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TuesdayJan 27 2009SCORE: 7 Steps Businesses Must Consider in a Bad Economy
Assuming that your business idea or business is feasible and that you have the experience and background to make your idea flourish and that there are not too many companies in this line of business and that there is a demand for your product or service, this workshop is for YOU.
Learn about the Seven (7) Steps For Sustaining & Growing Your Business in a Bad Economy Step 1: Cash Flow Focus - is both a state of mind and a key to business management.
Step 2: The Planning Process - if you don't have a plan, how do you know what you want to do?
Step 3: Customer-centric thinking - you MUST think like a customer to survive. Learn how.
Step 4: Value Proposition Development/Use - Learn how to quickly tell someone what you do for customers and why it is valuable
Step 5: Advisory Boards Collaboration - in the counsel of many, there is wisdom
Step 6: Competitive Analysis - why it matters what the competition is doing and how to make it work for you
Step 7: Web Presence � What and Why - and do people care?
WednesdayFeb 22 2012OEN Workshop: Intelligent Hiring
Good managers and leaders agree - the most valuable asset in any company is its employees.
Is your hiring process set up to support your most valuable asset?
While there is no exact science for guaranteeing the perfect hire, you can improve your chances of hiring right the first time through a well planned and executed hiring process. This interactive session addresses the legal considerations associated with hiring and provides participants with tools to identify and uncover a candidate’s skills, performance and fit within their industry and workplace culture. Participants will practice interviewing and screening techniques and will develop a plan for refining their current hiring practices.
What You Will Gain: • Understand pertinent employment laws affecting the hiring and interview process • Implement practices to avoid negligent hiring practices • Acquire and practice the most effective interview styles and strategies • Plan and organize an objective interview and evaluation process
Who Will Benefit: • Supervisors • Managers • HR Professionals
Speaker: Molly Kelley
WednesdayFeb 6 2013SmartPitch: Creating an Effective Investor Pitch
To close funding from investors, you first must accomplish some key milestones. When it's time to pitch investors, you must convey the investment opportunity and what you've accomplished in a compelling way that motivates the investor to want to learn more.
In this OTBC/OEN workshop you'll learn what headway investors expect that you've already made, and what topics they want to learn about in a pitch. And you'll learn about effective pitch techniques, and effective pitch tactics. In the interactive portion of the workshop, you'll develop and delivery the front-end of an investor pitch - one of the hardest pieces: a description of the problem or unmet need, and a description of your solution both of which are concise, compelling and motivating.
WednesdayMay 15 2013OEN Workshop in Hillsboro: Tax Issues for Startups
Does the word "taxes" have you reacting with a blank, questionable stare?
When making a list of priorities, startups tend to list taxes right above, "getting a plant service for the office." As with most startups, there may be a significant period of time before the business becomes profitable. However, there are business decisions you make today that can greatly affect your income tax situation in the future. These decisions include what type of entity your company wants to be, where your company wants to be located or even how your company obtains sales. Also, there are other types of taxes besides income, e. g. sales, payroll and B & O, that can distract you from the beginning. Andrew Meyers will help get you through the startup "tax maze" so that you can more effectively focus on growing your startup and be well positioned for long-term success.
Speaker: Andrew Meyers Andrew joined the Perkins & Co tax department in 2005 and is a member of our high-tech/emerging growth and real estate practice groups.
Andrew has diversified experience managing tax engagements in a wide variety of companies in several industries, including distributors, manufacturing, technology and real estate. His experience includes working with all types of entity structures; however, much of his time is spent assisting our corporate clients engaged in the manufacturing of technology related products who file in multiple jurisdictions. This gives him a wide range of knowledge in areas related to state/local nexus and filing requirements, revenue recognition issues and research & development credits, as well as other challenges businesses confront in this industry.
Prior to joining us, Andrew spent a year and a half as an auditor at a mid-size local firm in Portland where he served manufacturing, technology and privately held businesses.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as Economics from Portland State University. He is a licensed CPA and a member of the AICPA and OSCPA. He is also a member of YPOP, a networking organization for young professionals in the Portland metro area.
When: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, 5193 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite A, Hillsboro, OR 97124
OEN & HCC Member: $32 Non-Member $70
WednesdayJul 17 2013OEN Workshop in Hillsboro: Lean Startup - The One Page Business Model
A startup is an organization that is searching for a business model that works. It's critical to understand that a startup's business model is a set of assumptions - and those assumptions need to be tested, earlier rather than later! And earlier means before you develop the product or service! (But even if you've already started developing the product is still the right time to validate the business model!)
A 1 page business model canvas is an excellent way to capture the assumptions underlying your business model, so you can methodically test those assumptions. In this workshop, you'll learn about the lean startup approach, and be introduced to the 1 Page Lean Business Model Canvas, and discuss how you can use the canvas to test each assumption in the model. Then you'll work through a “hands on” exercise where you complete and present to the group a portion of your 1 page lean canvas. All participants will receive printed copies of the Lean Canvas to use, and will also be provided with a PowerPoint version of the canvas so they can continue to create canvases on a computer.
Who should attend: Anyone who is starting a business and has not yet developed and tested the business model for that business. This material and process is relevant for any startup - not just tech startups.
Presenter: Steve Morris Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC and the Managing Director of OregonStartups.com. He is a veteran of three start-ups, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).
When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Time: 9:00am - Noon
Where: Hillsboro Chamber of Commmerce, 5193 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite A, Hillsboro, OR 97124
OEN & HCC Member: $32 Non-Member $70