and ready to assist you.Speak WITH AN ADVISER TODAY
"Tammy brings the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship into her work at the PCC SBDC and the Global Trade Center. She cares about her team, the clients they serve, the communities and community partners. Her commitment to community connections and contributions is apparent in everything she does."
"Everyday I have the opportunity to serve small business owners who believe they are alone, and yet they are not. They do not know what they do not know, and this is normal. They teach us as we are teaching them. It is this experience of business advising and training as a service which changes the lives of small business owners, their families and communities. And through it all, I am also changed. The experience of business advising and training is a human experience. Together we shape the future through the power of business ownership and entrepreneurship."
Tammy Marquez-Oldham brings 30 years of experience in the education, healthcare, software and food industries to the clients she serves in her capacity at Portland Community College. She has owned several businesses and hired, trained and developed hundreds of employees. She has experience building business domestically and internationally, impacting more than 2,000 clients over the past 10 years. As director of the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center and the Oregon Small Business Development Center's Global Trade Center, Tammy leads the vision of providing the highest level of business education and advising possible. With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Warner Pacific College and a Master’s in Business from George Fox University, Tammy brings a unique and holistic approach to her work.
A caring connector, collaborator and catalyst who loves to help people so their businesses thrive!
It's important to support our communities. I love seeing how, through a successful business a founder can support their families, their employees who support their families, all contributing to the local economy. It's important life's work to keep this going for all of us!
Kim has an extensive background in sales, sales management, sales training and marketing. Her experience also includes entrepreneurship and startup business development across several sectors. For Kim, business acumen is a calling, social enterprise is a passion. She loves to help businesses and founders because ultimately this help strengthen our communities.
My colleagues often describe me as the "duality queen," centered between fun and down-to-business, art and commerce, concept and structure. Balance rules!
Small business brings empowerment to entrepreneurs, their families, their communities and our greater society. When individuals are allowed to share their voices through something as powerful as business, we’re one step closer to a future that represents us all. I do what I do so that others can share their voices and make their dreams come true.
Kayla brings five+ years of helping clients start and grow their businesses, with focuses on marrying brand and business model, art-based business, jumping the growth chasm and marketing strategy that works. With a BS in Marketing and an MBA under her belt, she brings structure to business strategy development and implementation. Kayla also co-owns a small creative company which shares the balance of creation through film projects and other creative mediums.
Jackie is dedicated to the success of solopreneurs whether they are solos, creatives or encores. She is not only a great teacher, but she is full of ideas and connects her clients to resources they can use to grow their enterprises.
I believe there are major changes taking place in the shape of the workforce. I know people can get back on their feet and create a flow of income for themselves by monetizing their expertise and creating a viable, valuable solo business. We can do what we love, what we know, make a difference in the world and make money to support retirement.
Jackie is a CPA, coach, author and consultant who has been an instructor and strategic advisor at the SBDC for over 16 years. Jackie developed the Encore and Solo Business Builders program, as well as the Encore Concept Development program, to help those over 50 monetize the knowledge and expertise they have gained in a lifetime of working. Jackie is a longtime entrepreneur and a published author.
Very knowledgeable, helpful and timely.
I enjoy helping others achieve their goals and in watching the company achieve at ever higher levels. The reward is the positive effect this has on the owners.
Warren is an International Trade Business Adviser with OSBDCN Global Trade Center. He has an MBA from the University of Puget Sound with an emphasis on international marketing and finance. He spent 25 years in the financial services industry which included managing a representative office in Tokyo, Japan, starting a wholly owned subsidiary for international trade and finance in Portland, Oregon, and was an SVP and Manager of the International Financial Services Division of U.S. Bank of Oregon. He achieved his Certified Global Business Professional certification in September, 2013.
Other internationally related assignments included Managing Director for the International Trade Division of Oregon Business Development Department which assisted companies in Oregon to engage in or expand their international activities, and helped organize several Governor trade missions.
He was the General Manager for Matsushita Kotobuki America (a Panasonic subsidiary), located in Vancouver, WA. While there, he was instrumental in leading the company to establish a Foreign Trade Sub Zone and establishing a sales office in Oregon.
Jill's steady persistence and encouragement often pushes her food clients through barriers and keeps them going toward creating their products.
Using my experience, education, and skills to help startup food businesses thrive is my professional joy. I enjoy connecting clients to others, sharing resources, problem solving, and identifying opportunities in the community to help local food producers produce products that are in demand.
Jill grew up in the Napa Valley and worked many different jobs in the wine industry. from the vineyards to the wine lab to sales. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She previously worked as a researcher at the OSU Food Innovation Center, taught farm management at Linn-Benton Community College and has been with the SBDC for five years.
Jill is a business advisor and co-facilitator of the Getting Your Recipe to Market program. She has more than 15 years of experience in the food and wine industry as a researcher, marketer, and consultant.
He is a team player, helpful, knowledgeable, and a good listener
To be of service and to do interesting work.
Noah Brockman leads the Oregon SBDC Network's Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on access to capital, business planning and financial analysis. Noah has worked with the Portland Community College SBDC since 2008, where he facilitates Profit Mastery and the Small Business Management II program.
He has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization - helping to secure millions of dollars in capital. His professional background includes management consulting, strategic planning, financial analysis, program management, market research and international affairs.Noah has an MBA from the University of Portland with a focus on entrepreneurship. He holds certifications in Project Management, Profit Mastery, and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
Amusing, knowledgeable, committed
International trade can be a real boost to a company’s bottom line but being comfortable in exporting can involve a series of challenges. Helping firms overcome those obstacles, whether large or small, has always been most rewarding for
Mr. Goddin was the Director of the Oregon office of the U.S. Commercial Service from 1997-2018. In this role, Scott counselled hundreds of businesses in sectors ranging from aviation and high tech to power generation and higher education on export business development. He also worked closely with economic development partners throughout the region on designing and offering trade capacity building and related training programs.Scott worked in the international trade field for more than forty years including more than 35 years with the Department of Commerce. At Commerce, he managed trade negotiation and business counseling portfolios covering China, Korea and Taiwan as well as multilateral issues including standards and government procurement under the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Scott has also had short assignments with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and with the Subcommittee on Trade of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Yevette is someone I can count on to have answers. She is supportive, friendly and dedicated.
I enjoy hearing the variety of people's ideas and being a part of making their dreams come to fruition.
Yevette was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She came to Oregon to attend Oregon State University. After leaving college she worked in retail management for several years before joining the SBDC team as a data entry assistant in 1992. Yevette currently serves as Portland SBDC's Program Specialist and lead Orientation Instructor.
Her 25+ years of experience makes her an obvious “go to” person for support throughout the Oregon SBDC Network. Her historical knowledge and familiarity of the systems give her an ability to predict the impact any new systems will have on both clients and support staff, and she is frequently tapped to provide support to staff throughout the network.
David is friendly and kind yet intense at times. He is well-connected and experienced across many industries and levels of engagement, and he brings unusual insight and valuable perspective.
I enjoy broadening my perspective. If I can assist someone to feel inspired and empowered in their personal journey, it moves me forward as well. The SBDC is a great place to interact with and assist a wide range of people and industries, allowing me to leverage the resources I have developed over time and apply them in a manner that can positively impact our community.
David W. Kohl is the Global Trade Liaison for the OSBDCN Global Trade Center. He is a Department of Commerce certified international trade adviser with a mission to identify and realize global opportunities for individuals and organizations. David has specialty expertise in cross-cultural relations and in particular the East Asia region. David's extensive international network and deep experience working with fortune 500 companies, top-ranked universities and government agencies around the world provide his clients with a unique set of resources and opportunities that create a distinct advantage in a dynamic and competitive world. David's clients have included The Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing, DuPont, Nike, Intel, Logitech, and security agencies at the Portland International Airport.
David is a federally appointed member of the District Export Council of Oregon and also serves as International Trade Liaison for the State of Oregon’s SBDC International Trade Center. David is a NASBITE Certified Global Business professional (CGBP) and Certified CGBP trainer.
David has served two terms as President of the Northwest China Council, remains on the Executive Committee, and additionally, sits on the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Confucius Institute at Portland State University. David also teaches as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Portland.
David holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, a Master of International Management (MIM) from Portland State University and has earned diplomas from Beijing Language and Culture University as well as the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
Terry puts the business owner at ease with his ability teach accounting clients so are able to grasp the concepts and develop strategic business decision to strengthen, grow and increase their profitability.
I get excited when I see a small business owner light up when they understand an idea or concept. Their enthusiasm to develop action plans for their success is very personally rewarding. I enjoy the diversity of clients I meet, with a goal of creating a partnership with the SBDC today and in the future.
Terry leads the Small Business Builders series. He is an instructor for Understanding Your Financial Statements, Inventory Management I & II, and Building a Budget. He assists small business owners with strategic planning. He is also a member of the Capital Access Team. Terry has an MBA from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Linfield College. He is a graduate of the America’s Community Bankers National School of Banking.
Bruce is a highly valued CAT Team member committed to assisting clients achieve their capital goals. He articulately communicates complex ideas, and he's fiercely committed to exploring the world's finest alpine trails.
After years as a business journalist, writing from the sidelines about how businesses succeed or fail, it’s rewarding to be able to step in to help businesses take action to succeed.
Bruce Melzer is a Strategic Advisor with Oregon SBDC Network’s Capital Access Team. He specializes in helping small businesses owners with business planning, finance strategy development and accessing debt and equity funding.
His diverse career ranges from work with energy efficiency start-ups and established firms, to radio, newspaper and web business journalism to business development at NPR. Bruce holds an MBA and an MS in Journalism, both from Columbia University, as well as a BS from UC Davis.