Small Business Development Center
Monthly Update
October 2012
The SOU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides in-depth, confidential, one-on-one guidance to businesses and prospective entrepreneurs at no fee. We can help you gather information, evaluate, plan, and create systems for your business that lead to greater profit, job creation, and job retention.
Call 541-552-8300 for more information
Smart Start Your Business 
 
October 11, 2012
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
or 
October 26, 2012 
 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  

Get the important information you need to know before you start your business in southern Oregon. This 3-hour workshop provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed.     

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Small Business Networking Opportunities

Ashland Chamber Greeters Meetings
Every Friday,
8:15-9:30 am


Medford Chamber Greeters Meetings
Every Thursday,
8:00-9:00 am

Phoenix Chamber
Greeters Meetings
First Tuesday,
8:30-9:30 am


Talent Chamber
Greeters Meetings

Third Wednesday,
8:30-9:30 am



Heart of Medford Association
First Wednesday,
8:00-9:00 am


Jefferson Grapevine
Bi-monthly,
5:00-7:30 pm

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Additional Small Business Articles

'My Dashboard'
Have you accessed your dashboard on BizCenter?

If not, click here for a handout to learn how. 
 
Gain access to a variety of resources (including those from other centers), recommended documents from your advisor, and access LivePlan Business Plan Software at no cost
(Note: Advisor must sign you up first to receive the software at no cost).
 
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Oregon SBDC Programs:

 Capital Access Team  
The Capital Access Team is led by highly qualified SBDC advisors who engage clients in learning about access to capital.  
 In order to ready for a referral to the CAT, clients must pre-qualify by meeting
these basic requirements

GROW Oregon
Thinking about growth? Wondering what it will take to stay profitable now and in the years ahead?  GROW Oregon's highly experienced advisors have been there themselves, and have the wisdom to help your business thrive!  
 

Click here for more information on GROW Oregon.

Jack at desk Welcome to our October Update! 

First of all, thank you to SoundScape, LLC, for being willing to step into our Client Spotlight! This is the second in our monthly testimonials, and there are more to come.


October is shaping up to be a very busy month at the SBDC! Take a look at all of the classes, activities, seminars, and workshops aimed at providing knowledge and tools to help grow your business. It's easy to join in- just give us a call or click on the links and you'll be on your way! 

Hope to see you soon, 
Jack

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Client Spotlight:   
Nathan Willard   
"I knew how to do my job, but lacked the training on how to start a business.  Right off the bat, the SOU SBDC provided me with the tools and guidance to run my business.  Many people think to themselves that they're too busy to attend workshops or meet with an advisor.  But, the reality is these invaluable services are necessary to become better organized and ultimately make it easier to run a business." 

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New SBA Web Tool Helps w/
Market Research:

 

WASHINGTON - Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow. The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources. The tool can be found at: www.sba.gov/sizeup.

 

"Market research and analysis is critical for the success of any small business owner or entrepreneur. Tools like SizeUp deliver data right to the fingertips of business owners to help make smart decisions and have the greatest opportunity to start, grow, compete and succeed," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. "In today's challenging economic environment where small businesses create nearly all net new jobs in the U.S., help for small businesses is more important than ever before."

 

SizeUp works by analyzing a business in comparison to other similar businesses in the same trade and provides geographic information on the marketplace, areas recommended for advertising, and prospective customers. This useful tech tool delivers market data directly to business owners to help them make better business decisions based on competitive research analysis.

 

TheSizeUp tool provides data analysis in three key ways:

  • Benchmarking an existing business to see how it sizes up by comparing performance to all other competitors in the same industry;
  • A mapping feature to see where customers and suppliers are located; and
  • Finding the best places to advertise by choosing from pre-set reports to find areas with the highest industry revenue and the most underserved markets. Custom demographic reports can also be created.

GIS Planning, Inc., the company that created SizeUp, has licensed the tool to SBA for one year.  SBA's acceptance of this product is not an endorsement of the opinions, products or services of GIS Planning, Inc.

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Manufacturing Industry Tour
October 4, 2012
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM  

You won't want to miss this opportunity to network on the bus, get an inside look at some of our region's thriving manufacturers and hear a special presentation by OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership) about manufacturing in Oregon.

Tour includes visits to:
  • Mycorrhizal Applications, Grants Pass
  • Duro-Last Roofing, Merlin
  • Alltrax, Wilderville
  • River's Edge, Grants Pass (Lunch includes a presentation by OMEP)
  • Recognition Specialties, Grants Pass (tentatively)

For more information, click here.

 

Location:

Meet at the Holiday Inn Express

105 NE Agness Ave

Grants Pass, OR 

 

Cost:

$30 Members/ $45 Non-Members

Lunch included 

 

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Strategic Storytelling
October 18, 2012
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM   

Stories have the power to change history, culture, communities and all of us individually. They are what move us, make us feel alive, and inspire us. How you use and tell stories can be the key to motivating, communicating and influencing your audience.

 

This one-day class will teach you how:

  •  Cultivate your ability to tell the right stories to the right audience to sell, influence, and inspire
  •  Gain a systematic approach to communicate your point of view memorably and with ease
  •  Become a confident communicator and increase trust, believability, and credibility
  •  And, much more!   

Location: SOU Higher Education Center

101 S. Bartlett Street

Medford, OR

 

Cost: $49/person

Lunch is provided.  Please RSVP to ensure adequate meals for group.

 

Click here to register for Strategic Storytelling.  

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Rogue Nexus E-Business Consortium Launch Event
October 23, 2012
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
 
Discover this new consortium of e-business leaders in our region at this launch and reception.

Rogue Nexus is a new E-Business Consortium, facilitated by SOREDI, created to identify our region as a hub for e-business, attract talent and companies to Southern Oregon, provide peer-to-peer networking and best-practices for 
e-business leaders, quantify the value of this industry to our region's economy and host an annual educational conference and other events.

For more information, click here.

Location: 

Bigham Knoll Event Center

525 Bigham Knoll  

Jacksonville, OR

 

Cost: $25 

 

Click here to register for Rogue Nexus Launch Event

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Profit Mastery Workshop
Oct. 24, 2012 to Nov. 14, 2012
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  


"Profit Mastery," the internationally-acclaimed seminar from Business Resource Services (BRS), Inc. will be available in the classroom starting October 24th with Profit Mastery Advisor to assist you with your course work and in applying Profit Mastery principles to your business.

This workshop is designed  to take you from "Profit Mystery" to "Profit Mastery" by giving you practical financial tools to enable you to make better business decisions, obtain better bank credit lines, and create a compelling business plan.

$395/ 4 sessions over 4 consecutive weeks
October 24, October 31, November 7, and November 14
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Rogue Valley Business Resource Fair
October 27, 2012
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

 

This is the tenth annual Rogue Valley Business Resource Fair -- a free information event for small business owners and those thinking about becoming entrepreneurs. This is a special opportunity to get free consultations and attend seminars on topics critical to small businesses. Information booths will be staffed by representatives from banking, insurance and government, as well as local trade organizations.  For seminar schedule and details, click here.

FREE ADMISSION

Location: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center
101 S. Bartlett Street
Medford, OR
 
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SBA LogoThe Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute or express an implied endorsement of any of the cosponsors; or participants' opinions, products, or services. Special arrangement for disabled individuals will be made if requested in advance.