• Programs

    Ready for a deeper dive into the training you’ll need to develop your small business into a thriving one? Make an appointment for Business Counseling with one of our knowledgeable advisors, free of charge, or sign up for an ongoing program to commit yourself to increased efficiency, profitability and support. The Small Business Development Center offers ongoing programs like Small Business Management.

  • Small Business Greenhouse

    Start your business on the right foot with Greenhouse

    This 16-week program includes lectures, guest speakers, discussion, peer networking and individual business counseling. Listen to Greenhouse instructor Jeff Selby explain the benefits of this incredibly helpful program.

    The Greenhouse program is designed to help entrepreneurs successfully start up and operate all types of new businesses. Using LivePlan materials (provided as part of the course), you will create a business plan to take you through each phase of starting up, funding, and managing a successful business venture. Grow your business in our Small Business “Greenhouse.”

    Session topics include:

    • Management and legal structure
    • Marketing analysis, strategies, tactics
    • Understanding financial statements
    • Keeping better books and records
    • Financial planning and budgets
    • Developing and using cash flow projections
    • Financing--alternative sources of money
    • Negotiating in the "real world"
    • Managing growth
    • And much more

    DATES: 16-week program - Every Tuesday
    TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    COST: $495 ($3,000 value) One additional key person from your business may attend with you for free.

    To register, please visit CougarTrax, our online registration system, click “Continuing Education” and then search for the name of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Nishimoto at 503-594-0734 or bizcenter@clackamas.edu.

    Small Business Management I with Robert Sherk

    Develop practical, proven skills for transforming your organization

    If you are a business owner who wants to know more about marketing, planning, finances and profitability and is seeking satisfied, repeat customers, this course is for you.

    SBM is ideal for established small business owners (1-50 employees) in the Clackamas County area who have been in business at least two years. Service, retail, contractors, professionals and manufacturing businesses have all benefitted from the SBM program over the past 28 years.

    You’ll get 27 hours of expert classroom instruction plus two hours per month of one-on-one counseling. Meet once every 4 weeks and leave every class with plenty of new ideas and insights.

    DATES: Nine-month program (October-June). Sessions are held one afternoon a month.
    TIME: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    PLACE: Harmony Campus
    COST: $695 for a business owner ($4,000 value)

    To register, please visit CougarTrax, our online registration system, click “Continuing Education” and then search for the name of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Nishimoto at 503-594-0734 or bizcenter@clackamas.edu.

    Small Business Management GrowthWheel with Dr. Sean Harry

    Create joy and wealth through small business ownership. Learn the secrets of converting your passion into a thriving business

    GrowthWheel is a hands-on, action-oriented toolbox designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages address four key challenges: the challenge of an attractive business concept; the challenge of building lasting customer relations; the challenge of maintaining profitable operations; and the challenge of a strong organizational structure including hiring and retaining leadership and employees.

    In the Small Business Management class, business owners will overcome barriers to growth by addressing these key challenges. This class uses the GrowthWheel toolbox to help companies get focus, set an agenda, make decisions and take action.

    DATES: Nine-month program (October-June). Sessions are held one afternoon a month.
    TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    PLACE: Harmony Campus
    COST: $695 ($4,000 value)

    To register, please visit CougarTrax, our online registration system, click “Continuing Education” and then search for the name of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Nishimoto at 503-594-0734 or bizcenter@clackamas.edu.

  • Contact our Small Business Development Center

    Harmony Campus - 7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

    Email us: bizcenter@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-0738