[ONLINE] Webinar: Managing Vendor Relationships During Phased Reopening | July 8

Event Overview

As counties around Oregon transition from Phase I to Phase II reopening, it’s more important than ever to manage vendor relationships. Trying to operate a business amid forced business closures, pivoting operations, and an uncertain landscape can be challenging. When difficult financial times hit, it’s important to preserve relationships with vendors, partners, and suppliers.

This short webinar introduces best practices for managing your vendor relationships during uncertain times. We’ll review key tips for success, including the following pillars:

  • Communicate early and often
  • Something is better than nothing
  • Don’t over-promise
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get
  • Late fees are negotiable

This hour-long webinar will take place over Zoom and can be joined by video or phone. Webinar information will be sent in advance of the event.

About Your Instructor

Greg Charles has over 25 years of experience working with all types of businesses ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In 1989, he began managing corporate financial operations and reporting, where he learned the challenges of managing a business first-hand. Greg is the outstanding teacher for the Mercy Corps Northwest LIFE Program that provides Prison and Re-entry Services.

Since 2002, Greg has been active in college and continuing professional education. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area in the fields of accounting, finance, economics, business math, forecasting and managerial statistics. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Portland Community College and Oregon Coast Community College.

Greg earned his M.A. in Development Banking from The American University in Washington D.C. and his B.A. in International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania.


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact training.mcnw@mercycorps.org.


Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration Administration

Event Details

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[ONLINE] | Oregon, USA
Oregon, USA

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