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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Online Classes from Ed2Go

By Chemeketa SBDC

Online Classes from Ed2Go

6-week classes that allow you to learn at home, work at your own pace, and study when it’s convenient for you. Register by the 15th of each month. Cost: $99 each. Registration & information:

Start Up
Start Your Own Small Business
Operate a Home-Based Business
Start Your Arts and Craft Business
Start Your Own eBay Drop Off Store
Starting Your Consulting Practice

Business & Marketing Writing
Principles of Sales Management
Professional Sales Skills
Effective Selling
Marketing Your Business on Internet

Accounting Fundamentals I & II
Intro to QuickBooks
Payroll in QuickBooks
QuickBooks for Contractors

Start Your Business and Inicie Su Negocio

By Chemeketa SBDC

Start Your Business

A shorter, 1-hour version of the Entrepreneurs 101 Series, but just as useful for pre-startup businesses. Held on the second Thursday of each month at the following locations and times:

Dallas (580 Main Street, Suite B – map)  12 noon – 1 pm
McMinnville (310 NE Norton Lane – map)  2 – 3 pm
Grande Ronde (Education Center) 10-11 am
Salem (605 Cottage Street NE- map) 9-10 am en Español 10-11 am
Woodburn (120 E Lincoln Street – map) 12-1 pm en Español 1-2 pm

Cost: FREE
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

Inicie Su Negocio

Este taller dura una hora y presenta la información esencial que se necesita para tomar el próximo paso en desarrollar su concepto de negocio.

Cada segundo jueves del mes

Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (626 High Street  NE, Downtown Salem) 9-10 am
WorkSource Center Salem (605 Cottage Street NE- map) 10-11 am
WorkSource Center Woodburn (120 E Lincoln Street – map)  1-2 pm

Inscripción y Información: 503.399.5088

Beginning QuickBooks 2016

By Chemeketa SBDC

QuickBooks can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it. The success of QuickBooks is essentially based on your ability to set up the system in the most effective way to help you derive the information you want.

Tuesday, September 12
The Big Picture

Bookkeeping Basics

  • The Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement
  • Cash vs Accrual Statements
  • A few fundamental accounting principles

An Overview of QuickBooks

  • Navigating QuickBooks
  • Using the Home Screen and “Centers”
  • Searching and using Help screens

Setting up Screens for Efficiency

  • Using administrative “File” functions
  • Creating an efficient Icon bar
  • Reviewing key Lists


Tuesday, September 19
Establishing a Company

Setting up a New Company

  • The “Express Start”
  • Setting up key information
  • Entering historical transactions

Setting Preferences

  • Using Company and Personal “Preferences” for efficiency and clarity

Revising the Chart of Accounts

  • Making the accounts your own
  • Formatting financial statements


Tuesday, September 26
Managing Checking Account and Banks

  • Checkbook basics
  • Making deposits and paying bills
  • Reconciling bank accounts
  • Managing credit cards
  • Using key reports


Tuesday, October 3
Managing Customers and Vendors

  • Setting up customers
  • Creating and collecting invoices
  • Setting up vendors
  • Creating and paying bills
  • Using key reports

Date: Tuesdays, September 12 – October 3
Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: $399
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

Entrepreneurship 101 Series

By Chemeketa SBDC

Entrepreneurship 101 Series

Developing your business idea and need more information on how to start? You’re not alone! This series covers all the essential information you need to make an informed decision about moving forward with your business idea.

1st Tuesday
Self-Employment — Am I cut out for the life of an entrepreneur?
We’ll explore what it’s really like to be self-employed and how to know your weak spots to ensure your business’ success.

Economic Feasibility — How do I know my idea will fly?
Most business owners are confident their idea will work, but don’t know why. This class will give you more certainty.

2nd Tuesday
Rules and Regulations — How to keep the government happy.

With business comes oversight. Learn where to find out what rules and regulations apply to your business idea and keep yourself out of trouble.

Financing & Loans — How do I fund my start-up?
There’s a lot of misinformation about grants and loans out there. Come get the complete scoop so you can plan your start up finances with confidence.

Comments from past participants:

  • “This class has helped answer many of my questions about going into business.”
  • “Joanne is very informative, if she does not have an answer, she guides you to where you may find it. Really great person and professional.”
  • “It gave me a clear direction for starting my business and provided me with relevant resources to achieve my business goals.”

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Instructor: Joanne Scharer
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: FREE
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

SBA Loan Information

By Chemeketa SBDC

SBA Loan Information

Ever wondered how government small business loans work and how to qualify for one? Bring your own lunch and attend one of these free sessions to find out!

Date/ Time: October 19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: FREE
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

S-Corps and LLCs

By Chemeketa SBDC

S-Corps and LLCs

S-Corps and LLC’s can be very confusing. What exactly is an LLC? What makes the S-Corp different from a standard corporation? Learn more about these particular entities and the common misconceptions people have, plus why these structures have become so popular.

Date/Time: June 28, 10 am to 12 noon
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: No charge
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

Taxes Made Easy – Getting Through the Maze

By Chemeketa SBDC

Taxes Made Easy – Getting Through the Maze

You have decided to go into business and may even hire employees. Now what do you do? Learn the basics on correctly reporting and paying your state business tax obligations. What taxes are required? How are these reported? How do I report taxes on my business income? What exactly is “Combined Payroll?”

Get the answers to these question and more through this class designed to “make taxes easy”.  

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16, 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: No charge

Worker Classification

By Chemeketa SBDC

Worker Classification

Classifying a worker as an employee or independent contractor can be very confusing. However, misclassification can be costly to both the employer and employee. Learn the difference between the federal and state guidelines on what constitutes an employee versus an independent contractor, and the issues and legal ramifications that arise when employees are not correctly classified. Also learn about the resources available to help you in making the correct decision.

Date/Time: April 26, 10 am to 12 noon
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: No charge

Business Success Series

By Chemeketa SBDC

Business Success Series: Increase Your Sanity and Revenues

Mark your calendar for the third Tuesday of each month to participate in these engaging, motivating no-cost classes for business owners. All classes meet from 12-1pm – and you’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Five Free Strategies for Growing Your Fanbase
September 20, 2011 and January 2012
Need more clients? Discover some fun, interesting, and useful ways to get them excited about your business and referring their friends.

Five Pain-Free Strategies to Boost Your Revenue
October 18, 2011 and February 2012
Wouldn’t it be nice to have just a little more cash-on-hand (or a lot?). This 1-hour workshop will help you generate ideas you can use and start getting more revenue immediately.

From Stress to Sanity
November 15, 2011 and March 2012
Even in the midst of chaotic business operations, you can take the stress out of long-term goals and achieve them with sanity. Learn some fun and practical ways to organize your business goals. You’ll feel inspired and motivated!

To sign up, give us a call at 503-399-5088!

The Secrets of My Success

By Chemeketa SBDC

The Secrets of My Success – a Conversation with Kyle Sexton

Our dynamic Salem Chamber staff member is now traveling the country to promote his new book and cutting-edge tools for chambers of commerce. Come learn about Kyle’s successes!

Informal and engaging, this session will help you recharge your business and get inspired.

Date/Time: February 7, 2012, 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Kyle Sexton of Fast Chamber
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem
Cost: FREE
Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

Hosted by Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High St NE Salem OR. Free parking is available at Marion Parkade diagonal to the building.

Past Secrets of My Success presenters

Gladys Blum of Gladys Blum Group
Steve and Becky Mucha of Word of Mouth
David Withnell of Withnell Motor Company
Jennifer Hofmann – Inspired Home Office
Mary Lou Zeek – Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
Don Meyer – RE/MAX Equity Group
Cecilia Ritter – Wild Pear
Bert Ortiz – Tico’s Coffee Roasting Company
John Zielinski – EZ Orchards
Scott Sadler – Sadler Business Coaching
Brent De Hart – DeHart’s Shell
Gerry Frank – Meier and Frank, The Konditorei
Susan Gallagher – Gallagher’s Fitness Resources
Jose Gonzales – Tu Casa Real Estate