Small Business is big business here in the Columbia Gorge. We are available to help you achieve your goals in operating a successful business. Whatever your needs may be, we will provide assistance that is relevant and responsive.
Each of our advisers has experience running a small business and understands the challenges you may be facing. Our center is part of a statewide network and has access to resources that will help you overcome each hardship and achieve your dreams as a small business owner.
At the Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center, we offer support with:
- Business plan development
- Loan application packaging
- Marketing plan strategies
- Hiring and managing your team
- Navigating the business regulatory process
- Managing cash flow challenges
No matter what stage your business may be in, we will listen to your needs and help you find solutions to achieve your goals for success.
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I couldn’t imagine ever running a business without the SBDC classes, and nor would I. You can always learn more. The SBDC provides confidence, the ability to ask questions and help with the stress. I cannot say enough about the Chemeketa SBDC.
Through the classes SBDC has provided I have the necessary skills required to run a business. I thank SBDC for their support.
Not only the support for what is needed to run a business, but also the emotional and personal support has been a great benefit. That extra support has been really important to me.”
I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jeff Nelson from the Blue Mountain SBDC, who quickly guided me in the right direction. SBDC’s continued guidance, positive attitude, and motivation have been a great support to my success. Thank you SBDC as I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you Jeff Nelson, for being so approachable and believing in my dream of building a successful business.
The SBDC staff really want to help you get where you want to go. I don’t feel rushed, it is really impressive. I would absolutely recommend the SBDC to new business owners.
A lot of what has been helpful is (my adviser) confirming that what I’m doing is right. I’ve taken myself out of the job in the business and working on it is the best thing I could have done. But I needed to hear from a professional that I was doing the right thing.
It was really worth it!
With the online store, we can expand our product’s accessibility to customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
We were able to receive guidance on cash flow management and help preparing loan documents. These services helped us achieve our goal of obtaining a larger commercial facility that will help our business grow now and in the distant future.
In the course we gained a wealth of information about human resource management, customer service, marketing, technology and much more.
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From our intensive Small Business Management Program cohort-based classes to workshops on new laws, HR and emerging marketing trends, we have the classes you need to help start and grow your business. It all starts by connecting with your local center.