SEMINAR: Strategies for Opening and Growing a Retail Business

About Your Seminar

Are you interested in opening a retail business but have limited knowledge on ideal locations, commercial brokerage, and accessibility to capital? In this two hour long seminar Elizabeth will provide the students with tips and lessons learned from her experience as a small business owner. She will discuss the importance of lease negation, how to hire and run a small business with no HR department, and provide an insight on how the decisions you make your first years as a business owner can make or break your business. Joining Elizabeth will be Sydney Mansfield the General Manager at Eb & Bean and Sara Daley who is a Commercial Broker.

In this Seminar you will walk away with the following:

  • Understanding of commercial real estate considerations
  • Tips on navigating a build out
  • Strategies for hiring and retention
  • A win-win strategy for building your brand while also building community

About Your Presenter


Elizabeth Nathan founded Eb & Bean in Portland, OR five years ago after completing pastry school and discovering a craving for a new frozen yogurt experience that emphasized local and organic ingredients, both dairy and non-dairy. Since opening the original shop in NE PDX, she has grown the business to a second location on SE Division St, with a third location in NW PDX opening in late winter 2019. Elizabeth has lived in Portland since 2007, and is originally from the DC area. She has two kids, Eben (nickname Eb), age 10, and Sabine (nickname Bean), age 6.





*Scholarship Option 1 – Income Based: Partial scholarships are available from Mercy Corps Northwest to low-income individuals with proper documentation. Applications must be received one week before the start of class to be considered. Link to Online Application.

*Scholarship Option 2 – Designated for People of Color: In partnership with Prosper Portland, we are thrilled to be able to offer people of color scholarships to any  training activity. Eligible clients need to have a home or business address within the city of Portland. Our goal is to make business education accessible to everyone in our community. Link to Online Application.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR A TRAINING ACTIVITY IF YOU PLAN ON APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP – wait until your scholarship application has been approved or denied and then proceed with registration. You will be contacted via phone or email by Prosper Portland or Mercy Corps Northwest (depending on which scholarship you apply for) after we receive your application. Questions? Email

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are available up to one week prior to the start of the class. If you are unable to continue attending class we do our best to accommodate your situation. Registration is not complete without payment

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Mercy Corps Northwest | 43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR, USA
43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR, USA

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