Small Business Development Center Approved for Columbia County, Oregon

The Center will be the Oregon Small Business Development Center’s 21st location in the state

The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (Oregon SBDC) announced the approval of a new Small Business Development Center in Columbia County, Oregon. The Columbia County Small Business Development Center (Columbia County SBDC) is the first new center formed in Oregon since 2013. It marks the network’s 20th Center offering core business advising services in the state of Oregon.

The Columbia County SBDC will combine with a newly formed Business Resource Center (BRC), co-locating small business advising and coaching with economic development, business retention, recruitment and expansion, and tourism. The Center and staff will have access to all programs, protocols, systems, training, and software within the Oregon SBDC to enhance its already considerable capacity.

In addition, the new Columbia County SBDC will collaborate with BRC partners to conduct outreach and client recruitment that will serve every community throughout Columbia County. The advising services provided will be consistent with the other Oregon SBDC offerings, which include—as mandated by the federal Small Business Administration—no-cost advising and coaching to any business.

The Columbia County SBDC will be operated under the direction of Columbia Economic Team (CET) Executive Director Paul Vogel.

“This exciting development really is all about timing, and the timing is just right,” said Vogel. “Historically, our county has been difficult to serve by the Portland Community College SBDC due to geography and population factors. We’ve been experiencing significant growth, however, and the COVID pandemic both underscored the glaring need for business support and provided funding sources to make it possible,” Vogel added.

The Columbia Economic Team, a private/public membership organization serving Columbia County launched an initiative to form the Business Resource Center and SBDC after filling grant making and other small business assistance gaps during the pandemic and economic downturn.

“On the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbia County SBDC is a much-needed and anticipated resource for local small-business owners,” said Mark Gregory, state director for the Oregon SBDC. “With the new SBDC’s presence in Columbia County, there will be opportunities to expand and create new businesses, and provide business support solutions for the many challenges Oregon’s small-business communities face as they emerge from the pandemic in 2022.”

The Oregon SBDC would like to thank several state and local partners and investors. These partners include:

  • Columbia County Board of Commissioners
  • Columbia Pacific Economic Development District (Col-Pac)
  • The City of St. Helens
  • The City of Scappoose
  • The City of Clatskanie
  • The City of Vernonia
  • The City of Columbia City, Oregon
  • Sen. Betsy Johnson
  • U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
  • The Columbia Economic Team
  • CET Executive Director Paul Vogel
  • Tammy Marquez-Oldham, PCC SBDC Director

For all press inquiries please contact Paul Vogel at paulvogel@columbiacountyoregon.com.

How to Use SBDC Small-Business Mentoring to Start or Grow a Business

How to Use SBDC Small-Business Mentoring to Start or Grow a Business

Advising and mentorship at the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

A business mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser who can provide support and advice when it’s needed. Whether they’re starting or growing your small business, entrepreneurs can benefit from small-business mentoring and can put a small business on the right track toward success.

Luckily, finding an experienced small-business mentor is as simple as connecting with the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network.

Free advising services

Our mission at the Oregon SBDC is to provide expert advice, training, and resources for small-business owners through 20 conveniently located centers throughout Oregon.

One of the many benefits of connecting with your local Small Business Development Center is the free advising services for business owners.

Tap into the insight of our knowledgeable team of advisers, and receive valuable small-business mentoring through this no-cost service.

Advising is confidential and can cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Business support
  • Understanding and analyzing business financials
  • Hiring and scaling your operations
  • Intellectual property concerns

Our advisers understand how to start a small business in Oregon—and how to scale it when you’re ready. They can support you with individualized advice at every stage of your small-business venture.

Starting a company

It’s one thing to have a great business idea and another to actually start a business. Often, first-time entrepreneurs are unsure where to begin.

The Oregon SBDC has several tools available that help to streamline the process of creating and running your business, and one such tool is LivePlan.

This business planning software can simplify:

  • Creating your business plan
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Tracking performance

With customizable functions, hundreds of sample plans, and the ability to connect to other accounting software like QuickBooks, LivePlan can help you plan, fund, and grow your business.

As part of our small-business mentoring services, small-business owners can access this valuable software through their adviser.

Growing your business

If your small business is ready for growth, the Oregon SBDC can help guide you through the process of expanding it to the next stage.

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox for decision-making and action planning for start-ups and small businesses, designed to build your business in a simple, action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work.

It tackles the ongoing challenges that businesses across industries face in each stage of their life cycle and helps to map out business decisions.

The best part? It’s available at no cost to clients who work with our advisers as part of the benefits of small-business mentoring through the SBDC.

Understanding your market

When you work with a small-business mentor at the Oregon SBDC, their expertise in your local area will help you understand the market in which you operate.

For a more in-depth look, the Network’s Market Research Institute provides customized research reports and market intelligence for established businesses that anticipate growth.

Small-business owners will have access to data that will help them:

  • Identify opportunities
  • Better understand the competitive landscape
  • Refine business plans
  • Make smarter, more informed business decisions.

Based on your individual needs and goals, the institute’s market research report will encompass a range of topics and market analyses for a customized marketing plan with no direct cost to you!

Your adviser can help you understand and create a plan around your custom report, from industry trends and statistics to geographic analysis and supply chain information.

Finding and securing financing

When it comes to funding for your business, you want to ensure that any advice you receive is relevant to you and will help you succeed.

The Oregon SBDC’s Capital Access Team (CAT) is made up of specialized advisers located throughout the state who provide expert advice on accessing capital to foster economic growth and resilience.

When you connect with the CAT, you’ll be mentored by experts to help you:

  • Assess readiness for funding to determine next steps
  • Advise on business planning and projections to be “funder-ready”
  • Discuss and advise on different finance strategies
  • Provide financial analysis and feedback as needed
  • Advise on funding package documentation
  • Assist clients with funder relations and connections

The Capital Access Team has helped Oregon businesses successfully access more than $255 million in capital since its founding in 2010.

Small-business mentoring is available at each of our 20 Centers. To learn more about our network and how we can help you start a business or grow your existing small business, visit www.OregonSBDC.org.

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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