Ready, Set, Start Your Business!

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is offering people a chance to explore their dreams of starting a business. The Southwestern SBDC is offering a workshop titled “Ready Set Start Your Business” each week in September 2014.

The 2-hour workshop provides information on important steps that can contribute to a new venture’s success. Participants learn about licensing, business structure, financing, business planning, a personal readiness checklist, business resources and more. Handouts are informational and provide all the contact information needed to register a business and get started.

The workshop is designed to answer general questions. If, after completing the workshop, you are interested in pursuing your new business idea, the Southwestern SBDC can set you up with a business advisor to discuss specific questions you may have that pertain directly to your venture.

The "Ready Set Start Your Business" workshop is scheduled on a variety of dates and times throughout the month. Participants can choose from any one of the following dates:

Wednesday, September 10th, 10:00 am - noon                                                          
Tuesday, September 16th, 3:00pm-5:00pm                                                           
Monday, September 22nd, 6:00pm-8:00pm          
Wednesday, October 1st,  9:00 am – 11:00 am   
A fee of $20 per person covers materials. Preregistration is required.  The workshop will be held in North Bend at The Business Center (2455 Maple Leaf). To register go to  Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-756-6866 or email Mary Loiselle at for more information.

Simplified Bookkeeping Workshop

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is pleased to offer a simplified bookkeeping workshop in North Bend.  Businesses measure their success by how well they are doing financially.  Taxes are prepared based on the profits or losses from the business.  Most small business owners know little about accounting or setting up a bookkeeping system that works.  In this workshop participants will learn how to establish a basic, cash basis recordkeeping system that is goof-proof.
Our instructor, Michael Gordon is a CPA who has been providing accounting and tax services since 1978.  He started his accounting career with the CPA firm of Arthur Andersen.  He is a recognized national seminar speaker.  With his experience as an accountant, a business owner, trainer and a tax advisor he has unique qualifications to assist the small business community.  Previous workshop attendees have commented how much they learn from Mike Gordon and how understandable he makes their record keeping process.
A fee of $45 per person will be charged. Seating is very limited, only the first 25 registrations will be accepted.  Preregistration at is required to insure seating availability and materials.  The workshop will be held in North Bend at The Business Center, 2455 Maple Leaf from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014. Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-756-6866 or email Mary Loiselle at for more information.

Southwestern Oregon Community College InService Closure

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College would like to inform the community that their campuses and bookstores will be closed on Monday, September 22, 2014 for InService. All campus offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
The Student Recreation Center on the Coos Campus will be open for regular hours.
Fall term classes begin on Monday, September 29, 2014. For more information on class schedules and to register please visit or call the Student First Stop Center at 541-888-7352.

Family Child Care Classes Offered

Coos Bay, OR – Have you ever considered becoming a family child care provider?  Are you already providing care for children of family or friends, and have an interest in learning more?  If so, you are invited to sign up for two free child care provider classes being offered monthly by CARE Connections, Child Care Resource and Referral, a program of Southwestern Oregon Community College.  
The DHS Child Care Orientation shows interested providers how to be paid for their child care services through Oregon’s child care assistance programs for working families. Each participant will receive a certificate, an application, and a stipend of $24 for completing theDHS Child Care Orientation class.
The “Overview for Family Child Care” is a separate session for providers who are interested in becoming licensed by the Office of Child Care to care for additional children.  Licensed child care providers are eligible to receive a higher rate of pay from child care assistance program.
These classes offer important information about the USDA Child and Adult Food Program for both licensed child care providers and providers listed with the Department of Human Services about how they may qualify for meal reimbursement during the hours that children are in care.
Adequate access to high quality local child care is considered an essential factor to support healthy families, child development, and our local economy.  Small group size, low adult/child ratio, teacher education and caregiver training are among the quality indicators that are strongly linked with improved outcomes for children.    
Family child care can be a rewarding opportunity to supplement household income while offering an important service to our community.  In general, child care providers in Oregon must be licensed by the Office of Child Care if they care for more than three children at a time, in addition to their own.  
Parents and providers are encouraged to call CARE Connections for more information about quality indicators and to receive child care referrals. There is no charge for child care referral and resource services.
For more information or to sign up for parent referrals, the DHS Orientation and the Overview, please call CARE Connections at (541) 813-1674 in Curry County; (541) 888-7957 in Coos County; Toll Free at 1-800-611-7555; or email: ccr&