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Take our no-cost Starting Your Own Business class when you want, where you want!
You may have already started your business, are just thinking about starting your business, or have been in business for a long time. No matter where you are in your small business journey the Starting Your Own Business class can help answer some of the basics of any business.

This course covers important tools and resources needed to establish a solid foundation during a business’s startup and is designed to be offered to you at no-cost and on demand. For a few minutes of registration, you can take this course at your leisure at any time within the next 60 days.

Take a few minutes and go to theOregon SBDC Classes page for this course, register, and then begin your class at your pace.

Take a look and see what you can learn about starting your own business!



Many of you have seen this already, but if not, Business Oregon is offering PPE for small businesses.  

Here is the link - https://supplyconnector.org/states/oregon/free-ppe/

 






Making a Marketing Plan that Works for Your Business
Marketing takes time, money, and preparation. One of the best ways to stay on schedule and on budget is to make a marketing plan. It describes the actions you’ll take to persuade potential customers to buy your products or services.

Your business plan should contain the central elements of your marketing strategy. Your marketing plan turns your strategy into action.

A good marketing plan will include topics that will help your business better reach people who will buy your good or service. These topics are your target market, your competitive advantage, how you will sell to your target market or your sales plan, the goals you have for your marketing and sales plan, your marketing action plan or what you will do to reach your target market, and how much it all will cost or your budget.

For more information on marketing and sales, click the link here:  SBA Marketing and Sales

Local expertise from your SBDC
Contact Dr. John Bacon
Dr. Bacon serves as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center and is dedicated to helping educate and develop the entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and supervisors of Oregon’s South Coast.


Press Release from John Bacon, SBDC:


Recovery Help Available from the Southwestern Oregon  Community College Small Business Development Center

 

COOS BAY, Ore—Assistance is available for small businesses working on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This assistance includes confidential advising available at no-cost to business owners, online trainings and connections with experts and resources from around the region and the state.

“Our team is dedicated to helping businesses through the pandemic, recovery and beyond,” said John Bacon, director of the Southwestern Small Business Development Center. “We have helped many small businesses navigate the various state and federal resources, finding the best solutions and helping them find long-term success.”

All advising at the Small Business Development Center is available at no-cost to business owners and is confidential. Advising is paid for by the Small Business Administration and the State of Oregon with the goal of helping businesses gain the resources and knowledge to thrive. Online classes are also available to help business owners hone specific skills to run their businesses successfully. The Small Business Development Center also offers advising and classes in Spanish.

“Talking with John from the SBDC cleared up some important details to help us pivot and thrive. He was very helpful helping us figure out the EIDL and PPP programs and most recently helping direct me to new hire opportunities and resources,” said Kevin Shaw of Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates and Desserts. “In a nutshell, the SBDC has been a treasure trove of information vital to our business’s survival and we are very grateful for John’s knowledge and help!”

To learn more about SBDC services or make an appointment, visit https://bizcenter.org/centers/southwestern-sbdc/or call 541-888-7001.