2018 Schedule

We don’t know what workshops are coming in 2019, but there is the 2018 schedule to give you an idea.

The workshops are organized into three tracks:

  • Before you Begin
  • Now What
  • Take it to the Next Level

You are welcome to attend workshops from any track.

Saturday, September 15th


8:00am – 8:30am

Exhibit Hall

Welcome and Opening Statements


8:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall – Open all day

Spend some time in the Exhibit Hall where over 50 booths with professionals will be waiting for you. Stop by with your questions.

9:00am – 10:30am

Choose One

The One Essential Behind Every Great Business

Strategic Business Plans

How do you give your small business an advantage from the start? Write a strategic business plan and then use to guide you moving forward.

Getting Up to Speed on Small Business Taxes

Basic information every small business owner needs to know about taxes

Understanding taxes and how it applies to your small business is critical to your financial success. Learn what you must know to be tax compliant on federal and state levels.

Intellectual Property Law – Why it matters to your business

What you don't know might hurt you or your business

What you need to know about Trademarks, Copyright, and Intellectual Property law and how it can affect both your brand and your bottom line.


11:00am – 12:30pm

Choose One

How To Choose the Right Legal Structure

Making sense of the alphabet soup

What kind of business structure should you choose? “C” or “S” Corp? LLC? Oregon Benefit Company? Learn the advantages of each plus key legal issues in regard to permitting, licensing and more.

Contracts & Other Complicated Forms

Do you know the specifics about contracts?

Learn how to read them, how to write them, how to negotiate them and more including the most common business forms and commercial leases. 

Perspectives on Diversity

How it improves your bottom line

Do you know that a diverse workplace is a more profitable workplace? Many research studies now prove it and we take a look at diversity in business from different perspectives.


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

Due to the closing of the University, lunch will not be provided on site.
There are a number of options in the neighborhood


2:00pm – 3:30pm

Choose One

Social Media Tools: How To Use Them Effectively

Identify the various social media options, which will work best for your business

Learn how to create a social media plan and social strategies to boost your business. How Social Media is  a real part of your overall Branding and Marketing – how it all connects.

Funding Your Business in Nontraditional Ways

Looking for alternative ways to fund your business?

Find out about crowdfunding, grants, IDAs and other creative resources available to launch your big idea.

Why Passion Isn’t Enough for a Successful Business

Running the business is different from doing the job

What does the mindset of a successful entrepreneur look like? We discuss how best to think it all through including running your business, setting your direction and doing what is critical for your success.


8:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall – Open until 4pm

One last chance to visit our exhibitors!
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