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A Look Inside: Pavement Services A Look Inside: Pavement Services
An important part of owning a business is finding the right niche for your services. Just ask John Duval, an engineer and business owner based in Portland area. John owns Pavement Services, a business which is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an engineering firm that […] Posted September 10, 2014
Strengthen Your Business for Government Contracts
Does your small business offer services that could lead to working on ODOT projects? Our ODOT Small Business Management program will give you tools to increase your capacity to complete ODOT and other government contracts. Learn industry tricks of the trade You don’t know what […] Posted August 19, 2014
A Look Inside: Oculus Fine Carpentry A Look Inside: Oculus Fine Carpentry
Three hours southwest of Portland, along a scenic stretch of the Oregon coast, stands Heceta Head lighthouse. This classic lighthouse offers a spectacular view, towering two hundred feet above the ocean.  It’s also a functioning lighthouse, able to project a beam of light more than […] Posted August 13, 2014
Turn Your Experience into a Rewarding Small Business with Encore Entrepreneurship Turn Your Experience into a Rewarding Small Business with Encore Entrepreneurship 3
Did you know that Americans 55-64 are starting new businesses more than people in their 20’s and 30’s? Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize their knowledge, skills, and experience into a rewarding small business. Whether it is retirement, a lay-off, […] Posted July 30, 2014
Small Business Development Centers: What Real-Life Entrepreneurs Think Small Business Development Centers: What Real-Life Entrepreneurs Think
Our director, Tammy Marquez-Oldhman, was highlighted in Grasshopper’s blog post “Small Business Development Centers: What Real-Life Entrepreneurs Think”.   The article includes perspectives from SBDC clients all over the country, and highlights some great benefits working with your local SBDC. Read on   Posted April 25, 2014
International Trade Small Business Management
Expand to new markets, grow your bottom line Work on your business with experienced international trade instructors Our program instructors include international exporting experts engaged in the trade daily who work for Port of Portland, U.S. Department of Commerce, and other organizations and businesses. They’ll […] Posted April 23, 2014
Marketing, Marketing, Marketing
Build your new business on a strong foundation With 50% of small businesses failing within the first year, your new business is constantly at risk. The Entrepreneur Development Series (EDS) focuses on marketing, sales, and other key skills you need to build and run a […] Posted April 11, 2014
The Art of Networking The Art of Networking
If you are like most small businesses, you have a nominal marketing and advertising budget.  So what marketing options do you have on a shoestring budget? Word of mouth. Word of mouth has been and remains to be the most the most powerful, low-cost marketing […] Posted March 27, 2014
Success Story: Pacific Networks Success Story: Pacific Networks
Don’t let the office size fool you. Pacific Networks has big plans outside of the Portland Metro region. Nuon Suon started the company in 2006 providing telecommunication systems to businesses, but his plan has always been to export to his home country of Cambodia. Soon […] Posted March 19, 2014
Small Business Management Small Business Management 2
Gain clarity and sustainable success by working ON your business instead of IN it Are you running your business or is it running you? The Small Business Management program is designed for businesses 1-3 years old to help you focus on building a profitable and successful […] Posted March 14, 2014