Did you know the Gorge has a Small Business Development Center that offers free one-on-one business counseling, workshops and other services? They work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies, from one employee to 500. Housed at Columbia Gorge Community College, upcoming courses include a Quickbooks Learning Lab in August and the Small Business Management Program.
The Small Business Management Program is open to business owners and managers of businesses that have been operating for at least 1 year. This ten-month program (meets one day per month) provides 30 hours of classroom training and up to 20 hours of one on one business counseling and mentoring. It provides an opportunity for established business owners to improve their financial knowledge and management skills. Classes include business planning, understanding financial statements, breakeven and cashflow analysis, growth planning, marketing / website, employee management/strategic planning, and business transition. Learn more about the SBDC or search their online resources here.