We’re proud to offer a variety of long-term classes that meet a variety of business needs of all businesses, whether they be in start-up or growth stage. Take a look at our Business Foundations I, Rebuilding Your Foundations and Business Plan Workshops below.
Business Foundations I
This essential six-week course covers the necessary basics for launching a small business. Topics covered include marketing, cash flow operations, business registration, credit and many other essential things to know to succeed in the first year of business. Our interactive format empowers students to apply concepts learned in class directly to their business.
Small business concepts taught in this course include how to…
- Determine the appropriate legal status for your business.
- Obtain the correct licenses and permits.
- Calculate start-up costs, unit of sale, profit margins, break-even point, and pricing window.
- Analyze your competition.
- Identify target markets and create a marketing plan.
As part of the coursework, you will analyze your competition, set pricing, conduct a focus group for your product or service, and build the confidence needed to turn an idea into reality. All classwork and homework can be incorporated into a comprehensive business plan.
Cost: $225 (partial scholarships available based on need)
Rebuilding Your Foundations Under COVID
This class is designed for business owners who suffered losses in revenue, loss their customer base, and those who had to make business changes due to Covid-19. Our aim is to help you understand the changes to yourself and your business, and offer opportunities to rebuild, create new strategies to pivot, and review all choices for your next steps.
Attendees receive support, guidance and clarity to help them adapt and rebuild their business stronger. This course offers an opportunity to make changes in your leadership style, how your business operates, and what your team needs from you.
This course is best suited for individuals whose business was established by December 2019. This is not a start-up model course.
This 5-week class will focus on the following topics:
- Addressing your emotional capacity including coping with uncertainty, and understanding what needs to change.
- Acknowledging failure and welcoming new opportunities to make changes and assess what wasn’t working.
- Improve how you connect with customers
- Strategies for Sales, Profits & Pricing
- Leading your business and your team in a new and challenging environment
*All applications will be reviewed and only participants that meet criteria will be selected. Registration does not guarantee a spot in the class.
Business Plan Workshop
Over the course of four weeks, you’ll take your business plan from first draft to completion with the help of an instructor and a small group of peer entrepreneurs. As a hands-on workshop, students are required to bring either a laptop and/or hard copies of their business plan to work on in class.
Haven’t started? You’ll receive a basic template prior to class to get you going. For those with existing drafts, bring your most recent copy. Expect 3-4 hours of homework per week as you research, write and refine your business plan. This course is best suited for individuals who have completed Business Foundations I.
Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Oregon, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.