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Business Development Workshop Series

A typical first step to working with the BOP is through our Business Development Workshop Series. This is a five-week workshop open to individuals in all stages of business development, from concept phase to ongoing operations. The focus is to build an understanding of general business concepts and assess the feasibility of the business idea. This workshop series is a forum for participants to learn from our program staff and each other. We encourage an open and interactive environment.

The series sessions include:
  • Orientation: Introduction to the PSU Business Outreach Program
  • Business Planning: Building a new or revised business plan
  • Marketing: Understanding your target market, market research and advertising
  • Budgeting and Finances: Budgeting, recordkeeping and financing your business
  • Human Resources & Legal Considerations: Legal issues, entity selection, employment overview and local resource referrals

Interested in attending? Fill out our Inquiry Questionnaire.

Client Ashley Doty (Owlita) meeting with Business Advisor Leslie Siegle and BOP Director Lara Damon

One-on-One Consulting

Business Outreach Program (BOP) Business Advisors are 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. 

Small Business Forums

Our Small Business Forums cover a range of business topics, led by professionals in particular areas of expertise. The evening events provide learning opportunities around business topics, from website development and small business legal issues, to business banking and lending. These forums are designed to be informative, and provide opportunities for small business owners to interact with each other and learn from knowledgeable professionals.

Student Consulting Teams

Students taking PSU's undergraduate Small Business Consulting course are placed in the role of a business consulting team, working with BOP clients. The Student Consulting teams consist of three to four students, the business owner and the Business Advisor. Together this team identifies and executes a consulting project based on the needs of the business.

Student Interns

The BOP internship program allows students from the School of Business Administration (SBA) at Portland State University to gain experience as business consultants. Interns are placed with client businesses on an as-needed basis, to provide specific assistance to the client and practical experience for the students. Frequently, these targeted assignments are in marketing, finance, accounting, human resources and general management. Most internships involve research and recommendations to the client; as well as hands on experience in assisting and sometimes leading the implementation of recommendations.

What We Do

Every business is unique, therefore BOP services are customized to best serve each business in our programs. Typical services and types of assistance available through the BOP include:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Human Resource Support
  • Operations Assistance
  • Product Cost Analysis
  • Business Assessment
  • Accounting System Set-up and Training
  • Pro Bono Legal Services


Interested in becoming a client?
Fill out our Inquiry Questionnaire.