Oregon Small Business Development Center: Training and Specialized Services 

Have you ever wondered how you can leverage the Oregon SBDC Network and our services to help launch and grow your small business? Whether you’re located in an urban center or rural Oregon, our 20 regional Centers and Global Trade Center assist entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the state in all aspects of business. 

Each Center is backed by our statewide network of support to help you find the right solutions and strategies for the success of your business. Our services include:

  • Training
  • No-cost advising
  • Small Business Management Program
  • Succession planning
  • Capital access
  • Market research
  • Cybersecurity
  • Global Trade Center
  • Innovation

Training

Small business owners can take advantage of the array of in-person and online classes offered through the Oregon SBDC Network. Some of our most popular topics include how to start a business, QuickBooks essentials, marketing for your small business, Construction Contractor Board (CCB) test preparation, and much more. 

To browse classes near you, first find your Center.

No-Cost Advising

Each of our 20 regional Centers provides no-cost, confidential advising for small business owners at any stage of business. Whether you’re seeking some guidance on writing a business plan, analyzing your business’s financials, or growing your team of employees, our knowledgeable business advisers can provide expert advice and connect you to valuable resources.

Advising requires filling out our online intake form and, at some Centers, attending a free introductory workshop to see if advising is right for you.

Small Business Management (SBM) Program

The Oregon SBDC’s SBM Program has one goal: to make you and your business more successful! Grow your business through this unique training program, which combines one-on-one coaching from an experienced adviser with classroom learning and business networking with other entrepreneurs.

The result is a customized plan to help you streamline each aspect of your business, financials and human resources and financials to digital and traditional marketing. 

The program typically starts in the fall with classes following the host college’s schedule.

Succession Planning

When you own a business with employees, personnel changes are inevitable. Having a plan for that inevitability is a critical aspect of your business!

At the Oregon SBDC Network, our experienced advisers help small business owners with succession planning, which keeps your business moving forward even as changes occur. 

From assessing your current workforce and identifying your top performers to strategizing on how to preserve institutional knowledge when key employees leave, we can support you to create a succession plan that fits the unique needs of your business. 

Capital Access

Small businesses often struggle with access to funding and finding the right financing to meet their needs. If you need support as you seek funding for your business, the Oregon SBDC Network’s Capital Access Team (CAT) is here to help!

CAT’s highly specialized advisers provide expert advising, training, and support for small business owners seeking funding. All advising is confidential, and the CAT team works collaboratively with a local SBDC business adviser to help clients work toward their goal.

Market Research

Is your business ready for growth and job creation? Better information leads to better decisions at this critical point in your business. The Oregon SBDC Network’s Market Research Institute provides customized, data-based research reports and market intelligence for established businesses that anticipate growth. 

Reports encompass a wide range of topics and databases centered on your needs and goals that can help your business:

  • Identify opportunities
  • Better understand the competitive landscape
  • Refine business plans

Clients should connect with their business adviser to see if leveraging the Market Research Institute is the right next step for their growth.

Cybersecurity

Cybercrime poses an increasing threat in our interconnected world, yet many organizations do not have a comprehensive cybersecurity plan in place. The Oregon SBDC Network’s Cybersecurity program, located at the Mt. Hood SBDC, offers educational awareness, workshops, training, and no-cost advising for businesses to address their cybersecurity needs.

Through collaborative partnerships, the Mt. Hood SBDC cybersecurity program brings world-class expert presenters in the field of cybersecurity and cyber intelligence for events, training sessions, and webinars.

Click here to see upcoming events. 

Global Trade Center

The Oregon SBDC’s Global Trade Center, hosted at Portland Community College, has been supporting entrepreneurs in taking their businesses global since 2017.

As the only center in Oregon specialized in international trade, the Global Trade Center serves as a statewide resource, combining one-on-one, no-cost trade advising with programs taught by business experts.

If you’re interested in expanding your customer base to international markets or importing products from your global supply chain, the Global Trade Center can help at no cost to you.

Innovation

The Oregon SBDC Network is proud to partner with organizations across the state that help us in our mission to build Oregon’s best businesses.

One of those partners is VertueLab, a valued partner in innovation. Oregon SBCDs partner with VertueLab to help tech companies in Oregon navigate and apply for grants through federal funding opportunities.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are competitive federal grant programs that award funding to small businesses to engage in research and development with the potential to commercialize new technologies.

To be eligible, companies must have the following qualifications:

  • Ideas and concepts that address the needs identified in at least one SBIR/STTR solicitation
  • The skills and experience to fulfill SBIR/STTR solicitation requirements
  • Plans and capacities to commercialize technologies resulting from SBIR/STTR awards

If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner excited about making a difference in tackling climate change and competing for an SBIR or STTR grant, you can connect with your regional SBDC for more information.

Ready to Get Started?

Oregon’s small businesses are as unique as our state. Whether you’re preparing to launch a business or planning to exit one, the advice and tools needed to be successful starts with connecting with your closest Center.

Advising

Free, Confidential Advising

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Our knowledgeable business advisers are experienced in a variety of topics, including writing a business plan, analyzing cash flow, marketing, hiring, and intellectual property concerns. Advisers understand how to start and do business in Oregon, and they can support you with valuable, relevant advice at every stage of your business venture, and can connect you to other valuable resources.

Each of our 19 centers provides confidential, no-cost business advising to help you succeed. Advising requires filling out our online intake form and, at some centers, attending a free introductory workshop to see if advising is right for you.

Connect with us today

You’ve got the idea and the business, let us help you take it to the next level.

First Steps to Starting a Business

Thursday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

July 15, 2021 – July 15, 2021
Instructor:
Lisa Woods
Location:
Live ONLINE via Zoom
Fees:
$25.00

Get ready to start your business with this comprehensive workshop. Filled with all the information required to take those first steps to becoming a business owner. Offered LIVE online via ZOOM for interactive classroom sessions.

Get ready to start your business with this comprehensive workshop. Filled with all the information required to take those first steps to becoming a business owner. Offered LIVE online via ZOOM for interactive classroom sessions.

LIVE Online Via Zoom, OR
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Construction Contractor Pre-License Training and Exam

Friday, Saturday 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

November 5, 2021 – November 6, 2021
Instructor:
Lisa Woods MBA
Location:
Umpqua Business Center Conference Room
Fees:
$450.00

One stop for both the required training and Oregon State Exam!
Preparing for the CCB exam, class provides the education required to obtain the CCB license. This program also includes the CCB exam which covers the content in the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 2nd edition. Exams consist of 4 Lessons:
Lesson 1 – OR Construction, Employees, Subcontractors<
Lesson 2 – Oregon Code, Safety, Environmental Issues, Building Envelope
Lesson 3 – Bids & Estimates, Contracts, Project Management, Lien Law
Lesson 4 – Business Structure, Business Finance, Business Taxes Students must pass each exam with 70% or higher. Once all the exams are passed the student can then apply for their CCB license.

Please Call 541-440-7824 for details

One stop for both the required training and Oregon State Exam!
Preparing for the CCB exam, class provides the education required to obtain the CCB license. This program also includes the CCB exam which covers the content in the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 2nd edition. Exams consist of 4 Lessons:
Lesson 1 – OR Construction, Employees, . . . Subcontractors<
Lesson 2 – Oregon Code, Safety, Environmental Issues, Building Envelope
Lesson 3 – Bids & Estimates, Contracts, Project Management, Lien Law
Lesson 4 – Business Structure, Business Finance, Business Taxes Students must pass each exam with 70% or higher. Once all the exams are passed the student can then apply for their CCB license.
Please Call 541-440-7824 for details
522 SE Washington Avenue, Roseburg, OR, 97470
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Construction Contractor Pre-License Training and Exam

Friday, Saturday 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

October 1, 2021 – October 2, 2021
Instructor:
Lisa Woods MBA
Location:
Live ONLINE via Zoom
Fees:
$450.00

Preparing for the CCB exam, class provides the education required to obtain the CCB license. This program also includes the CCB exam which covers the content in the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 2nd edition. Exams consist of 4 Lessons:
Lesson 1 – OR Construction, Employees, Subcontractors
Lesson 2 – Oregon Code, Safety, Environmental Issues, Building Envelope
Lesson 3 – Bids & Estimates, Contracts, Project Management, Lien Law
Lesson 4 – Business Structure, Business Finance, Business Taxes Students must pass each exam with 70% or higher. Once all the exams are passed the student can then apply for their CCB license
**Fall 2021—DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THESE CLASSES WILL BE PRESENTED USING ZOOM.**
CLIENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CLASS:
1. COMPUTER WITH CAMERA OR A LAPTOP WITH CAMERA (CANNOT USE PHONE)
2. HIGH SPEED INTERNET
3. ABILITY TO USE ZOOM ONLINE
SHOULD YOU HAVE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES, UCC SBDC MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY FOR TRAINING DATES. Please Call 541-440-7824 for details.

Preparing for the CCB exam, class provides the education required to obtain the CCB license. This program also includes the CCB exam which covers the content in the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 2nd edition. Exams consist of 4 Lessons:
Lesson 1 – OR Construction, Employees, Subcontractors
Lesson 2 – Oregon Code, Safety, Environmental Issues, Building . . . Envelope
Lesson 3 – Bids & Estimates, Contracts, Project Management, Lien Law
Lesson 4 – Business Structure, Business Finance, Business Taxes Students must pass each exam with 70% or higher. Once all the exams are passed the student can then apply for their CCB license
**Fall 2021—DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THESE CLASSES WILL BE PRESENTED USING ZOOM.**
CLIENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CLASS:
1. COMPUTER WITH CAMERA OR A LAPTOP WITH CAMERA (CANNOT USE PHONE)
2. HIGH SPEED INTERNET
3. ABILITY TO USE ZOOM ONLINE
SHOULD YOU HAVE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES, UCC SBDC MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY FOR TRAINING DATES. Please Call 541-440-7824 for details.
Roseburg, OR, 97470
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Real Estate Broker’s License Pre-Test Training

Tuesday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

September 14, 2021 – November 16, 2021
Instructor:
D. Stribling II
Location:
Live ONLINE via Zoom
Fees:
699.00

Start your career in Real Estate! Our 10 week Real Estate Brokers Pre-License training course meets the 150-hr State of Oregon requirement. This course is a hybrid, meeting Tuesday’s online via Zoom, and coursework performed individually each week. Course Instructor and Principal Broker David Stribling also offers an optional all-day review Saturday, November 20th. All materials are included. Call 541-440-7824 for more information.

Start your career in Real Estate! Our 10 week Real Estate Brokers Pre-License training course meets the 150-hr State of Oregon requirement. This course is a hybrid, meeting Tuesday’s online via Zoom, and coursework performed individually each week. Course Instructor and Principal Broker David Stribling also offers an optional all-day review Saturday, November 20th. All materials are included. Call . . . 541-440-7824 for more information.
ONLINE, Roseburg, OR, 97470
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Social Media and Online Marketing

Wednesday 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

July 14, 2021 – September 1, 2021
Instructor:
Justin Deedon
Location:
Umpqua Business Center
Fees:
$249

Social Media & Online Marketing: This 8-week course is for those business owners who are ready to standout in the competitive world of online marketing. Course Instructor and Small Business Development Center Advisor, Justin Deedon can help you make an impact.

Social Media & Online Marketing: This 8-week course is for those business owners who are ready to standout in the competitive world of online marketing. Course Instructor and Small Business Development Center Advisor, Justin Deedon can help you make an impact.

522 SE Washington Avenue, Roseburg, OR, 97470
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QuickBooks Basic

Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

August 3, 2021 – August 10, 2021
Instructor:
Gale Peterson
Location:
Umpqua Business Center
Fees:
$149

The class is for beginning to intermediate users. In this 3-class course series, you’ll get an orientation and learn how to navigate QuickBooks, the most-used bookkeeping program for small business.
 Create a company file
 Set up and modify the chart of accounts
 Enter check and deposit transactions
 Reconcile bank statements
 Create and Study Income Statements and Profit and Loss reports
 and More!
Live in-person interactive class format allows you to ask questions and get specific help with your bookkeeping needs.

The class is for beginning to intermediate users. In this 3-class course series, you’ll get an orientation and learn how to navigate QuickBooks, the most-used bookkeeping program for small business.
 Create a company file
 Set up and modify the chart of accounts
 Enter check and deposit transactions
 Reconcile bank statements
 Create and Study Income Statements and Profit and Loss . . . reports
 and More!
Live in-person interactive class format allows you to ask questions and get specific help with your bookkeeping needs.
522 SE Washington Avenue, Roseburg, OR, 97470
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Ready, Set, Plan Your Business with Live Plan

Tuesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

July 20, 2021 – September 7, 2021
Instructor:
Justin Deedon
Location:
LIVE ONLINE w/ Zoom
Fees:
$199

Complete Your Business Plan in Just Four Class Sessions
You’ll learn how to cultivate and document:
Putting Your Ideas into Words
Forecasting Sales and Expenses
How to Reach Your Target Market
Building a Team
Using Your Plan to Manage Business
This innovative class is the only one in the area providing participants with the support and software needed to successfully complete a business plan and be ready to pitch their business idea to lenders.
Program Includes:
Three Months Free Access to LivePlan® Online Business planning tool
Class Held every other Wednesday for 4-weeks of Business Plan Class Work,
One-on-one sessions held in between class sessions.

Complete Your Business Plan in Just Four Class Sessions
You’ll learn how to cultivate and document:
Putting Your Ideas into Words
Forecasting Sales and Expenses
How to Reach Your Target Market
Building a Team
Using Your Plan to Manage Business
This innovative class is the only one in the area providing participants with the support and software needed to successfully complete a business plan and . . . be ready to pitch their business idea to lenders.
Program Includes:
Three Months Free Access to LivePlan® Online Business planning tool
Class Held every other Wednesday for 4-weeks of Business Plan Class Work,
One-on-one sessions held in between class sessions.
ONLINE, OR
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Social Media Basics for Business

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday –

January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2020
Instructor:
Killen
Location:
Online
Fees:
Free

A free and comprehensive introduction to social media for brand new businesses, businesses new to social media and businesses that want more from their social media efforts. Immediate access!

A free and comprehensive introduction to social media for brand new businesses, businesses new to social media and businesses that want more from their social media efforts. Immediate access!

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