What: Twice-Monthly Networking Opportunity
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays at Noon
Where: OCCC Locations in Newport and Lincoln City
The Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College has been in something of a drought. Certainly the past 15 months have been the busiest in the SBDC’s history, in terms of the number of local businesses the SBDC has helped and provided free no-cost advising.
However, since the dawn of the pandemic, the SBDC’s barbecue grills have sat empty. Cold. Forlorn.
Now that masks are optional at OCCC and the SBDC, and folks are interested in gathering together once again to network, catch up, and learn the latest business news, the SBDC’s grills are being fueled and cleaned to be ready for a busy summer.
“Business Over Burgers” is a new series presented by the SBDC in concert with the Lincoln City and Greater Newport chambers of commerce. Together these organizations are inviting local businesses to come together at OCCC’s locations in Lincoln City and Newport on the second and fourth Mondays of July and August, and the second Monday of September, for fresh-grilled hamburgers – and robust business discussions.
The first of these sessions is set for Monday, July 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at OCCC’s North County Center, 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. The session will be joined live via Zoom with the crowd gathering for burgers at the OCCC Central County Campus in Newport. The event will feature time for business owners and managers to meet and talk with each other, along with a special presentation from Rep. David Gomberg and State Senator Dick Anderson. These local legislators, both Lincoln County residents, will recap the legislative session that just ended, and summarize some of the key outcomes of the session for Lincoln County and local organizations.
“We’re excited to welcome the business community back to campus and our SBDC offices,” said Dave Price, OCCC’s Vice President for Engagement and Entrepreneurship, a role that includes oversight of the Small Business Development Center. “The pandemic hit our county hard, and events like this will lay the foundation for recovery, as people get to meet in person once again, and have the opportunity to share best practices, to learn more about how the recovery is going in various parts of our county.”
Upcoming sessions of “Business Over Burgers” will feature presentations on cyber-security and an update on the many economic development projects currently underway in Toledo. On July 26, the topic will be “Pandemic Silver Linings,” during which attendees will be asked to share what business practices they began to survive and thrive in the pandemic that they plan on continuing moving forward.
Learn more about the “Business Over Burgers” series, and register to attend, at oregoncoast.edu/sbdc. Lunch is free for any recent or current SBDC client, or for any member of any Lincoln County chamber of commerce. Otherwise, lunch is $5. Anyone not eating may attend free of charge.
SBM Applications Open Now
The SBDC is accepting applications from interested candidates for the Small Business Management Program for 2021-2022. The program will begin in the Fall of 2021 and run through June 2022. The program features monthly classes, many of which feature guest speakers who are experts in their fields on a variety of different topics. The program also features monthly one-on-one advising sessions with Lambrecht or another SBDC advisor. The program is only $200 per academic term and there are generous scholarships available, including 100% tuition scholarship from the City of Lincoln City for any Lincoln City business, along with a similar program in Waldport. Other entities, ranging from Northwest Oregon Works to the Toledo Rotary Club, have offered scholarships in the past and such opportunities may be available for the new year from these or different organizations.
To learn more, call 541-994-4166, or visit oregoncoast.edu/small-business-management/.