Updates from COCC Center for Business, Industry & Professional Development


Advising Business Client Feature: Live Junkless

“I’ve worked with Central Oregon Community College’s SBDC for a few months. Not knowing what to expect going in, I have to say, Sue and the SBDC are a fantastic resource for small businesses in Central Oregon! Sue is attentive and a great question asker. In our meetings, she helped define operations within Live Junkless, as well as help offer advice on hiring and retaining good employees. If you are considering reaching out, do it! I’m glad I did!” ~ Brett Williams, Live Junkless

Brett and his colleague Adam were recently featured on KTVZ.

If you are looking for help with junk removal or holiday light installation, visit Live Junkless.

Free Small Business Advising

Free Advising Sessions

Did you know the Small Business Development Center at COCC offers confidential, one-on-one, no-cost, professional business advising services to small business entrepreneurs throughout Central Oregon? The SBDC advising staff can assist you to start new businesses, expand your market, navigate impact of COVID-19, and plan for resiliency. We are here for all stages of your business’s life cycle.

The small Business Adviser team is comprised of a group of experienced business leaders who can help advise you on innovative ways to achieve your business goals.

For more information about advising services call 541-383-7290.

Meet Our Advising Team

Upcoming Small Business Courses

Business Core Discipline: What’s Your Plan?

Whether you are launching a start-up or you are already an established business owner, you need a solid business plan to help you navigate the times and manage your operations. Put your ideas into a workable plan and ensure that your business is viable! We can help you forecast sales & expenses, identify a target market, as well as develop other key elements of a business plan that will serve you going forward. Includes free access to LivePlan business planning software for three months.
Instructor: Sue Meyer
Wednesdays, January 11 and 25, and February 8
Hybrid (Redmond Classroom & Online); $199 Now Only $59!
This live in-person course usually costs $199 — it is currently offered at $59 thanks to expanded CARES Act & ARPA education funds. The course includes individual one-to-one advising.

Business Core Discipline: Finance & Accounting for Decision Making

If you are a business owner or manager, understanding your company finances is the foundation of success. Mastering the fundamentals of business finance can transform your accounting from a necessary evil into a means for identifying opportunities for growth. You already know your product or service, now take the time to get to know your numbers! Dealing with the financial aspects of running your company is the key to long-term survival in the business world. Make sure you are able to extract the information you need from your business records.
Instructor: Vaughan Briggs
Wednesdays, February 8 and 22, and March 8
COCC Cascades Hall 104; $199 Now Only $59!
This live in-person course usually costs $199 — it is currently offered at $59 thanks to expanded CARES Act & ARPA education funds. The course includes individual one-to-one advising.

Buying or Selling a Business

Take away tips and tools to help facilitate successful business investing, buying or selling. Gain insight on how to arrive at a market value. Sellers learn how to package their business. Buyers and investors learn how to analyze potential options. A practical guide for entrepreneurs interested in investing in, buying or selling a business.
Instructor: Peter May
Wednesday, February 15
COCC Cascades Hall 104; $69



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