SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Training to focus on online sales techniques

By Observer staff April 09, 2014 08:59 am

Training to focus on online sales techniques

Blue Mountain Community College Small Business Development Center, along with the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, is offering online sales techniques training May 9. The training is designed to help small business owners generate new streams of income.

“This is cutting edge technology training for busy entrepreneurs who want to increase income by reaching new target markets using electronic media to sell,” said Art Hill, BMCC vice president of economic development and director of the Small Business Development Center.

The training will provide details a business owner needs to sell online through an intensive six-hour, hands-on seminar broadcast live from BMCC Pendleton to BMCC locations in Hermiston and Milton-Freewater. 

Training is led by Jennifer Hofmann, owner of Inspired Home Office and adviser at Chemeketa SBDC. Tips will be given to help one turn a website into a sales tool. Cost is $59.95 per participant and includes lunch.

Call 888-441-7232 to reserve a spot.

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SBA announces National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON — Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 12-16.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.  This year, events will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy

Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. National Small Business Week will culminate in Washington, D.C., where the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named.  Candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will be competing for the award.  Small business owners and their employees who attend will interact with federal government officials, local elected leaders, representatives from national businesses and other small business experts. 

Throughout the week there will also be webinars and other live events.  Interested individuals can register online at where additional information on National Small Business Week events will be made available.