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Foundations I: A six-week course that covers the core competencies needed to start a small business.
Foundations II: A four-week advanced class building on your business skills, using your own business as the textbook.
Get Your Business Started the Right Way
This popular six-week course covers the essentials needed to start a small business, and business plan requirements. Students learn about marketing, cash flow operations, business registration, credit and everything else necessary in the first year of a business. Our interactive format empowers students to apply concepts learned in class directly to their business.
As part of the coursework, be prepared to analyze your competition, set pricing, focus group your product or service, and build confidence to turn your idea into reality. All classwork and homework contribute to completing your business plan.
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
2013 Sections (classes open for registration about one month prior)
Start your business plan by learning how to…
Foundations II has finally arrived! Business Foundations II, a class designed for small business owners who have been in business for at least a year, helps take business owners to the next level in their business development.
This four-week course will dive deeper into your business practices including goal setting, time management, developing a long-term marketing plan and strategy, pricing your product or service, hiring employees, and managing business finances, including cash flow projections, and profit and loss. Click here for Course Outline.
Cost: $200 (scholarships not available)
2013 Open Sections: (classes open for registration about one month prior)
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Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center in Oregon, providing funds and other resources to help entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.
I really grew my vision and my own confidence as an entrepreneur in this class. I walked in quite fearful of how much work it was going to take to start my business. I walked out with so much knowledge and a clear understanding of what I need to do. I am so grateful to have found Mercy Corps Northwest, and I will definitely be staying in touch to do more. Excellent!
I appreciate that the class was so engaging. If all my instructors in school had been as helpful and enthusiastic, I would have done much better. I truly enjoyed this class and feel like I can succeed.
The teachers were excellent, and the course was well-designed. I felt like my money and time were well spent.
In order to receive a full refund, you must cancel your enrollment one week prior before the start of the Foundations class. No refunds will be issued within one week of the start date of the Foundations class.
Need to make up a class?
Please be aware that you cannot miss more than two classes of Foundations 1. If you miss two or fewer, you may make them up by finding an open course.