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Scholarship Program

Small Business Management Scholarship Program

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Graduates of the Small Business Development Center scholarship, sponsored by Bank of America, tell their story about how the program has helped their business.

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Application Process

Applicants must complete an online form. Participants are then selected through a competitive, three-stage application process. Selected participants commit to a three-hour class once a month as well as a one-on-one monthly advisory session for 10 months.

About the Program

The Portland Business Alliance can help your small business grow to the next level through its Advanced Small Business Management Scholarship Program.

The Portland Business Alliance and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) partner in providing a 10-month training program, conducted by the SBDC, designed to help the experienced business owner grow revenue and employees. 

In an effort to promote small business and job growth, the Alliance offers scholarships to 12 small businesses per year for this program. After the $1,300 scholarship is applied, businesses will be responsible for only $500 of the $1,800 course tuition. In addition, each program participant will receive a two-year small business level Alliance membership, valued at $820/year for a total scholarship package valued at $2,940. The scholarships are made possible thanks to a generous partnership with Bank of America.

The course is designed for owners of small businesses that:
  • Currently or want to begin selling products or services outside of the Portland region
  • Have been in business for at least two years
  • Have at least one employee
  • Are looking to get on track for growth
Topics of SBDC classes include:
  • Sourcing capital and financing
  • Marketing and financial management
  • Exploring International markets
Class of 2017: For more information about the scholarship program, contact Alliance Membership Coordinator, Rebecca McCulloch, by email or 503.552.6759.

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