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, 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: 01/06 or 02/03 or 03/17
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 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: 01/14 to 3/21, 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: 01/22 to 3/5, meets every Thursday
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: $550
Location: Mt Hood Community College

12 critical lessons from successful entrepreneurs in Oregon
Whether you aspire to start your own business or are a growing your business, this entrepreneurship training offers real-world insights that can be put into action from entrepreneurs that have successful built their businesses. Join us for this 10 month series where we interview a successful entrepreneur in Oregon that will provides critical insights to building your business. 15 hours of expert instruction. The fee is $ 300 for the entire series.

Date: 01/15 to 09/24
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Fee: $300
Location: SBDC Classroom

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

SBM Management 1
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It.
A nine-month program for start-ups and established businesses operating a year or less.  This course provides an opportunity for business owners and managers to work 'on' as well as 'in' their businesses in order to achieve work and life balance. The program is proven to improve the management of a business. 30 hours of expert instruction and up to 20 hours of one-on-one counseling. Leave every monthly seminar with plenty of new ideas and insights. Gain collective wisdom through sharing successes, failures and ideas with a group of like-minded business owners. The fee of $ 995 per business includes course materials and covers 9 months of classes and advising sessions. Note: Second person from the same business may participate free of charge. Class meets every 4 weeks.

Date: 01/07 to 09/16
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Fee: $995
Location: SBDC Classroom, Class limited to 10 Businesses

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: 01/27 or 02/24 or 03/31
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Fee: $30
Location: SBDC Classroom

Growing Your Business

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: 01/14 or 2/11 or 3/11
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Fee: $25
Location: SBDC Classroom

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: 01/13 to 08/11, meets once a month
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: $200
Location: SBDC Classroom

Finding the Money Series
Are you focused on finding the resources and funding to start or build your business? Are you confused on all the funding options that may be available? Do you want to understand how to target the funds at any stage of your business?  Join Kedma Ough, SBDC Director, and contributing writer for as she uncovers the various funding sources that can fit your current business. This six month program will focus on various funding platform includes grants, non-dilutive funds, interest-free loan, debt financing options, equity financing options, crowd funding options, government funding, contract funding, state funding, funding for specific groups, licensing funding and more. This nine-month program delves into the various funding and resource tools to build your business through a target funding approach. 18 hours of expert instruction and 18 hours of one-on-one counseling. The fee of $795 includes classes and all advising sessions. Class meets every four weeks.

Date: 01/21 to 9/9
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Fee: $795
Location: SBDC classroom

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: 01/28 or 02/25
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: 02/04 or 03/25 
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:  01/13 & 01/15 or 03/10 & 03/12
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: 01/20 & 01/22 or 03/17 & 03/19
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: 02/21
Date: Bootcamp 2: 02/28
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:  02/17 or 03/24
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:  01/16 or 03/13
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 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: 02/20 or *03/19
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon or *4 – 6 p.m.
Fee: $49
Location: SBDC lab, class limited to 9 participants.

Social Media Series
Is your business focused on building a social media platform? Are you stuck in understanding the various platform that would fit best for your business and then handling the social media internally for your business? This nine-month program delves into the various social media tools while working with a professional social media expert to build, monitor and analyze the impact of each social media platform introduced. Learn how to incorporate different platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Google Plus, YouTube and much more. 18 hours of expert instruction and 18 hours of one-on-one counseling. The fee of $ 795 includes classes and all advising sessions. Class meets once a month.

Date: 01/20 to 09/15
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $795
Location: SBDC Lab, class limited to 9 participants.

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