Small Business Development Center
Monthly Update
December 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 
December 13, 2012
6:00 PM to 9:00 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.     


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
5:00-7:30 pm

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).
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.

The SOU Small Business Development Center will be closed December 21, 2012 through January 1, 2013
Jack at desk Happy Holidays!


Just a short message to express our wish to you for a joyous holiday season. It won't be long before we begin 2013, with continued hopes for peace and prosperity worldwide.  
Please enjoy our Monthly Update and let us know how we can better serve you in the future.
Best wishes,  
Client Spotlight:   
Taffy Shahbozian
Organic Intervention
"I would like to thank Jack, Ruthie and Brigitte for their dedicated service to me and many other small business owners, who without their professional mentoring their businesses would have simply remained a dream. 
I especially appreciate the positive attitudes and patience as my plan changed over the course of the year.  Each step of the way my needs and questions were answered.
Thank you for finding the scholarships and making it all work.  Honestly, without you I could not have done it.  I plan to continue to gleam from the rich source of information as it is offered."


Rogue Nexus UpLink
December 11, 2012 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  

You won't want to miss these monthly opportunities to network and share ideas with others in your industry.

Each Rogue Nexus UpLink will feature an educational presentation, a time to share about your business, time to network with others and an HTML "Roast" where we can all have a beer and give one of your colleagues a light-hearted website critique.

Meeting locations will rotate through Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland.

The December UpLink will feature John Lamy of Lamy Consulting, who will teach us "How to Manage Anything!" 




142 W. Front St 

Medford, OR 

Cost: $10


Click here for more information 


Jefferson Grapevine 
December 13, 2012 
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM  


This Special Session of the Jefferson Grapevine will include a Resource Discussion How the TAG Team Works for Your Business, and some homework in preparation for the January Grapevine, The Ten Slides You MUST HAVE in Your Investor Pitch Deck. 

All entrepreneurs are welcome to participate in the Stand Up & Shout Out.

Wine and food will be available during our networking time.

The Jefferson Grapvine is not normally held in December, but this special session will be held to prepare you to apply for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Application Deadline on January 31, 2013.

Pitch, Plan, Perform
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

If you are considering applying for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment competition, you won't want to miss these insider tips to 'Creating a Winning Business Plan.
This workshop will also be helpful to any entrepreneur, start-up or Concept Stage Company looking to create or polish their business plan.

Bigham Knoll Event Center 
525 Bigham Knoll 
Jacksonville, OR 
$20/Jefferson Grapevine Networking Event
$10/Pitch, Plan, Perform Session 


Oregon OSHA Training: 
Hazard Communication Program & Worker Protection Standards 
December 13, 2012 
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 


You will learn about: the worker protection standard; effective training and information for pesticide handlers and workers. This class provides four core credit hours toward recertification of Oregon certified pesticide applicator licenses.  


These workshops are useful for any members who need help maintaining business licenses.  All of the Oregon OSHA classes may be used for continuing education credits for many licensing and certification organizations.  A current list is available on the education page of Oregon OSHA's website.  Seats are limited in these classes and are at no additional cost to the attendee.   



Oregon State Police

Training Room

4500 Rogue Valley Hwy (Hwy 99)

Central Point, OR     





888-292-5247 option 2 or email: 


Setting Goals that Resonate with You!
December 13, 2012 
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Often times, achieving goals can feel as elusive as finding a needle in a haystack. How do you achieve your goals in this crazy busy life? Where are the tools that will help?

This month's program will help you:  

  • Learn how to identify and build upon your strengths, joys and passions to build a mission and vision statement and plan for your life.
  • Build a vision statement that connects your current reality to your vision with goals and objectives and learn to apply them. 
  • Develop at least one set of goals and objectives in place for something you'd like to achieve.
  • Create a "Vision Board" to keep your goals front of mind.
  • Gain practical tools to keep those goals achievable.

Mary Hambleton, of Soul Canyon Training and Development, will lead this hands-on workshop designed to help you achieve YOUR goals. Mary is a Passionate Woman, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Seminar Leader, Trainer, and Facilitator who travels around the country teaching men and women communication skills to help them achieve their life goals.



Rogue Regency Inn

2300 Biddle Road,

Medford, OR 



On Demand: Start, Run, and Grow
Available until December 31 
Free Training Opportunity 


Tim Berry, business-planning expert and course creator, presents a free 4-series BizCenter online learning course!  Topics include: Start-up Assistance, Marketing and Sales, Business Accounting and Budget, and Financing!


Available on demand until December 31, 2012.


Entrepreneurship: In this course, Tim Berry, business-planning expert and course creator, talks about his own history as a small-business owner, and provides examples and feedback on common questions for new business start-ups. This course consists of 4 modules, approximately 3 hours to complete.


How to Market Your Business: In this course you will learn, what a "target market" is and what it means for your business what is it that makes your customers buy from you how is marketing different from sales how do you create a "brand" for your product or service. It also covers what to think about when developing a website for your business. This course consists of 4 modules, approximately 3 hours to complete.


How to Budget and Forecast Your Business: In this course you will learn the difference between "startup" and "ongoing" expenses, how expenses vs. assets are treated for tax purposes, how to create a sales forecast for your business, how to create an expense budget for your business and the important difference between profits and cash. This course consists of 5 modules and should take approximately 3 hours to complete.


How to Raise Money for your Business: In this course you will learn about different methods to finance a new business, how to build your management team and how to hire employees, the differences between a business "pitch" and a business "plan", and how to create and use Plan vs. Actual forecasts for your business. This course consists of 4 modules and take approximately 3 hours to complete. 


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Oregon Small Business Forum 
"No Cost or Low Cost Marketing" 
January 22, 2013 
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM 


The Focus Area Topic for the Oregon Small Business Forum is "No Cost or Low Cost Marketing." Following the Focus Area Topic, everyone present will have an opportunity to share the programs and services your agency offers to enhance the success of small business in Oregon. Because this is a three hour webinar, there will be an hourly break. Please join us for our first ever Virtual Small Business Forum.


10th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference  
January 24, 2013 
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM


SOBC 2013: VIEWS OF THE REGION will reveal insights from economist , Tim Duy, and perspectives from outside our region. A National Site Selection Professional will tell us how Southern Oregon is viewed when he looks all over the nation for his clients who are planning to expand or relocate their businesses.
A panel representing the four sectors with the greatest potential and capacity to move our economy in the next 3 - 5 years will be assembled. Sectors will include:
  • Specialty Foods
  • E-Commerce
  • Specialized and High-Tech Manufacturing
  • Wood Products 

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you won't want to miss their predictions. 

Craig Johnson, Harry & David CEO, is a confirmed panelist.

Medford Red Lion

200 North Riverside Avenue
Medford, OR

Registration: 1:30 pm 
Program: 2:00 - 5:00 pm 
Reception: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Cost: $45 Members/ $60 Non-members

Click here to register 


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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.