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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Organize Your Business Systems for Fun and Profit

By Chemeketa SBDC

Have you ever torn your office apart looking for something vital?

Running a business is hard work—with a staggering amount of complexity. From financial documents and taxes to customer information and marketing systems, there’s a lot that can get lost without good systems for keeping track of it all.

We’re here to help

At the SBDC, we understand what it’s like to trying to keep all the balls in the air while watching your profit margin and keeping your customers happy.

By request, we’ve created a new class to help business owners get organized.

Organize Your Business Systems for Fun and Profit

A fun, fast-paced organizing class for entrepreneurs

In two hours, you’ll learn the ten best things to organize in your business to help you save time, make more money, and possibly save your sanity too.

Our instructor, Jennifer Hofmann, is a professional organizer with a decade of experience working with creative entrepreneurs to get their stuff and systems in order.

Dates and details

Tuesday, January 26 from 10am – 12pm
626 High St NE, Salem OR, 2nd floor, follow signs to classroom

Great coffee and fresh, warm cookies will be served.

Bring a notebook and pen.

Free parking available at Marion Parkade across from our building

Register today!

Sign up before January 22 and get a special price of $45!

Call 503-399-5088 to register.


The Importance of Entrepreneurs

By Chemeketa SBDC

If you’ve studied economics, you might have learned that there are four basic types of resources.

These are: land (which encompasses all natural resources), capital (meaning tools and machinery), labor (people) and entrepreneurship. Yes, that last one means business owners who take a risk to start and grow a business. This may even be you!

Entrepreneurs do wonderful things for our economy. They take initiative (read: risks) to create and sustain businesses that produce goods and services for the rest of us.

They create new goods and services that help us all now and in the future. They create jobs. They change the way society looks at solving problems.

Sometimes they create and foster positive social change. In short, we couldn’t exist without the entrepreneurs among us.

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics) that start with “No Poverty” and “Zero Hunger.”

Right in the middle of the pack is goal No. 8, which is “Decent Work and Economic Growth.” The description reads: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

Guess who is going to step up to the plate and get that done? Entrepreneurs, of course!

If you are one of these important people, then pat yourself on the back. And if you know someone else who is, give them a shout-out and thank them for their work. We all depend on them.