Small Business Development Center

Bend Oregon Small Business Advising and Development Center

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at COCC focuses on enhancing Central Oregon’s economic interests. Our mission is to deliver expert business advice and education to help existing and future business owners grow and succeed. Our experienced team provides free guidance and advising in all aspects of funding and developing small business, plus our advisers and instructors offer practical courses and workshops to help business owners make smart business decisions and prosper. While we cannot eliminate the risk of being an entrepreneur, we work to minimize it by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations.

 Happy small business clothing shop owner seeing positive results from the COCC SBDC

What stage are you in? Explore courses for every stage of your business:

 

Featured Programs

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Early Child Care Business Accelerator Program

The Early Child Care Business Accelerator Program provides training and funding support for home-based registered family providers or persons who are opening or expanding a certified commercial child care center.

ECC Business Accelerator Program

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Small Business Management Program

Boost your business’s success via this yearlong hands-on business-coaching program. Gain access to tools that give you an edge while enjoying a safe environment to try new things and share your successes and challenges.

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

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Veterans Benefits Program

A veterans benefit program at the COCC Small Business Development Center — the first of its kind in the state of Oregon — enables eligible vets and service members to enroll in educational programming using GI Bill assistance. 

VETERANS BENEFIT PROGRAM

 

Helping Build Oregon's Best Businesses

Are you a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur? Get management and technical assistance from COCC's Small Business Development Center. Take a practical workshop or request no-cost, one-to-one business advising. Our mission is to have a positive impact on the growth and sustainability of your Central Oregon business.

BROWSE SMALL BUSINESS CLASSES

Serving our Central Oregon Community

Through our work with SBDC clients in our region, we help create new jobs and improve the economic vitality of Oregon.

Here are our Center's economic impact numbers since 2010.

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORTS

 

What Our Clients Say


  • "Honestly, this is the best investment I have ever made since culinary school. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and believe every business owner could benefit from it."

    — Dave Flier, Rockin' Dave's Bistro & Backstage Lounge

  • "Great program! Really helped me to move my business forward. You get out of the program what you put in, the help and answers are there."

    — Jake Guynup, Grocery Bandit

  • "Jim has been an excellent resource to us, and has opened my eyes to the broader picture of being a business owner."

    — Dawn Strout, Crab Grab

  • "I was at risk of losing my business entirely due to losing our lease, and the (SBM) program supported me and prevented this scenario from becoming a reality."

    — Katie Brandow, School of Enrichment

  • "Can't recommend (the SBM program) highly enough. I don't know any small business owners who wouldn't make back the cost of the class many times over."

    — Tom Beans, Dudley's Bookshop Café


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CONTACT

Small Business Development Center
COCC - Cascades Hall
2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703

Phone: 541-383-7290
Email: sbdc@cocc.edu

Advising also available in Redmond, Madras and Prineville.

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Funded in part by the Oregon Business Development Department and through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.