MHCC Small Business Development Center (BizCenter)

501 NE Hood Ave., Suite 240, Gresham OR 97030
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 9-5 and by appointment

Small Business Center

IMAGINE! A successful business that serves your life.
Let us show you the way. ™

The Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center (BizCenter) is part of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network. We serve new and established businesses by providing:

  • Practical, affordable training.
  • Free, confidential business counseling.
  • Information and referral services.
  • Access to small business resources.

Seminars and Workshops

To register go to
You must register for the class a minimum of 72 hours before the start date.
Participate in these workshops from your business, home or the SBDC classroom. High speed internet
Connection required for all online live webinars.

Starting a Business

Going into Business: Start Smart
Walk through the process of starting your own business from scratch and leave the class with contacts & principles vital to getting your business off the ground and then managing it through the early stages of development.  

Date:  10/02 or 11/13 or 12/10
Time:  6 – 8 p.m.
Fee:    $25
Location: SBDC Classroom

Real Estate Broker Pre-License
This accelerated course prepares you to qualify for the Oregon Real Estate Broker's License Exam in just 10 weeks. It is a hybrid course, combining live lecture with on-line home study to meet the 150 hour requirements of the Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA). Attendance is recommended at all evening sessions as well as the Exam Preparation Day on Saturday following the last evening class. The course and instructor are certified by the OREA.

Date: October 1 to December 13, 2014
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Fee: $600
Location: Mt Hood Community College

Business Plan Bootcamp™
Session 1:  Arrive with an Idea, Leave with an Outline
You'll learn all of the key aspects of a business plan: how to describe your company, the problem you solve and the solution you bring, the types of potential customers you intend to focus on and the group that represents your primary market, who your competition is, what goes into your financial projections, how to set milestones and how to build a management team.

Session 2:  Building the Business Plan
A hands-on session using LivePlan to begin building a detailed business plan and projecting financials one to three years out.  You'll get complementary online access to LivePlan for 6 months.

Session 3:  Adding the Financial Projections & Marketing Spreadsheet
Final assembly of a business plan including financial projections.  You'll also build a pitch that you can use to sell your idea to potential investors, associates or employees.  Your instructor/advisor will be able to review your plan and meet with you for counseling online.

Available On Demand
Fee: $70 includes access to software for 6 months

Small Business Legal Basics
In this seminar you will learn how to protect your small business and deal with some of the legal issues involved when owning and running a business. You will discover how to avoid common mistakes while dealing with contracts, hiring employees and the structure of your business. In addition, it covers different licensing requirements and regulations, as well as tax implications for you and your business. This seminar is offered in partnership with the law firm Young Twedt McRostie LLP.

Date:  09/23 or 10/28 or 11/18
Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.
Fee:   $20
Location: SBDC Classroom

Are You Bankable? How to Get a Business Loan

Attend this on demand webinar and get the answers to these questions:

  • What is the current access to capital?
  • What are some sources of capital?
  • What banks are lending?
  • What are lenders really looking for?
  • What are the steps to getting a loan?
  • Am I bankable? What do I need to know?
  • What if I'm not bankable? How can I become bankable?
  • What if I get denied?

Available On Demand
Fee:  $20

Growing Your Business

Hiring New Employees
Look at how to attract and hire quality employees.  How to begin the employee/employer relationship off on the right foot, including proper job postings, applications, job descriptions and hiring paperwork. Learn about the differences between an employee and independent contractor.

Available On Demand
Fee:  $20

Contracting with the Government
Small businesses face challenges when trying to win federal, state and local government contracts. The Small Business Development Center at MHCC help small businesses work through these challenges. This class provides an in-depth approach to discovering and seeking contract opportunities as well as the marketing tools that may assist in selling your product or service to the government.

Available On Demand
Fee:  $20

Business Insurance 101
This class will address basic questions regarding business personal property, commercial general liability, bonds, and workers compensation insurance. Presented by: Lori Stegmann, Stegmann Insurance Agency.

Available On Demand
Fee:  $20

Bookkeeping and QuickBooks

Online Accounting with QuickBooks Online
Explore the options of doing your books online with Intuit’s QuickBooks Online addition in a 3-hour hands-on computer lab introduction/orientation to this increasingly popular approach to managing a bookkeeping system anytime & from anyplace web access is available.

Date:  10/29 or 11/19
Time:   9 a.m. - noon
Fee:     $55, Class limited to 9.
Location: SBDC Lab

Lead Management & Task Scheduling with QuickBooks
Discover time-saving tips in a 2-hour hands-on computer lab using the QuickBooks Lead & Calendar features to manage business leads and schedule important accounting tasks as part of a single bookkeeping system.

Date:    10/08 or 11/05                                                       
Time:    10 a.m. - noon
Fee:      $45, Class limited to 9.
Location: SBDC Lab

QuickBooks Bootcamp™ 1: Company Set Up and File Management 
Two days of hands-on training in QuickBooks consisting of two, three-hour sessions. After an introduction to basic accounting principles used by QuickBooks, you will use the software to create a company file, customize it, manage its movement between computers and generate reports essential to your business.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Choose the right QuickBooks edition for your business
  2. Plan, create and customize a QuickBooks company file tailored to your business needs
  3. Correct QuickBooks posting errors with an understanding of basic accounting principles
  4. Manage multiple copies of a QuickBooks company file between multiple computers
  5. Generate and utilize valuable financial reports essential to business

Date:  10/14 & 10/16 or 12/02 & 12/04
Time:  9 a.m. – noon,
Fee:   $130, Class limited to 9. Textbook not included
Location: SBDC Lab

QuickBooks Bootcamp™ 2: Managing Business Transactions
Two days of hands-on training in QuickBooks consisting of two, three-hour sessions. Working with real-life customer, vendor and banking transactions, you will use the software to process money coming into and going out of a business as part of a 30-day bookkeeping cycle vital to your business.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Set up and manage listings of customers, vendors and items
  2. Post to the software and manage:
    1. Customer invoices
    2. Sales receipts
    3. Customer payments
    4. Deposits
    5. Vendor bills
    6. Bill payments
    7. Checks
    8. Credit card transactions
  3. Manage the movement of money between bank accounts
  4. As part of a well-planned 30-day bookkeeping cycle:
    1. Reconcile bank statements
    2. Manage paper flow
    3. Generate and file essential financial reports

Date:  10/21 & 10/23 or 12/09 & 12/11
Time:  9 a.m. – Noon
Fee:   $130, Class limited to 9. Textbook not included
Location: SBDC lab

Weekend QuickBooks Bootcamp™
Bootcamp 1: Company Set Up and File Management (one six-hour class)
Bootcamp 2: Managing Business Transactions (one six-hour class)
Date:  Bootcamp 1: 11/08
Date:  Bootcamp 2: 11/15
Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
           (One-hour lunch on your own)
Fee:   $130 per Bootcamp
Location: SBDC lab, Class limited to 9. Textbook not included


Marketing Essentials
How to build and grow your business by targeting the right customers, developing the right marketing message and using the right marketing media to deliver this message to your target customers.

Date:  10/09
Time:  9 a.m. - noon                                                        
Fee:   $45
Location: SBDC classroom

Social Media Essentials
When to use social media to find and grow your customer set and how to choose the right social media for your target customers.  How to develop and use a social media marketing plan.

Date:  11/04
Time:  9 a.m. - noon
Fee:   $45
Location: SBDC classroom

Business Website Essentials
Learn easy step-by-step essentials to building your own small business website. Designed for any skill-set, the instructor will walk through the budget-conscious options and tools to build a successful business website from scratch.

Date:  09/19 or 10/10 or 11/07
Time:  9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Fee:   $25
Location: SBDC classroom

Have an expert Web Designer guide you through the steps of building a website for your business. Through six classes and individual mentor sessions, WebMentor will guide you through the process of building an effective professional business website and social media tools:

Session 1: How to plan for your website
Session 2: Competitive analysis
Session 3: 10 essential pages
Session 4: Keywords and copy writing
Session 5: Marketing with social media
Session 6: Analyzing your traffic.

Available On Demand
Fee: $210 includes training and learning materials.

Facebook for Business 101
This workshop will give you a solid foundation of Facebook features and how to integrate them effectively in your business. You will learn how to use Facebook successfully to reach out and interact with your friends and customers. You will need a personal Facebook account to create a page for your business. Go to to create a new account.

Workshop Description:

  • Learn key features of Facebook for your business.
  • Manage you business contacts and keep them from seeing personal posts.
  • Use the “info” tab to increase you business.
  • Build your list of business fans strategically.
  • Use your friends list to be more productive.
  • Use you profile to promote your business effectively.

Date:  09/26 or *10/23 or 11/21
Time:  10 a.m. – Noon or *4 – 6 p.m.
Fee:   $45
Location: SBDC classroom, class limited to 9 participants.

Small Business Center

“The BizCenter is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for disabled individuals will be made if requested in advance. Contact Mt. Hood Community College BizCenter, 501 NE Hood Ave., Suite 240, Gresham, OR 97030, (503) 491-7658

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