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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Mind if we crow?

By Chemeketa SBDC

We usually crow about our fantastic local businesses, but we are excited to share some encouraging statistics with you that we’re rather proud of!

Recently we came across some nice statistical information from the SBDC at Portland Community College on what their SBDC has saved the state in terms of unemployment benefits over the last year. Using their metrics on this and our particulars here’s what this calculates for us:

Historical Perspective: The SBDC at Chemeketa Community College is part of a 19-center network within the State of Oregon. Founded in 1983 and hosted by Chemeketa, the center has provided one-on-one business advising to almost 600 clients in the past 12 months.

Jobs Creation and Jobs Retention: In the past 12 months (as documented in CenterIC, the Oregon SBDC Network’s management information system) Chemeketa’s SBDC created 74 new jobs and 130 retained jobs.

Cost Savings Realized by Jobs Created and Retained by the State of Oregon Employment Department: Over the past 12 months the employers working with advisors and instructors at the Chemeketa SBDC have created and retained a total of 204 jobs (74 new and 130 retained). The valuation of these jobs based on the cost to unemployment is:

•    204 jobs X 26 weeks (Oregon’s benefit duration without extension) = 5,304 weeks
•    Multiplied by $300/week (average benefit amount; maximum $482) = $1,591,200!

Rock on Chemeketa SBDC!

Business book wish list

By Chemeketa SBDC

We’re looking to add books to our business library and are seeking your suggestions!

Here are some recommendations we’ve received already:

  • “Grassroots Marketing/Principled Profit”
  • “Infoguru Marketing” by Robert Middleton
  • “CrazyBusy” Dr. Ned Hallowell
  • Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet
  • What Color is Your Parachute?
  • Making a Living Without a Job by @joblessmuse
  • Career Renegade by @jonathanfields
  • Booked Solid

What would you like to read about?

What book titles would you like for us to own? We’re all ears!

Are you a food entrepreneur?

By Chemeketa SBDC

Food Biz Boot Camp 2010 : Creating the businesses that will bring us new local food products

The Sustainable Business Cluster Team, an action item of the Prosperity That Fits Economic Development Plan is sponsoring:

Food Entrepreneurs Workshop: Food Biz Boot Camp for winter 2010.

The 40-hour workshop will be held Jan 26th / 27th , Feb 26th  / 27th and March 26th / 27th  and is being hosted by OSU Food Science at Weigand Hall. It will feature speakers from local food product companies as well as from Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community culinary arts and business development programs.

Keynote speakers include: David Yudkin owner of HOTLIPS Pizza, Mel Bankoff founder of Emerald Valley Kitchen and Bill Chambers co-owner of Stahlbush Island Farm and more…

Register now at:

We’ve moved!

By Chemeketa SBDC

If you haven’t yet heard the news, the SBDC has relocated to a fantastic new building!

Here’s a glimpse of the exterior:

We’re on the second floor. Come see our spacious new digs and get support for your small business.

626 High St. NE Salem, OR 97301 – at the corner of Union and High. There’s free all-day and 2 hour parking all around us and lots of help waiting inside!

Tired of feeling alone in your business?

By Chemeketa SBDC

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the challenges of running your business by yourself? Feeling isolated from other business owners?

Have you heard of Opportunity Knocks?

An Opportunity Knocks (“OK”) team functions as business mastermind group, with members offering each other advice, encouragement and expertise. OK is designed for small business owners and managers.  The support from a group of other business owners is tremendous. Team participants are matched with up to twelve other non-competing small business owners. Each team meets monthly for a 3-hour information-packed meeting.

We’re now accepting applications for a few new members to one of our teams! Find out more information here and apply today!

Timely support for rural Marion County businesses

By Chemeketa SBDC

Are you running a business in rural Marion County, Oregon?

The Virtual Incubator is specifically for rural Marion County small businesses – providing you with for-credit business classes, one-on-one advising, and support to make it through these trying economic times.

While the Virtual Incubator is valued at well over $2,900 per business, it’s underwritten by the USDA Rural Development program. That means it’s available to you for only $100 for nine months of support.

If you think you might be interested, please read more about the program here and consider applying. We’re offering 25 spots and it’s being offered to all small businesses in rural Marion County. The deadline for applying is December 21, 2009.

If you have questions, please give us a call: 503-399-5088!

Do you have a small business in Polk County, Oregon?

By Chemeketa SBDC

Open House scheduled at Greater Independence Business Incubator

The Greater Independence Business Incubator is hosting an open house this Thursday, November 19th from 4:00pm-8:00 pm in the Incubator building located at 414 so. Main Street (on the corner of Main and D Street).

Come and see what the business incubator offers and how we can support business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and beyond. Whether you have an existing business in the area or just a business idea, we have access to resources and programs that can add to your success.

Upcoming Classes and Seminars at the Greater Independence Business Incubator

Going into Business Seminar
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2:00-5:00 pm
414so Main Street, Independence OR 97351
Class fee = $30.00

For persons interested in starting their own small business, a special “Going into Business” seminar will be offered by Bob Bernhard of SCORE on Wednesday, December 2, 2 to 5 PM at the new Greater Independence Business Incubator, 414 South Main Street in Independence.  The presentation and discussion will include an overview of how to start a business, and will include consideration of your qualifications to own and operate a business, the feasibility of having your own business, an analysis of the competition you may face and who your potential customers are, how to communicate with potential customers, how to finance a new business, elements of a business plan, how to legally start a business in Oregon, and much more! Come and explore your dream of entrepreneurship.   Participation also qualifies you for free counseling by an appropriate representative of SCORE.  To reserve your spot, send email to, RSVP to the event posting on FACEBOOK, or  stop by the incubator building at 414 so Main ST, Independence.

Social Media as a small business marketing tool
Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30-8:00 pm
414 so Main Street, Independence OR
Instructor: Tim Fahndrich, President and Chief Relationship Officer of the Third River, Inc.  He is passionate about people, relationships, and technology and loves helping businesses and organizations harness the power of the web.
Class Fee: $5.00

You’ve heard the term: Social Media. You’ve heard the phenomenal stories of using internet blogs and marketing campaigns on social networking sites. But what does this really mean? In this class you will learn the basic ingredients of the social media community including Facebook, twitter, linkdin and others. (They are more useful than just getting in touch with your long lost cousins!) This will be 90 minutes of interactive learning with industry specific examples on how these tools are changing small business marketing.  Come and get a good understanding of what all the buzz is about and how these social media applications can be used to market your business to a targeted audience at low or no cost. The class will have limited seating. Bring your laptop if you have one! Send a message to, or RSVP to event posting on FACEBOOK, or stop by the Incubator building  to reserve your spot today!
QuickBooks® – Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Saturday, December 5th, 10:00-11:30 am
414 so Main Street, Independence OR 97351
Instructor: Jackie Brons, Certified Quickbooks ® Proadvisor
Class Fee: $5.00

Save time and money! Why you need a tool like QuickBooks®. What you need to do to get started. This 90 minute seminar will help you to succeed in setting up and using QuickBooks®, or if you already have Quickbooks®, get tips on fine tuning your file for the coming year. QuickBooks® is user friendly for people who do not know or want to know about accounting. Once set up, it is very easy to use and will track every dollar in and out of your business with easy to use reports. Organize your business finances by managing vendors, customers, and employees in one location! This seminar is for any business owner or pre-business owner interested in starting 2010 on the right foot!  Register by sending a note to or RSVP to event on FACEBOOK today!