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Portland District Office  -  Mar. 21 2018

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Women's History Month

The SBA is proud of its role as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs.  The SBA Portland District Office salutes the women who take risks in pursuit of their dream and help build a better life for their families, employees, and communities.

This month we revisit Carmen Nazario's amazing journey to starting a business. She was recognized as the 2017 SBA Region 10 Pacific Northwest 8(a) Graduate of the Year:

La Vida Es Una Aventura

Carmen Nazario

“Life is an adventure and you live a greater adventure when you are willing to take more risks,” reads the legacy in Carmen Nazario’s high school year book. Though she didn’t have a crystal ball, Carmen’s quote selection would be foretelling of her future. While attending a university in her native home of Puerto Rico, she decided to take her first big risk. She followed in the footsteps of her father, a World War II Veteran, and joined the U.S. Army, hoping to see the world.

Carmen served as a computer programmer during the Vietnam War; gaining skills that much later would help her establish her own company. After leaving the Army, she attended school, got her Bachelor’s degree and started work as an Information Technology professional. Nearly 20 years later, Carmen took another huge risk. As a single mother of three she decided to start her own business in the field she knew best, software development and consulting.

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Business Success Her Way Twitter Chat

Mom and Pop business owners

4 Ways Mom and Pop Businesses Can Outshine Their Bigger Competitors

March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day—a day to celebrate the value that family-owned small businesses bring to their communities. These days, Mom and Pop businesses face many challenges as they compete against larger retailers and service providers with expansive budgets. But Mom and Pops have some strengths bigger companies don't. By leveraging them, they cannot only compete successfully but also excel.

Here are the 4 advantages


Tax Credits for Your Business

A tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, making it a valuable write-off if you can claim it. There are a number of tax credits that may reward you for taking certain action to help your employees or your business operations. Some tax credits are exclusively for small businesses while other can be claimed regardless of revenues, number of employees, or other factors.  

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Upcoming Events

March 23 Implementing SEO (SCORE)

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and is the most commonly used approach to increase website traffic at no cost. The workshop format is slow-paced, highly interactive, and hands-on.

April 4 Start and manage a business with confidence (SBDC PCC)

Are you second guessing your business decisions? Do you feel overwhelmed and excited about your new business at the same time? Small Business Builders gives you the training and support you need to strengthen your new business for growth in the first, second and third year of business -- providing knowledge that will save you years of frustration and experimentation. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Portland Community College (PCC).

April 5 ENCORE Business Builders: Start and manage business with confidence (SBDC PCC)

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Perhaps you are retired or you have been laid off, and you're looking for some extra income, or something to keep you busy.Encore Entrepreneurship is on the rise for people like you. Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize their knowledge, skills, and experience.

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SCORE small business workshop: All About the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA)

Are you a business owner and always wondered how the U.S. Small Business Administration can help you? Sean Wilson from the SBA Portland District Office will be on hand to answer your questions about how the SBA can help with start-up loans, selling products overseas, contracting with State and Federal governments, business planning, and more.


Wednesday, Mar. 28, 6 -7:30 p.m.


Downtown Bend Public Library (Brooks Room)

601 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR 97701

Register today