Registration opens for OCCC’s 2018-19 Small Business Management Program

Patrick White

SBM Coordinator Misty Lambrecht, pictured with 2017-18 SBM Business of the Year Patrick White, of Northwest Allpro Auto Clinic, of Newport.

Are you ready to invest some time in the classroom to help grow your business? Perhaps now is the time to take advantage of one of Lincoln County’s most prominent and established professional development opportunities – the Small Business Management (SBM) Program at Oregon Coast Community College.

This summer, the staff at OCCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is meeting with business owners from all corners of Lincoln County.

“The summer is one of our busiest times,” said Misty Lambrecht, coordinator of the SBM, the Center’s cornerstone program. “Each summer,” Lambrecht continued, “we schedule meeting after meeting with business owners who may be considering enrolling in our SBM for the next academic year.” This year, the program kicks off in late September 2018, and runs through June 2019.  Applications are open now.

Any Lincoln County business can apply to participate in the Small Business Management Program, but the typical participant has at least two to three years of operations under her belt. “Some businesses are much older,” Lambrecht said. “In recent years, we’ve seen brand-new startups sitting next to owners of fourth-generation county businesses. All are welcome, and all have something to contribute to our discussions.”

“Ron Spisso, who ran this program for almost 20 years, called it an ‘MBA Lite,’” she said. “It introduces business owners to fundamental concepts that have been around for years, as well as very new information – this year new content will range from the ramifications of the 2018 tax changes to the new marketing environment created by Facebook’s recent algorithm changes, among many others.”

 

About the program

The Small Business Management Program at its core consists of monthly classroom sessions, from September through June, along with once-monthly one-on-one advising sessions, during which participants meet alone with their business advisor from the SBDC.

“The typical SBM participant does a lot more than these two appointments per month,” said OCCC SBDC Director Dave Price. “They also do a great deal of work on their business, not just in their business. Generally, SBM participants are joining the program because they have some goals for their business to achieve during the year. Some are out to overhaul and improve their marketing programs and strategies. Others are determined to get their financial reporting improved and to resole longstanding issues with their QuickBooks records. Still others are hoping to learn more about resolving nagging personnel issues. And then,” Price continued, “there are those who are simply eager to learn more about doing business – and specifically to learn from other business owners about doing business here in our wonderful, crazy, and challenging corner of the world.”

Price, a county resident since 1996 who launched his own business here in 2005 and sold it in 2013, is a graduate of the SBM. “I enrolled in the program in the depths of the Great Recession,” he said. “I loved the monthly advising sessions – they were a great way to step out of the day to day stresses of the workplace and to really talk strategy, and building value for the long term.”

This year, the SBDC plans to offer two different cohorts of the SBM; one that meets Tuesday afternoons in Newport, and another meeting Wednesday mornings in Lincoln City.

“We began offering two cohorts two years ago,” Lambrecht said. “Business tell us they appreciate the convenience of having sessions closer to home, and also the ability to catch a missed class at the other location.”

 

Getting registered

To find out if the Small Business Management Program is for you, and to schedule an appointment with Lambrecht or Price, call 541-994-4166, or visit www.oregoncoastcc.org/small-business-management/ and click “Application.”

 

About the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center has served Lincoln County’s entrepreneurs for 31 years, offering free, confidential, one-on-one business advising to anyone in business or who’s simply thinking of one day launching a business.  The SBDC also offers a variety of classes and workshops at OCCC’s locations in Waldport, Lincoln City, and Newport. A complete listing of upcoming classes can be found any time at www.oregoncoastbusiness.com.