The SBDC class of 2022 with diplomas in hand and hands in the air like they just don't care
Small Business Management Scholarship

A framework for scaling-up your business

Ready to take your business to the next level?

In partnership with Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Chamber offers a 10-month training program designed to help established small businesses increase revenue, improve operations, and hire great employees.

This program is made possible, in part, through the support of:

Bank of America logo

About the program

The Small Business Management program is a 10-month course focusing on mission-critical aspects of running a business. Participants commit to a three-hour class and a one-on-one advisory session each month, for the duration of the program.

Designed for small business owners who:

  • Either currently or have plans to begin selling products or services beyond the Portland region
  • Have been in business for at least two years
  • Have at least one full-time employee
  • Are looking to get on a strategic growth track

Topics of SBDC classes include:

  • Sourcing capital and financing
  • Financial management
  • Marketing
  • Human resources and hiring
  • Exploring new markets

Key takeaways

  • Learn and apply innovative strategies for growth
  • Build a powerful network with successful entrepreneurs
  • Strategic business planning for success
  • One-on-one expert advising


Program Calendar

The following schedule is provided for general informational purposes only. Specific dates will change year-to-year.

Program Application Open – Late September
Applicant Interviews – Late October
Applicant Notifications – Mid November
Program Dates – February – November
Class Graduation – November

Program Costs

The Small Business Management program usually costs $1,800. However, through a generous grant from Bank of America, we are able to provide this training for up-to 12 small businesses each year, at a reduced cost of just $500.

Included in the scholarship is a complimentary, small business membership in the Portland Metro Chamber for two years.

Jessica Jones, Owner of Derek's Shoes (and yes she's met Derek!)

I didn't even know how much help I needed when I started this course, but then all of it was right there, ready to support me. This program is going to change your life and open up so many doors.

Jessica Jones, owner of Derek's Shoe Repair and Accessories (SBDC Class of 2022)

SBDC Scholarship Program Alumni

Since 2011, the Chamber and the Small Business Development Center at PCC have supported hundreds of small business in our region.

See former program participants

Got Questions?

To learn more about the Chamber's small business support programs, contact Becca McCulloch, Event Coordinator at the Portland Metro Chamber.

Email Becca