Just about everyone eventually dreams of being their own boss, doing what they love for a living rather than what they just happened to “fall in to.” During this very slow recovery from a structural recession, it’s more important than ever to not only think-outside-the-box, but “beyond-the-box-factory” itself.
History and most economics instructors teach us that small business leads every recovery, especially those that offer a new or re-packaged set of services or products. But getting started on your new idea or approach to employment requires basic understanding of how to run such a business, from inception to taking it public, if you’re a really exceptional entrepreneur.
So here’s the pitch:
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding an Open House at Oregon Coast Community College on August 25th. The SBDC’s mission is to help businesses to start, grow and thrive in Lincoln County. The Center serves businesses in all stages of growth and development, from start-ups to assisting businesses owners in selling their operations. It offers free counseling and referral to all businesses in the county. Low cost seminars and programs are offered throughout the year.
Guy Faust, SBDC Director, Ron Spisso Small Business Management (SBM) Coordinator and Suzan Brewer, Office Manager will be on hand to welcome everyone that owns a business or who wants to start a business in the county. They will introduce the SBDC instructors and their offerings. Fall classes will cover businesses using social networks, Google, the Microsoft Suite, Web Page Design, Quickbooks and Constant Contact. Instructors are service providers with in-depth experience in their fields. They will share outlines of their particular classes and ask for suggestions about future related classes. There will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas for new classes and make suggestions on convenient times and venues. The SBDC is open to new class offerings by local business owners and service providers.
Next Level: Start ups and Tune ups and the Small Business Management program are two premier programs to assist businesses in their development. Each semester Rueben Johnsen assists new and existing business owners in a ten week class on how to develop a business plan. Ron Spisso leads the SBM program. This nine month program is for established businesses. It helps owners implement systems, increase sales growth, improve personnel development and overall profits. In joining either program, business owners have the chance to work closely with their peers and instructors to face business challenges and share opportunities in an intimate and confidential setting. The SBM program offers monthly one-on-one counseling. Both programs start Fall term. There are limited openings. Applications will be available at the open house.
Over the past eighteen years both programs have developed a learning community where business owners can easily stay current with their peers in a relaxed atmosphere. The Open House continues this tradition with another fun event. Refreshments will be provided. Zeke Olsen from Bone Pile Bar-B-Que will be serving his famous pulled pork sandwiches. There will be refreshments, games and several pleasant surprises. Oregon Coast Community College is located in South Beach at 400 SE College Way. The event will start at 4:30 and last until just before sunset at 7:30pm.