JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR – Small business owners in Southern Oregon have an opportunity to receive training and mentorship offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Rogue Community College (RCC). The first 20 applicants to the Small Business Management Program (SBM), with classes starting in the fall, will be considered for a scholarship that covers half of the tuition, a $300 value.
This nationally recognized and respected business development program has produced numerous SBDC-certified graduates in the Southern Oregon region who have gone on to demonstrate a track record of success and successful business growth.
The 2022 program curriculum offers relevant and proven “best practices” for growing revenue, increasing profitability, developing a team and building an adaptable platform for long-term business success.
Past participants in the SBM program have reported the following results after completing the program: improved performance through use of effective financial analysis and information; expanded markets and sales using relevant online marketing platforms; increased knowledge and application of innovative lean processes and quality improvement for specific industries; and strengthened employee teams that grow business and brand success.
The SBM Program includes monthly interactive learning sessions with other experienced business owners focused on current and relevant subjects. It also includes monthly one-on-one business coaching to meet individual business needs. A variety of subject matter experts are invited as frequent guest speakers. The program is taught over a 9-month period and is designed in stages; as each business owner’s training advances, each ongoing business continues to benefit through more advanced topics and mentoring.
The program is offered through once-a-month in-class sessions on Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., beginning October 4th. The SBM Program certificate is offered upon completion of all nine sessions. Course dates for the nine-month program include, in 2022: October 4, November 11, December 3, and, in 2023: January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6.
This program has been developed for businesses that have been in operation for a minimum of one year. The full cost of tuition is $599 but if applying as one of the first 20 business owners, tuition will be reduced to $299. Applications are now being accepted. Retail value of the course, if taken elsewhere, has been estimated at $3,500.
For information on the SBM Program, please call 541-956-7494 or email Advisor Tim Busald at TBusald@roguecc.edu. For general information, please call the RCC SBDC at 541-956-7494 or visit the SBDC SBM webpage.