Start a Business
Find Answers For Starting a Business Here
Starting a business takes creativity, drive, energy, family commitment, money, and lots of hard work. Owning a business can be very rewarding and give you options not available while working for others. All ideas are good. However, not all ideas are feasible.
Before starting any business or investing any money, you first should: do some soul-searching, evaluate the idea, research the market (customer), run the numbers for feasibility, and write a simple business plan. We have classes, resources, and business advisors available to help you find answers to many of your business questions all in one location. We are your resource team.
Training for Starting Your Business
Starting a business classes are offered all year. They are reasonably priced per contact hour and are a sound investment for anyone starting a business. We highly recommend taking the:
- First Steps in Business
Sign up for this class to find out what components make up a successful business, discuss your idea with the group, and rate your entrepreneurial skills.
- Going Into Business: Next Steps in Business (GIB)
GIB teaches business start-up fundamentals essential for a solid beginning. Topics include business structure, financials, marketing, record-keeping, planning, business resources, and more. Gain insight from group discussion and questions from other participants.
- Start, Run, Grow Your Business (Online Program)
- Innovation Workshops
Learn how to take your creative ideas, evaluate them, and protect them.
Each term, we offer an vast array of free and fee-based workshops, classes, and seminars; developed especially to meet business operational needs and leadership growth for the owner. Check Business Classes and Workshops for complete listings.
Signature Business Management Programs
Small Business Management Program Foundations (SBM)
Other Business Management Programs
Business Advising for All Stages of Business
You can receive one-on-one business advising (at no cost to you) to start your entrepreneurial venture step-by-step, get resource referrals, and have access to free business handouts. Let our advisors become a member of your resource team for your new business. Go to Business Advising for more information or call 541.463.6200 to schedule an appointment.
Stop by or peruse through our books and resource contacts on a variety of business topics currently available:
- Business Library - books available for checkout
LaneSBDC.com Resources - a listing of various website addresses and documents.
- Lane Business Links
Free State of Oregon's Filing in Oregon website
Free Informational Handouts from various sources
PaloAlto Business Plan Software - available for resale at a reduce cost
- Construction Contractors Board Self-Study Handbook/CD available for resale