Scholarship applications now open for Small Business Management program

September 2023

Are you ready to take your small business to the next level? This is the your opportunity to get the business skills you need to level-up your operations.

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

Applications for the 2024 Small Business Management program cohort are now open! Apply before October 23rd to be considered for this in-depth business training.

And here’s the best part… thanks to generous support from Bank of America, the cost for this comprehensive program is just $500!

Apply Now

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.

The course is 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 classes include:

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

It’s really hard to run a business on your own and it’s a really good idea to have support from an advisor who is able to help. There will likely also always be other business owners in the program who are going through similar challenges as you.

Eleni Woldeyes, owner of Eleni's Kitchen (SBDC Class of 2022)

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.

Apply Now for your Scholarship

(There is no cost to apply. You will only be charged $500 if you are accepted into the program.)

A proven curriculum for business success

Since 2011, hundreds of Portland businesses have gone through the PMC Small Business Management program. Get the foundational training you need to be Portland’s next business success story.

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)

Got questions?

To learn more about the Small Business Manager program, contact Becca McCulloch at the Portland Metro Chamber.