SBDC Small Business Management Program Applications Open

Jackson and Josephine counties (May 30, 2024) – Southern Oregon small business owners can receive training and mentorship offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rogue Community College (RCC). The first 20 applicants to the Small Business Management Program, with classes starting in the fall, will be considered for a scholarship that covers half of the tuition, a $300 value. The scholarship is made available through the RCC Board of Education. 

This nationally recognized program has produced many SBDC-certified graduates in Southern Oregon who have demonstrated success and growth in the business world.

The 2024-25 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 sustainability. 

After being involved in the Small Business Management Program, past participants have reported an improved performance using 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 Small Business Management 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 nine-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 has in-class sessions held once a month on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 1, 2024. Course dates for the 2024-25 program will be Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 in 2024, and in 2025 they will be Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3.  

This program was developed for businesses that have been operating for at least one year. The full cost of tuition is $618 but if applying as one of the first 20 business owners, tuition will be reduced to $318 through the scholarship. Retail value of the course, if taken elsewhere, has been estimated at $3,500. 

For information on the Small Business Management Program, call 541-956-7494 or email advisor Tim Busald at For general information, call the RCC SBDC at 541-956-7494 or, for more information, visit