Portland District Office  – January 6, 2023

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Congratulations to the Portland District THRIVE Class of 2022!

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L – R: Toby Roberts of Thaan Charcoal, Rebecca Behan of Love My Switches, Ben Bisland of Warm Springs Construction Enterprise, Jamie Buck of Skyhook Ninja, Nancy Faubel of Corner Coffee Shop, Chris Eaton of Appku, Mark Newman of Protoco Enterprises, Heather Blagg of Blue Mountain Electric, Chris Dunham of Columbia Water Technology. Sitting L to R: Lani Doser of Skinwise RX, SBA Coach Kelly Tweeddale, Scott Combs Clark Kjos Architects, and SBA Outreach and Marketing Specialist Ashley Lambeth Christian “LC”.

Please join us in congratulating the Portland District SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Class of 2022. For the last 6 months, these dedicated entrepreneurs embarked on an intense executive-level training program to take their business to the next level. Well done!!

Congratulations to:

Toby Roberts, Thaan Charcoal
Rebecca Behan, Love My Switches
Benjamin Bisland, Warm Springs Construction Enterprise
Jamie Buck, Skyhook Ninja
Nancy Faubel, Corner Coffee Shoppe LLC
Christopher Eaton, AppKu
Mark Newman, Protoco Enterprises LLC
Heather Blagg, Blue Mountain Electric
Chris Dunham, Columbia Water Technology
Lani Doser, Skinwise Rx
Scott Combs, Clark/Kjos Architects

If your thinking about taking you business to the next level for 2023, be on the look out for our upcoming announcement calling for applications for this highy impactful program.

Learn more about THRIVE

Kelly Tweeddale and Ashley Lambeth Christian “LC”

Delivering a high quality program such as the THRIVE Emerging Leaders Reimagined program requires a high level of expertise and we wanted to give a shout out to SBA Coach Kelly Tweeddale from Break the Tape Leadership and SBA Outreach and Marketing Specialist Ashley Lambeth Christian “LC” for their tireless and dedicated support over the last six months.  

Q & A with the SBA 

Let us hear from you!

Whether you’re starting a business, growing a business, or in recovery mode, we can offer guidance on our Resource Partner Network, loan programs, government contracting and certifications, and more!

The SBA Portland team is here to help answer your questions live. The sessions are not recorded.

What: Q&A with the SBA
Where: Virtual live event via Microsoft Teams Platform or Phone Call
When: Occurs the second Wednesday of the month
How: Register through Eventbrite and you will be provided a Microsoft Teams Link or phone number to join in your e-mail confirmation.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No-cost session

Join us

Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. PST

Reserve your spot

Think your business is too small to contract with government agencies? Think again!

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Join us and learn how to increase your company’s knowledge of federal, state, and local government contracting opportunities.

When Oregon and the Federal government contract with local small businesses, it’s a win-win for all of us. Public agencies across the state spend millions of dollars on goods and services providing vital infrastructure to all Oregonians. These dollars also create economic opportunities for local businesses.

Whether you’re starting a business; have been in business through generations; need assistance growing your business; or just want to learn how government contracting works, this training will provide guidance and tools in an easy to understand format. Contractors that register and join us will receive 4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits to apply to their Construction Contractor’s Board (CCB) education requirements. 

Presenters include State agencies, technical assistance centers such as:

Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP)
Department of Administrative Services (DAS)
Oregon Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID)
Oregon Secretary of State Office, the Oregon Department of Revenue
– Chemeketa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
– and many others.

Please Join Us

Tuesday, January 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry 
626 High Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97301

Register today

Registration closes January 28th so don’t delay – Register Today!  Lunch and refreshments provided.

Join Us at Alliance Northwest 2023 and Save!

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The 37th Annual Alliance Northwest is the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest and is happening March 16, 2023. This event features an exhibit hall, high-quality workshops and pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between government representatives, primes, and businesses. Hosted by Thurston Economic Development Council, home of Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Alliance Northwest has a strong history of providing quality outreach events for government representatives to connect with small and diverse businesses.

This year’s event will be in-person at a NEW venue: Tacoma Convention Center in downtown Tacoma with easy access to Interstate 5. Alliance Northwest participants will enjoy a full day of networking, training sessions, and keynote luncheon speaker.

Take advantage of the Early Bird discount effective until January 15, 2023

Register early and save

Government Contracting

Government contracts are a tremendous financial opportunity for small businesses. The U.S. government is the largest customer in the world. It buys all types of products and services — in both large and small quantities — and it’s required by law to consider buying from small businesses.

Learn more

Are You Ready to Export. Image of cargo ships at a dock. SBA logo bottom left

Nearly 96% of consumers live outside the U.S., and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. If you’re a small business owner, the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) is ready to support business growth through international trade.

Established in 2013 following a national mandate to do more to support international trade, the WEOT is a collaborative team of local, state, regional, and federal export assistance agencies who provide you with the tools and resources that businesses need to sell internationally.

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month to learn more about the Washington Export Outreach Team agencies and the programs, resources, and technical assistance they provide to support small business growth through international sales.

The first Are You Ready to Export? episode will focus on meet the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) and provide an overview of the entire webinar series.

Wednesday, January 25 at 10 a.m. PST

Register today

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 9

4 p.m. | Ready, Set, Start Your Business!

Tuesday, January 10

12 p.m. | Guided Tour of QuickBooks*

12 p.m. | QuickBooks 1*

12 p.m. | QuickBooks 2*

3 p.m. | Marketing Essentials for Small Business

4 p.m. | Business Design Series

5:30 p.m. | Mercy Corps Northwest Small Business Orientation (Русский) 

5:30 p.m. | What’s Your Plan: Writing a Compelling Business Plan

5:30 p.m. | Business Foundations 1

6:30 p.m. | Going Into Business

Wednesday, January 11

9 a.m. | Advanced Social Media

10 a.m. | Introduction to SBDC Orientation

5:30 p.m. | Write That Business Plan (In-Person Instruction)

5:30 p.m. | Mercy Corps Northwest Small Business Orientation

5:30 p.m. | SBM Year 1

6 p.m. | QuickBooks Pro: Part I (Live and In-Person)

6:30 p.m. | Cómo Iniciar una Empresa

6:30 p.m. | Small Business Management II for Contractors

Thursday, January 12

11:30 a.m. | Starting a Home-Based Business

12 p.m. | Conozca su Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas (SBDC)

1 p.m. | Creating a Career & Life Portfolio

5:30 p.m. | Intro to Entrepreneurship

5:30 p.m. | Orientacion para Pequeñas Empresas

6 p.m. | CO.STARTERS Get Started

6:30 p.m. | Going Into Business – Remote using Zoom

Friday, January 13

 8 a.m. | Oregon CCB Contractor Education: Pre-licensing Training

12 p.m. | Ready, Set, Start Your Business

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