Portland SBDC

Small business advising and training to help you reach your business goals


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.

Tammy Marquez-Oldham
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.
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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.
Learn more here.

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.
Learn more here.

We’ve won industry and Small Business Administration awards, thanks in no small part to SBDC.
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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.