News from the Tillamook Bay Community College Small Business Development Center

Tillamook County Democrats Candidate Forum

By Arlene M. Soto, CMA, CGBP, Tillamook Bay Community College, Small Business Development Center Director
In just a couple weeks it will be 6 months since I started work at the Tillamook SBDC. The time has flown by. I’m thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met and for the chance to serve the businesses in the county. I’m also thankful spring has arrived with warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer days. I feel like the SBDC is making good progress on our goals for 2018. So far this year the Tillamook SBDC team has advised 72 business clients and trained 46 participants in workshops and classes.
Remember free, confidential one-on-one advising times are now available in north county and south county by appointment. The next available appointments in north county are Tuesday, May 22nd and June 12th. The next available appointments in south county are Wednesday, May 16th and Tuesday, June 5th.


The Lower Columbia Human Resource Management Association (LCHRMA) will be offering a class entitled “Recruiting and Retaining Successful Employees” in Tillamook on May 23rd from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Location: Port of Tillamook Bay, 4000 Blimp Blvd. More information and registration is available at www.lchrma.org.
SAVE THE DATE! June 13th the Tillamook SBDC will be hosting the Governor’s Marketplace. Tap Into Billions of Dollars in Public Contracting Opportunities the Governor’s Office leads the way to show you how. There are billions of dollars of public contracting opportunities in Oregon, each of which offers opportunities for local small businesses in communities throughout the state. The Governor’s Marketplace Statewide Editions, partnered with Business Oregon, Department of Administrative Services and Secretary of State, break down barriers to public contracting and help connect small businesses to an array of resources, tools, and networking opportunities to make public contracting more accessible. These events are free to all attendees. Contractors licensed with the CCB can receive up to four hours of continuing education credit for learning about public contracting. Space is limited. Register for this event at https://2018gmp_tillamookbaycc.eventbrite.com/. The event will take place from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at the PRI building, 4506 3rd St., Tillamook.
Want to be more prepared for the June 13th Governor’s Marketplace? Join us on May 23rd noon – 1:00 pm for a brown bag lunch to learn more about being prepared to take advantage of government contracting opportunities. Bring your own lunch. We’ll have an informal discussion of what information is needed to register for ORPIN (Oregon Procurement Information Network), your pathway to state government contract opportunities.
Upcoming workshops offered by the SBDC:
5/16/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am Cash is King! Am I Really Making Money in my Business at TBCC main campus room 105. The cost of this workshop is $20.
Cash and profit does not mean the same thing. Every business owner needs to know their break-even point and how to project their future revenue and expenses. You don’t have to be a CPA to understand the finances of your business. Understanding how to use a few common reports and worksheets can make you the financial manager you want to be.
5/23/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Guide at TBCC main campus room 102. The cost of this workshop is $20.
The best Small Business 101 course you will ever take! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is critical for anyone that wants to start and sustain a successful small business.
6/6/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Guide at TBCC main campus room 102. The cost of this workshop is $20.
The best Small Business 101 course you will ever take! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is critical for anyone that wants to start and sustain a successful small business.
6/28/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Guide at TBCC main campus room 103. The cost of this workshop is $20.
The best Small Business 101 course you will ever take! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is critical for anyone that wants to start and sustain a successful small business.
7/10/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Guide at TBCC main campus room 103. The cost of this workshop is $20.
The best Small Business 101 course you will ever take! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is critical for anyone that wants to start and sustain a successful small business.
7/18/18 – 8/29/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am What’s Your Plan: Writing a Compelling Business Plan (4 sessions) at TBCC main campus room 107. The cost for this course is $175.
Participants may be eligible for a rebate of $125 if they complete their business plan by 7/5/18. Looking for a way to be more effective as a business owner? Trying to finance your business? Want to plan for business expansion? Retirement? Selling your business? Your business plan provides a roadmap to business success, helps in raising capital, and provides a way to communicate a business concept. Attendees will use LivePlan, an online business plan template for the class. Access to the template will be available for one month beyond the end of the class to allow time to complete a business plan. In this class you will learn:
What a business plan is
Why a business plan is so important
Who will read your business plan
How to put a business plan together
Resources and much more

7/25/18 Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Guide at TBCC main campus room 103. The cost of this workshop is $20.
The best Small Business 101 course you will ever take! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is critical for anyone that wants to start and sustain a successful small business. For more information about training programs contact Laura Gruenewald 503-842-8222 x1420 or tillamooksbdc@bizcenter.org. To register visit https://bizcenter.org/centers/tillamook-bay-sbdc/our-classes/.
We hope to see you soon.