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Chamber joins college to aid businesses

Collaboration will make available basic business classes for little or no charge

In collaboration with the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center, is offering a series of free and low-cost classes in Sandy.

Chamber leaders are calling the series “Sandy Summer Biz Boot Camp.”

The practical classes will be taught by experts in their respective fields, including bookkeeping, website, hiring, insurance and marketing.

The convenience factor is enhanced by the fact the classes can be taken by webinar or in-person at the chamber’s expanded classroom, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

Another convenience factor is the idea that the boot camp doesn’t need to be all five classes. Participants can choose the topics that would be of most value for their individual business and focus on the most important topics.

Here are the five boot camp workshops offered this summer in Sandy:

Bookkeeping for

Small Business

Any small business owner who didn’t major in accounting probably is having difficulty remembering the difference between debits and debts. And who knows what types of records must be kept for tax purposes – fuel tax, transit tax, city tax, income tax and sign taxes.

In this class, participants will learn basic accounting practices that are used by professional bookkeepers and accountants. They’ll also become familiar with the tools available to develop a bookkeeping system that works for each specific business.

The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 6, and the fee is $55.

Hiring New Employees

This free class will help participants learn how to attract and hire skilled employees. They’ll also learn how to begin a relationship with a new employee and get examples of how to place proper postings of job openings and the correct paperwork for applications, job descriptions and hiring.

Added to this class is a full explanation of the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.

The class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 20.

Business Insurance 101

This free class will help business owners avoid risking all of their assets just to open a business.

The instructor will demonstrate how to properly protect and insure a new business.

The class, called “Business Insurance 101,” will address basic questions regarding business personal property, commercial general liability, bonds and workers compensation insurance.

The class will be taught from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Online Marketing

and Social Media

Participants in this class will learn how to use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube to promote their respective businesses.

Attracting new customers will be the ultimate goal for people taking this class, as they learn the key elements of successful social media marketing.

The class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, and the class fee is $35.

Business Website Essentials

This free class will teach in a step-by-step way the basics of creating a successful website for a small business.

The instructor will present tools to build a website as well as web hosting options to publish a website on the Internet, basically from scratch.

The class is designed for people of any skill set, and will include some options for people who have budget concerns

The class will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Registration and Information

Even though the classes and webinars will originate in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, the classes are administered from the Small Business Development Center at MHCC, 501 NE Hood Ave., Gresham.

For information, call the chamber at 503-668-4006. To register for any or all of the classes, call 503-491-7658 or bizcenter@mhcc.edu.

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