Small Business Seminars

Develop your marketing, finance, or small business strategy with one of our small business seminars.

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Business seminars at Mercy Corps Northwest offer a deep exploration in a range of business topics.


Seminars cover technology, marketing, finance, law, and other topics that are highly relevant to the small business owner. The sessions are interactive and also give the small business owner a chance to network among the business community. Each seminar is taught by a volunteer professional who is an expert in his/her field. They bring a diverse set of knowledge to the classroom, and are receptive to individual business problems. Learn more about our presenters.

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Upcoming Business Seminars


January 2015

Social Media Strategies and Tactics: 101
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Rachel Swaney

The Core Values of Marketing
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Taylor Ellwood


February 2015

Hiring Your First Employee
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Joni Roylance
Description and registration coming soon

Improving Your Financial Literacy
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Jennifer de Thomas

March 2015

Filing the Small Business Tax Return
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Gilbert Gleason

Copyrights for Creative Professionals
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Peter Vaughan Shaver

Contracts for Creative Professionals
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 6 - 8pm
Presenter: Peter Vaughan Shaver


Get even more value out of our seminar program with Subscriber Packages

  • Buy a 4-Pack of Seminars for $75 (a $25 savings)
  • Buy an Annual Subscription for $125 and attend unlimited seminars (we offer 20 unique seminars per year)
  • Learn more about our Subscriber Packages

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    Finding Mercy Corps Northwest

    Our office is located at 43 SW Naito Parkway (Riverside Entrance). Our building is easily accessible by the Red or Blue MAX lines at the Skidmore Fountain stop. Participants are encouraged to use public transportation or bicycles, but parking is available after 6pm to participants in the lot directly adjacent to our building. Otherwise, there is plenty of street parking in the area which one must pay for until 7pm.

    Refund Policy: Due to administrative costs, refunds are not available for seminars except in the event of a cancellation. Reasonable accommodations can be made to credit paid participants for a different seminar with at least 24 hours advance notice.

    Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center in Oregon, providing funds and other resources to help entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.

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    Mercy Corps NW is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.


    If you have any questions, contact our Training & Communications Coordinator, Alysse Kerr, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)