Business Development Workshop Series
The PSU Business Outreach Program (BOP) offers a five-week Business Development Workshop Series, available to individuals in all stages of business development, from concept phase to ongoing operations.
This workshop is taught by a PSU BOP business advisor, and is a great opportunity to join other current and aspiring business owners to discuss challenges, exchange ideas, and learn new tools for growing your business.
4/7/15 - 5/5/15
4/9/15 - 5/7/15
Cost: $150, all 6 sessions. *Sliding scale available based on income.
Thursday, 4/2/15, 6-9pm
Tuesday, 5/12/15, 6-9pm
Cost: $25, Work Space only
OR $150 (Workshop and Work Space)
The five-week series provides discussion, tools and templates on the following topics:
- Week 1 - Orientation: Intro to the PSU BOP and the roles of an entrepreneur
- Week 2 - Marketing: Understanding market research, your target market & competition, pricing strategy & free market research tools
- Week 3 - Business Planning: Building a new or revised business plan, and why it’s important to have one
- Week 4 - Budgeting & Finances: Budgeting, record keeping and financing your business
- Week 5 - Human Resources & Legal Considerations: Legal issues, entity selection, employment overview and local resource referrals
- Week 6 - Work Space: BOP Advisors are available to give feedback on your business plan
Interested in attending?
Complete our Inquiry Questionnaire and a PSU BOP staff member will follow up with you to complete your registration.
Business Plan Work Space
The Business Plan Work Space is open to all who have participated in our Business Development Workshop Series, and provides dedicated time to work on your business plan with other entrepreneures doing the same thing. Professional PSU BOP Business Advisors will be on hand to answer questions and give feedback on your work.
Interested in attending? Register here.
Long Term Support
In collaboration with various community partnership, and supported by program grants and giving, the PSU BOP offers intensive long-term business support services to a select number of entrepreneurs each year. Long-term support program participants benefit from in-depth business support for one to three years, through a service delivery of one-on-one consulting, student intern and student consulting teams support, peer-based learning opportunities, and resources and referrals.
Enrollment in long-term support programs is highly competitive and limited to strict criteria determined by funding contracts, included but not limited to: income thresholds, neighborhood eligibility and demographics. Partial or full services are offered only to those selected and enrolled based on program criteria.
Client Sovanna Yun (Cocoon Silk) with
PSU BOP Executive Director Lara Damon
Many of our business support programs feature monthly round table meetings, hosted by our Business Advisor team. These meetings greatly expand an entrepreneur's support network by connecting owners from diverse industries and businesses to share resources, ideas, challenges, and solutions.
Student Consulting Teams
Interested in becoming a student consultant?
Learn more here.
Student consulting teams are comprised of Portland State University School of Business Administration students from various business majors. Mentored by the PSU BOP Executive Director and Business Advisors, student teams work closely with business owners to identify and execute a consulting project, based on the needs of the business. This presents an opportunity for business owners to be supported by bright students, while challenging students to research, analyze and
provide solutions towith real world business issues.
Project duration is over the course of a 10-week term, and project completion is delivered at the end of the term.
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The PSU BOP consulting team is augmented by qualified business interns selected from PSU School of Business Administration. Interns act as consultants as an extension of the PSU BOP consulting team. Under the supervision of PSU BOP staff, interns are matched to PSU BOP client businesses, to provide specific assistance to the client in the areas of marketing, bookkeeping training, finance, accounting, human resources and general management. The PSU BOP internship program adds to the resources the PSU BOP offers and value to the client, while providing student interns hands on consulting experience and exposure to the business community.
A La Carte Services
The following services are available to clients enrolled in PSU BOP Long Term Support Programs, upon referral from their BOP Business Advisor. Individuals who complete our Business Development Workshop Series are also eligible to access these services for a fee.
- Peer based learning
- Learn + Networks
- Market Research
- Bookkeeping Training
- Business Plan Review
- 1:1 Consulting
- Alumni Membership
If you have questions about our a la carte services, contact us.