Small Business Management Program

The current Small Business Management Program is full! Thank you for your interest, and please feel free to contact us at if you'd like to get on the list for the next cohort coming up in the fall!

Boost your business’s success via this 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.

What is the Small Business Management Program?

The Small Business Management program (SBM) is designed for growing businesses looking for long-term, hands-on business assistance. Take advantage of a comprehensive selection of practical seminar topics and one-on-one business advising customized to your needs.

  • Receive monthly advising for your business
  • Develop a plan for sound growth or expansion
  • Discuss issues with a group of your peers
  • Obtain a financial analysis of your business
  • Understand your market and marketing plan
  • Plan for greater profit

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

Who is Eligible?

There are a limited number of spaces open to select businesses and an application is required for selection. Prerequisites: In business for one year, have one full-time employee beyond the owner, able to produce monthly finance statements (bookkeeping/accounting software), and commit to working on improving your business.


Nine monthly classes on Wednesday afternoons, 2-5pm
Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, 2024
Jan 8, Feb 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, 2025


Bend COCC Campus
Cascades Hall
Room 104


(additional participants from the same company may attend for only $199 each)


  • Sneak Preview of Class Topics
    1. Inspiring Action
    2. Design Thinking
    3. Strategy 101
    4. Strategy 201
    5. Assigning Value
    6. Special Operations
    7. Negotiating with Contracts
    8. Social Innovation
    9. Happiness & Fulfillment



For more information, please contact the COCC Small Business Development Center at or 541-383-7290.

Submit an SBM Application Now!

No payment is due before a company is accepted into the program. Grants from the "Lindsay Stevens Scholarship" below may be available to eligible applicants. 


Donate to the Lindsay Stevens Scholarship for Small Business Management

The SBM program gives small business owners the tools and skills needed to build a sustainable business. Hundreds of business owners have benefited from this program, adding economic vitality to the Central Oregon community. A scholarship was created to honor a beloved former SBM instructor, Lindsay Stevens; if you would like to contribute, please click on the blue button below!

Lindsay Stevens Scholarship - Give Today

*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