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Turn Your Experience into a Rewarding Small Business with Encore Entrepreneurship Turn Your Experience into a Rewarding Small Business with Encore Entrepreneurship
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 I Small Business Management I
Gain clarity and achieve success by working ON your business instead of IN it Do you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around? The Small Business Management I program, designed for businesses 1-3 years old, helps you to step […] Posted March 14, 2014
Success Story: Nutcase Helmets Success Story: Nutcase Helmets
Nutcase Helmets’ story begins at the Oregon State and University of Oregon rivalry game. Michael Morrow, former creative director at Nike, wanted to properly cheer on his team, the Beavers; he took an old helmet and bolted rubber ducks with drawn-on uniform numbers and crossed […] Posted March 7, 2014
Grow Oregon Grow Oregon
Business is challenging. Companies need all the help they can get to create sustained growth over the long haul. The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN) has assembled teams of highly experienced business advisors to assess your current business and provide the tools to […] Posted March 7, 2014
NEW Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Prep Training NEW Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Prep Training
Advance your career, change careers, or gain new knowledge in international trade – become a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). The CGBP credential is highly respected and sought-after in the international trade industry.  The CGBP designation is accredited by NASBITE and recognized by the US […] Posted February 19, 2014