Small Business Development Center
At Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry
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Business Advising


Running a business can be lonely, frustrating work.

Have you ever wanted to sit down with an expert and get support, but aren’t sure about the cost and don’t know where to turn?

Your local Small Business Development Center is here to help. Instead of struggling to get by, you can meet with an Oregon business advisor with real world experience. Our advisors are knowledgeable about a wide variety of business topics and understand the realities of owning or operating a business.

Topics we cover

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Websites
  • Social media
  • Cash flow
  • Quickbooks
  • Pricing
  • Selling your business (or buying one)
  • Growing your business
  • Access to capital
  • Retail and inventory
  • Human resources

Smart, helpful business advisors support you with valuable advice for every stage of your business venture.

Advising is effective, confidential, and available at no cost to you. Really, there’s no catch! The Small Business Development Center is funded in part by Chemeketa Commuity College, State of Oregon Lottery funds, and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Our clients tell us that we’re the best use of their tax dollar they’ve ever seen. You pay nothing and get the support your growing business needs.

Our numbers for 2016

To get a sense of what we do, here are our stats for 2016:

  • Advising client: 309
  • Advising hours: 1670
  • Training Events: 43
  • Training Attendees: 438
  • 153 jobs created and 404 retained (that’s 555 jobs!)
  • $1,232,900 capital (debt and equity) attracted to businesses we serve
  • $10.9 million in increased sales

Interested in getting advising from the Chemeketa SBDC?

Your next step is to click here to register. We’ll match you up with a business advisor (or two), depending on your needs, and contact you to set up an appointment time.

Still have questions? Give us a call! 503.399.5088

We’re located at the downtown Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, Second floor, 626 High Street NE, Suite 210, Salem, OR 97301. Free parking is available behind our building and in the Marion Parkade across the street.

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