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Small Business Management Program

Improve your business with COCC's Small Business Management Program

Boost your business's success via this hands-on business coaching program providing individualized guidance on how to more effectively work on your business, not just in it. Through a combination of one-to-one advising, class content, and networking with a cohort of other business owners, you learn to set and achieve your personal and business goals and vision.

Offered in the Central Oregon area for over 20 years, Small Business Management (SBM) offers a unique approach where business owners receive one private advising session and attend one afternoon class with other business owners in the program each month.

The Small Business Management Program gives you access to tools that give you an edge. It is a safe environment to try new things and to share your successes and challenges. The goal is to help provide an environment where you feel empowered to stretch and grow. The nine-month business coaching program includes:

  • 1-on-1 business advising - 2 hours per month.
  • Interactive classroom learning - 3 hours, once per month.
  • Business tools - we teach them and coach you on how to use them.
  • Exchange of ideas - share your experiences with other small business owners.
  • Accountability - we help you keep accountable to what you say is important.

SBM is designed to guide you towards achieving your business goals through better organization, management and operation of your business.

Confidential advising gives you an ongoing analysis of your business and helps you implement a sound plan for growth and greater profits. The classes cover critical business topics that will enhance your entrepreneurial skills and increase your ability to establish and maintain effective management procedures.

  • Develop a plan for sound growth or expansion
  • Understand your market and marketing plan
  • Plan for greater profit and returns for owners
  • Analyze your operations for better management

Highly recognizable graduates of the program include O'Keeffe's Company Working Hands Cream (SBA Oregon Small Business Owner of the Year winner), Vocal Booth (EDCO's Product of the Year winner), Silvermoon Brewing (North American Beer Awards Winner), Pine Mountain Sports, Angeline's Bakery and Compass Commercial, to name a few Central Oregon businesses.

The next SBM Program starts in February 2023 and is open to owners of established businesses with at least a year of operation and one employee beyond the owner. There is even an optional "Year II" program for those companies who want to continue on! Full year tuition is usually $999 (a marketplace value of $3,000); and there may be scholarships available for the next cohort.

To apply contact the COCC Small Business Development Center at 541-383-7290 or

Click here for our SBM application and Class Topics


About SBM instructor Jim Wilcox

SBDC Staff - JimJim Wilcox, who is the SBM Adviser & Instructor, has over 20 years of experience working with businesses. His background in management, business ownership and human resources along with a MBA from Portland State University makes him uniquely suited to supporting the variety of challenges you as a small business owner encounter every day.

Jim has been with Central Oregon Community College since 1998 both as a Business Adviser and Small Business Management Instructor for the Small Business Development Center and an instructor to the Business Administration Department.

Jim has a BS in Business Administration and a MBA from Portland State University. He has experience doing business consulting; and has worked both as a business manager and a department head for businesses in Oregon. He is also a member of the Oregon Business Development Corporation Loan Committee that meets to discuss both SBA 504 loans and Economic Development loans for the Pacific Northwest area.

Jim's experience in managing the financial, accounting, and day-to-day business operations of a small business combined with his one-on-one business advising experience allows him unique insight into the problems and solutions for business success.

The Lindsay Stevens Scholarship for Small Business Management

This program gives small business owners the tools and skills needed to build a sustainable business. Hundreds of business owners have benefited through this program adding economic vitality to the Central Oregon community.

Donate to The Lindsay Stevens Scholarship

*Minimum donation amount $5

"Lindsay Stevens devoted his professional life to inspiring, encouraging and challenging business owners to think differently and to be committed to their budgets, values and goals. He was the single reason some businesses in Central Oregon succeeded and grew. He loved his clients and was committed to the success and vision of their companies. Lindsay was also committed to the community where he donated so much of his time. He brought a new perspective to operational issues as a coach, cheerleader, mentor, advisor, and friend. He has left a legacy of conducting business correctly and making students' dreams a reality." - Wendie Every, Every Idea Marketing