City of Beaverton

Posted on: September 5, 2017

Library Hosts 'You're the Boss' Business Series

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Attend the Beaverton City Library hosted series “You’re the Boss 2017” to learn skills related to starting and developing your own business. The series will be held on select Tuesdays in September and October from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The series kicks off with Business Planning: Is Your Idea Feasible? on Sept. 12 and culminates with Working Across Generations: Collaboration Within a Generational Mix on Oct. 24. Additional topics include Access to Capital: Is There Money for Your Small Business?, Startup 411, and How to Build Your Network and Prospecting Toolkit.

These events are free and open to the public. The events will occur at Beaverton City Library Main located at 12375 SW 5th St. For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit or call 503-644-2197.

Full Schedule of Series Events:

Business Planning: Is Your Idea Feasible?

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Curious about starting your own business? Learn more about what to consider before taking the leap, as well as some tips for getting started writing your business plan. Presented by the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center. Jarvez Hall, an Oregon native with an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University, shares some lessons and exercises that explore whether your idea would make a feasible business. Hall has spent the better part of a decade either as an entrepreneur or advocating for and educating entrepreneurs. He has worked both for a national small business-focused nonprofit organization and with local businesses through the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College.

Access to Capital: Is There Money for Your Small Business?

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Are you looking for financing to start or grow your small business? Attend this workshop provided by experts to learn more about your financing options. This is a joint presentation by Ascent Funding (formerly known as the Albina Opportunities Corporation) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Capital Access Team. Edward Jones from Ascent Funding has over a decade of banking and commercial lending experience at various institutions, including US Bank, West Coast Bank and credit unions. A Portland area native since he was a teen, Jones earned a B.S. in Social Science/Black Studies from Portland State University. Noah Brockman from SBDC leads OSBDCN's Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on access to capital, business planning and financial analysis. Since 2008, Brockman has worked with the Portland Community College SBDC, where he facilitates Profit Mastery and the Small Business Management II program and participates as one of OSBDCN's Grow Oregon Business Advisors.

Startup 411

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Got an idea for a startup, especially a tech idea, but don't know where to start? This workshop, delivered by the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC), will provide an overview of local resources for entrepreneurs, a review of common mistakes entrepreneurs make and a checklist of steps to take as you build out your plan. Also provided is an overview of startup funding options, including for tech startups. Presenter Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC. He is a veteran of three investor-funded startups and two business-unit startups inside larger companies, and he has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. Learn more at

How to Build Your Network and Prospecting Toolkit

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Learn how to network and build your prospecting toolkit with Michelle Mason, Director of Partnership & Programs at the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce and owner/creator of the Beaverton Craft Beer Festival. This presentation covers how to prepare when you are going out, tips and tricks on what to do while at the event, how to schedule the most appointments following the event, what will make you stand out from the rest, and prospecting resources in reference at the library. Mason has been in hospitality and the service industry for more than 20 years. Through the Chamber, she connects with more than 6,000 members, more than 20 volunteers, and multiple committees.

Working Across Generations: Collaboration within a Generational Mix

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Explore the nuance of intergenerational workspace and management styles with Marilyn Scott, a retired Intel Manager. Common conflicts may arise among mixed generations, in job hunting, within work environments, or in the collaborating phase of a startup process. No matter what, a thorough overview of the differences present among generations will provide insight to you in your own individual situations. Scott's professional background is in organization development, human resources, communication and management effectiveness. Prior to Intel, she was an HR Director for the American Red Cross. She is currently Chairperson of the Portland Chapter of SCORE.

Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.

The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon’s sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active and responsive city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is “The Best of Oregon.”

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