Those who want a real opportunity to better themselves and their business will want to take a close look at this.
This year, small business owners who income-qualify can get scholarships to help pay the cost of valuable programs and classes from the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College.
Thanks to assistance from Lincoln County, as well as the cities of Newport, Lincoln City and Waldport, the SBDC again has access to a federal grant. “This grant will help us deliver critical training and resources to microenterprises who income-qualify,” said SBDC director Dave Price.
A microenterprise is a business with five or fewer employees. The grant is also available to would-be business owners who income-qualify but have yet to launch a business.
Business Start-Ups and Tune Ups, a 10-week class designed to help entrepreneurs explore new business ideas, create business plans and more, is set to start April 7 at the Lincoln City OCCC center.
This spring, the SBDC is presenting several brand-new classes, including one designed to help growers, farmers and chefs get their recipes to market. Led by Lucinda Whitacre, whose all-natural powdered creamers, dry veggie burger mixes and other products – all manufactured in Depoe Bay – are now available in some Whole Foods locations as well as other major grocery stores, will lead the class.
Another new class is Sue Valentine’s five-session course on creating logos, labels and branding for new products. Valentine has a master’s degree in fine arts and has done design work for Airstream, Michelob, Pepsi and others.
The spring lineup also includes a powerful 10-week program designed to help would-be real estate broker’s prepare to take the Oregon broker’s exam. That class, to be held in Lincoln City, runs Thursday evenings, beginning April 2, and includes an all-day study session on the Saturday following the final class.
Yet another new class is a session all about the many free tools now available for editing photographs for online use. The class, to be held at the OCCC Central Campus in Newport, will help local businesses that sell online to more easily manage, edit and upload images to their websites and social media channels.
The spring catalog also offers a wide array of social media marketing classes, new classes on search-engine optimization, a four-week build-your-own-website class, a website tune-up workshop and much more.
For the complete course schedule, look for the “Catch the Wave” spring schedule, mailed last week to every address in Lincoln County, or find it online, at www.oregoncoastbusiness.com.
For more information, including dates, prices and more, or to apply for the CDBG grant scholarship funds, call the SBDC at 541-994-4166.
The Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College offers free, confidential, one-on-one business advising, as well as low-cost business instruction and information referral services. The SBDC is based in the Lincoln City OCCC Center, but serves clients across Lincoln County. More about the SBDC is available at www.OregonCoastBusiness.com.