MHCC Small Business Development Center (BizCenter)

501 NE Hood Ave., Suite 240, Gresham OR 97030
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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, select the Small Business catalog.

You must register for the class a minimum of 72 hours before the start date.

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:  04/07 or 05/05 or 06/02
Time:  6 – 8 p.m.
Fee:    $30
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 11 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: 04/01 to 06/13, meets every Wednesday
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Fee: $600
Location: Mt Hood Community College

Real Estate Property Management
This is an accelerated Property Manager License course designed to prepare students for the Oregon Property Manager License Exam in 7 weeks. Students are expected to have online capacity, to self-study, and attend all evening sessions. This course is the fastest way to qualify to take the State License Exam, and meets all of the Oregon Real Estate Agency pre-license criteria. All class materials will be provided. Taught by an experienced Property Manager.

Date: 04/16 to 05/28, meets every Thursday
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: $550
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: 03/31 or 04/28 or 05/26 or 6/30
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Fee:   $30
Location: SBDC Classroom

Growing Your Business

Webinar: Exploring Government Contracts for Your Small Business
If you are a startup, or just new to government contracting, this workshop will show you how to begin building the right foundation now for success in the future, and it starts with your business plan. The problem is, most small businesses don't know where to begin. If you don't understand the federal market, don't know who your target customers are, who your competitors are, don’t know how to build realistic projections into your business plan, or simply don't know where to begin, then this workshop is for you.

Date: 06/08
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Fee: $25
Location: Webinar

 Peer Mentoring
The Peer Mentoring Group is an opportunity for you to get together with your peers, on an ongoing monthly basis, to exchange ideas, mentor each other, provide and receive feedback on your business progress, and build long lasting connections with others who are going through the same process you are. 8 sessions for $ 200

Date: 04/14 to 11/10, meets once a month
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: $200
Location: SBDC Classroom

Grants for Businesses
Learn about an exciting matched-savings grant program to support you in launching or growing your business. In this one-hour session you will have the opportunity to gain information on a grant program that can provide you with up to $ 9,000 in funds towards your business without any requirements to pay back. Past participants have used funds to pay for advising, equipment, supplies, conferences and much more.

Date: 04/22
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Fee: $60
Location: SBDC classroom

Grants from the Government
The government provides millions of dollars in grants and contracts to further innovation in our country. A majority of those grants are designated specifically to small businesses that are focused on new technology and/or innovative concepts and solutions. In this one-hour session you will have the opportunity to gain information on the various programs available and how to apply. 

Date: 05/20
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Fee: $60
Location: SBDC classroom

Bookkeeping and QuickBooks
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:  05/05 & 05/07 or 06/09 & 06/11
Time: 9 a.m. – noon,
Fee:   $180, Class limited to 9. Textbook and trial software 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:
a. Customer invoices
b. Sales receipts
c. Customer payments
d. Deposits
e. Vendor bills
f.  Bill payments
g. Checks
h. Credit card transactions
3. Manage the movement of money between bank accounts
4. As part of a well-planned 30-day bookkeeping cycle:
a. Reconcile bank statements
b. Manage paper flow
c. Generate and file essential financial reports

Date: 05/12 & 05/14 or 06/16 & 06/18
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee:   $180, Class limited to 9. Textbook and trial software 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:  04/11
Date: Bootcamp 2: 04/18
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
           (One-hour lunch on your own)
Fee:   $180 per Bootcamp
Location: SBDC lab, Class limited to 9. Textbook and trial software 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:  03/24 or 05/19
Time: 9 a.m. - noon                                                          
Fee:   $75
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:  04/24 or 06/12
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Fee:   $40
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: $225 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 your business contacts and keep them from seeing personal posts.
  • Use the “info” tab to increase your 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: *03/19 or 05/01 or *06/18
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon or *4 – 6 p.m.
Fee:   $49
Location: SBDC lab, class limited to 9 participants.

Improve Your Visibility on Google with Keywords
The right keywords can make or break how people find your business on the internet. When people are looking for your products or services, there are very specific keywords they are typing in the search engines.  Learn how to find those keywords and how to incorporate them into your website. Get a list of free resources to make your website more attractive to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo!

Date: 04/21
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $60
Location: SBDC Lab, class limited to 9 participants.

Demystifying Website Analytics
Analytics is an important way to gauge the behavior of your audience. It is also a great way to find new opportunities to get new customers. Learn how to use a free tool to understand your website audience better. Where are they coming from? How did they find you? Are they using smart phones? How long do they spend on your site?  All these questions can be answered quickly and easily using visual charts in Google Analytics.

Date: 05/19
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $60
Location: SBDC Lab, class limited to 9 participants.

5 Easy Ways to Optimize Websites for Search Engines
Learn how to optimize your website with a handful of tips that have been tested and used by the biggest brands. You can save time by implementing these 5 easy tips, and better yet, you can learn how to confirm these tips are working with a free tools that are available online.

Date: 06/16
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $60
Location: SBDC Lab, 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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