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Every business is unique; therefore PSU BOP services are customized to best serve each business in our programs. Focus areas include business feasibility assessment, market research, business plan development, accounting, financial planning, HR, operations and legal resources.

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.


Upcoming Workshops:

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
11/04/14 - 12/02/14

PSU BOP BDWS Flier.pdf

 

Cost: $125

Includes all sessions. 

Sliding scale available based on  income.

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

Interested in attending? 

Complete our Inquiry Questionnaire and a PSU BOP staff member will follow up with you to complete your registration.

 

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.

 

One-on-One Consulting
One-on-one consulting is performed through a harmonious relationship developed between a PSU BOP Business Advisor and the entrepreneur. PSU BOP Business Advisors are highly qualified active business professionals within the Portland metropolitan area. Business Advisors work on an individual basis with clients in areas such as identifying business and marketing strategies, establishing operating and accounting procedures, financial planning and developing human resource policies. In addition, Advisors network clients to a host of beneficial contacts and resources in the Portland metropolitan area.

Client Sovanna Yun (Cocoon Silk) with
PSU BOP Executive Director Lara Damon

Peer-Based Learning

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.

 

Student Interns

Join Career Connect to receive updates on intern opportunities through the PSU BOP. 

 

Learn more here.

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.