TECHNOLOGY IMPACT PROGRAM (TIP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We created the Technology Impact Program (TIP) to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs to effectively use current technology to start, grow and manage their businesses.

What this program can do for you:

  • Connect you to quality, technology-related online training
  • Provide access to no-cost business advising 
  • Increase your markets, sales and profits

Check out the TIP’s online courses at Bizcenter Online Learning. In addition to the TIP’s online training program, you can access a statewide advisor with expertise in social media and website development after you register at any one of our 19 Centers around the state.

 

Videos for your business:

LinkedIn for you (12:02) - What is LinkedIn, and how can you use it to gain new customers.

LinkedIn for your business (7:42) - What about using LinkedIn for your business?

Should I pay for a click? (12:51) - Is it worth it to pay for seach engine advertising? The answer may surprise you.

How to generate leads online (5:54) - By understanding the psychology of your customers, you can make simple changes to your site that will accelerate the conversion of an anonymous website visitor to a qualified prospect!

How to get my business online (20:43) - Learn the key questions you should ask any web designer BEFORE you spend one dime with them.

What is the cloud? (11:13) - Everyone is throwing around this term, but what does it mean? In this video, Eric Spellmann explains, in plain English, what it actually IS and lists the advantages it brings.

Bounce rate: only that matters (4:48) - When most people discuss web statistics, the word "hit" seems to be popular. However, as you will learn in this video, hits are completely irrelevant. The real stat you need to track is your Bounce Rate.

 

Our partner in this project, Palo Alto Software, has made LivePlan available to our clients at no cost. LivePlan is the world’s most popular business planning software, and the software is available online for creating your own customized business plan.  LivePlan is offered at no cost to business owners that register with a local SBDC advisor.

 

 

PaloAltoLogoThe Technology Impact Program is an innovative partnership between the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN) and Palo Alto Software.

circle recovery logowebThis project is part of the State Broadband Data and Development Program and has been funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant administered though the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

 

Bizcenter online learning

Expand your business skills from your home or office with our new and expanding online courses that are available wherever you are and at any time.


Here’s what BizCenter Online Learning can do for you:

  • Increase your website’s traffic through our courses on Social Media, Google, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Learn how to how to use blogs, create an online store, and tune-up your website
  • Impact sales by using our Customer Relations Management course to know who your customers are
  • Expand your markets through our course on Preparing to Win Federal Government Contracts
  • If you are starting a business, then the Better, Smarter, Richer course is for you

Check out the courses and register today.

 Meet our Technology Advisors

To arrange a no-cost meeting with any of these advisors, click here for a referral from an advisor near you.

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Colleen Wright

Digital Marketing

Description

Colleen’s expertise is in search engine optimization, local search recommendations, sponsored search advertising, email marketing, social media marketing and Google analytics.

Primary Service area Columbia, Washington, Yamhill, Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam
Bio Click here to read Colleen's bio
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Misty Lambrecht

Websites and Social Media

Description

Misty’s expertise is in search engine optimization, Wordpress website development, website malware removal, mobile website development Google application and analytics.

Primary Service area Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur
Bio Click here to read Misty's bio
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Jennifer Hoffman

Website Audits

Description

Jennifer’s expertise is in a thorough analysis of client’s website with recommendations on how to increase sales through adoption of social media strategies and implementation of technology to increase efficiencies.

Primary Service area Polk, Marion, Linn, Benton, Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook Wheeler, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Baker and Wallowa
Bio Click here to read Jennifer's bio
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Judy Beebe

Cloud-based QuickBooks

Description Judy Beebe has an extensive accounting and finance background. Judy is a part-time instructor at Western Oregon University, primarily teaching accounting courses. Additionally, Judy owns her own consulting firm providing accounting and management expertise.

She provides QuickBooks advising, especially as it relates to the cloud based application.

Primary Service area Statewide
Bio Click here to read Judy's bio
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Nick Wiley

e-Operations Software & Online Reputation Management

Description Nick’s expertise is in small business operations software and technology, online reputation management, and digital marketing.
Primary Service area Statewide
Bio Click here to read Nick's bio

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Guy Edwards

Business Advisor

Contact

bizcenter@mhcc.edu

Bio

Guy Edwards specializes in social media marketing and search engine optimization. No matter how crowded the internet gets he helps client’s websites get found.
After attending the Art Institute of Chicago he went to work with large publications to help them transition from print publication to online subscriptions. He has pioneered e-commerce for businesses and distance learning courses for major universities. After a write up in The Wall Street Journal Guy worked with several advertising agencies in Portland.
Guy now owns Brainjar Media, a company that develops and markets websites for a wide range of organizations including corporations, small-businesses and non-profits. Brainjar’s most notable clients are Animal Planet, Intel, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Willamette Egg Farms and most recently Yoshida’s Sand in the City.

LinkedIn Click here view Guy's LinkedIn profile


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LivePlan Business planning software

LivePlan is the world’s leading software for creating business plans, and it’s now available to OSBDCN clients thanks to the partnership between the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and Palo Alto Software.

Many of these valuable resources are available at no cost for businesses that register with an advisor at their local Business Development Center. And LivePlan’s features enhance the advising relationship by giving the client the option of allowing the advisor into their online LivePlan account to post comments and assist in developing a strong business plan.

Here are some of the other great features of LivePlan:

Easy, error-free financials guaranteed

Write your whole plan without ever having to look at a spreadsheet—in less time than you thought possible. LivePlan simply asks you questions about your business, and you plug in the answers. Built-in formulas make the financials simple to create, and LivePlan does the math for you.

Illustrate your financials with automatic charts

Visuals make your plan easier to digest and more credible. So LivePlan can automatically create charts for you based on the financial information you've already input.

Full financials for a complete business plan

LivePlan includes all the financial tables a lender or investor expects to see, and they all link together. You input your data, and it's pulled into the right table automatically.

Include just the information you need

You have complete control over your plan. Maybe you only need to forecast sales and expenses and don't want to worry about cash flow right now. No problem. With a few simple settings, you can easily choose the level of detail to include in your plan. And you can always change it to adjust your plan for any audience.

Create a long-term plan

A typical business plan looks three years into the future, but if you need a longer-range plan, it's simple to create one. LivePlan lets you include five full years of monthly projections, which you can include in your appendix, so you can show investors or lenders exactly how your business will grow.

The online program works with your computer

LivePlan is an online program that works with both Windows and Mac computer operating systems.

 

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