The SOU SBDC offers a variety of semimars and workshops to help your business grow and succeed.  Most topics are based on the three pillars of small business success: marketing, money and management. Registration is required, even if there is no fee, as space is limited.


Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This is a ninety minute interactive orientation where you will learn the basics of doing business in Southern Oregon. Get your questions answered surrounding business registration, licenses, feasibility, small business resources and how the SBA, the State SBDC and SOU SBDC support you as an entrepreneur of a for-profit federally legal business.

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Learn at Lunch: Steps to Hire an Employee, January 23rd, 2020

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Are you thinking of hiring your first employee(s) and don't know where to start? Is so, this Lunch and Learn is for you. You will learn the steps you need to take to be compliant when hiring an employee. We will also cover the importance of establishing policies and procedures and make recommendations regarding policies all organizations should consider putting in place. 


GCAP Capability Statement Workshop, February 5th, 2020

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This workshop allows government contractors to develop their marketing messages, elevator pitch, and capabilities statement. These marketing tools are used to effectively sell your product or service to government agencies. Participants will have the opportunity to view several examples and discuss the four elements that agencies consider before hiring your business. If you can prepare for the sales situation by considering the client's thoughts and doubts, you will be able to come up with the right marketing messages to convince buyers and create trust. 


GCAP Meet the Buyers Networking Event, February 20th, 2020

This event offers a rare opportunity to connect directly with government buyers who are interested in connecting with businesses that supply a wide range of products and services. Federal, state, and local government buyers will share about their agency, what they buy, how they buy, and any upcoming projects. Each participant will have a chance to give a brief elevator pitch to familiarize their company to buyers and fellow attendees in around the room introductions. Then there will be an opportunity to meet and network with each other. Participants will be introduced to government purchasing activities and their processes. Come learn how to be a successful government contractor and grow your business.


Learn at Lunch: Buying a Business Whether or Not You Have Money, March 5th, 2020

Have you ever thought about buying a business, but thought it was out of your reach? You want to, but you think you might not have enough money of your own? Come hear tips on: Identifying potential businesses to buy, with or without your own money; understanding traditional financial constraints and how to overcome them; negotiating and executing the purchase. If you want to buy a business, this is for you.


 GCAP Small Business Certifications Workshop, March 12th, 2020

This workshop allows government contractors to learn about federal and state small business certification processes. IT will also provide some answers and direction for when and if you should get certified and how to best leverage the certification for winning government contracts. Participants will have the opportunity to explore what a business has to do to qualify for small business certifications, which certifications are self-certified, which certifications require an application & approval, and what to do with certifications when you obtain them.  Included, will be a full hour of business planning topics. 


How to Create Your One Page Digital Marketing Plan Workshop, April 10, 2020

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Learn at Lunch: Planning to Sell Your Business, April 16, 2020

 Have you been thinking about selling your business, but thought it might be too much effort? You want to hear the value you have built, but are not sure what needs to be done? Come hear tips on: How to prepare your business for sale at a good price; Understanding the value of systems and how value is built in a business; Negotiating and executing the business transfer to new ownership. If you want to sell a business, this is for you.


Learn at Lunch: Making Informed Business Decisions, May 21, 2020

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 Come learn how to make decisions using data instead of your "gut feeling". Finding new markets, designing new products or services, and developing strategic plans to build your business are all areas where good data can help you avoid lost time and money. This presentation will explain what market and industry data is, when it's helpful, and how to use it. We'll explore some great, free tools and provide you with tips for getting started.

Learn at Lunch: Essentials of Selling, June 10, 2020

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 Learn what selling is and isn't, and how to effectively create customer action and involvement.