Small Business Development Center gets innovation award
Clackamas Community College's Small Business Development Center won an Excellence and Innovation Award this month from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
CCC's SBDC program provides entrepreneurial development assistance, training programs and no-cost counseling to existing businesses and startups.
"The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special," said SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden. "The Clackamas SBDC represents the many resource partners in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their businesses."
As the Pacific Northwest winner, the Clackamas SBDC was selected from award winners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska and is one of 10 finalists for the National SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award.
In 2018, the Clackamas SBDC helped 118 new businesses start, exceeding its goal of 22. The center also strengthened long-term advising numbers by achieving 105 percent of the center's goal.
In an effort to help Latino entrepreneurs in the construction industry, Clackamas SBDC Director Rob Campbell worked with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board to develop new curriculum and testing resulting in an increased pass rate for the Spanish-speaking exam from 30% to close to 75%.
"Rob and the entire team at the Clackamas SBDC have shown a passion for clients and finding new, innovative ways to deliver services to veterans, contractors and the Latino community," said Mark Gregory, Oregon SBDC state director.
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