Winter '23 Small Business Workshops

Paid Leave Oregon & OregonSaves … explained!


Beginning July 31, 2023, Oregon businesses without an existing workplace retirement savings option will be required to facilitate OregonSaves, Oregon’s retirement savings program. OregonSaves ensures Oregonians have a simple and convenient way to save for their future at work. The program is free for employers and is simple to facilitate. Learn more at

This hybrid presentation will provide a detailed overview of the OregonSaves program including how to register your business before the 2023 deadline, followed by time to answer questions from the audience.

Paid Leave Oregon

Paid Leave Oregon is a new program that allows individuals to take paid time off for many of life’s most important moments that impact our families and our health and safety. This presentation is an opportunity for small businesses to learn more about the Paid Leave Oregon program. The virtual webinar will include a 20-minute overview presentation by a member of the Paid Leave Oregon team, followed by time for questions and answers.

9 a.m. to Noon • Thursday, March 2
Live at the OCCC North County Center in Lincoln City or join via Zoom
Register Here

Starting a Business in Lincoln County

The SBDC’s “start-here” class for would-be business owners (aka “wantrepreneurs”), Doing Business in Lincoln County is a great workshop for anyone considering launching a business in this beautiful, seasonal, challenging, and rewarding market. You’ll learn some of the fundamentals of Oregon Coast business ownership, as well as something about what it takes to be a successful owner of a small business.


Thursday., Jan. 26 |  11:30am-1pm  |  Lincoln City  |  $20

Monday., Jan. 30  |  4-5:30pm  |  Newport  |  $20

Register here

Income Tax Basics
for Small Businesses

Even before the pandemic’s wide array of grant and loan programs – which will pop up in many businesses’ tax documents for years to come – there were numerous changes to the tax code that meant new challenges and opportunities for small business owners.  In this workshop, OCCC SBDC Business Advisor Wendy Ludwig (a CPA, certified in Oregon and California) will walk you through some of the basics you need to know. 

• Overview and Schedule C

• Self-employment tax

• Employee Retention Tax Credit

• Quarterly estimated taxes

• Avoiding common mistakes

• Tips for easier recordkeeping

• Where to find tax information

• Choosing a tax adviser


This is a two-part class.

Mon, Jan. 23 & Mon., Feb. 6

4-5:30pm  |  $45

Live in Newport, and live-streamed to Tillamook Bay Community College SBDC Clients

Register here


Hiring and Payroll Overview

Thinking about or actually hiring your first employee? This workshop will help you understand some of the tax and workplace rules (state and federal) that you’ll need to consider. It will also talk about some promising opportunities you may wish to pursue — including cost-saving programs that may be able to help cover the cost of your employee’s first months. 

Tuesday, March 7 | 11am-12:30pm | Waldport |  $20
Register Here


Looking for more?

Find more personal enrichment and professional development courses on OCCC’s Ed2Go account! Study at your own pace or take courses scheduled for specific dates and times — all from the comfort of home!

See the schedule here



Free, confidential, one-on-one business advising

Don’t forget the core service the Oregon Coast CommunityAdvising Image College Small Business Development Center has delivered for more than three decades throughout Lincoln County: No-cost business advising, available to anyone, from longtime owners of established businesses to folks just considering starting their very first new business — and everyone in-between. Register here!

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Meet your SBDC team

Wendy Ludwig

Wendy Ludwig

Business Advisor

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

BS Accounting, Linfield College CPA Oregon and California


Phone: 541-994-4166


Tonia Anderson

Tonia Anderson

SBDC/NC Coordinator

Community Education, North Center, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

SLPA, Chemeketa Community College


Phone: 541-996-6222


Dave Price

Dave Price

Vice President Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Administration, North Center, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

MBA | Oregon State University '03
BS Journalism (Advertising Sequence) | University of Kansas '91


Phone: 541-994-4166


Disabilities Oregon Coast Community College is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities throughout the College community. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our philosophy is to maximize your independence and self-reliance, providing a variety of support options to assist you in achieving your educational and/or vocational objectives. To receive services, you must submit documentation of your disabling condition(s) to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Students are responsible for requesting, in a timely manner, accommodation and documenting the nature and extent of their disability.

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Vice President of Student Affairs Andres Oroz
541-867-8511 or
Human Resources Manager Joy Gutknecht

Questions can also be mailed to their attention at: 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR  97366. 

Schedule of Events - Nov. 18 Connect 2 Oregon event


Session Description


7:30am – 8:00am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast


8:00am – 8:10am

Welcome and Introductions

Oregon Coast Community College, SBDC

Dave Price,                                     VP of Engagement,                  SBDC Director



8:10am – 10:40am






Go LIVE with OregonBuys! – Be found by Agency buyers and connect with contracting opportunities.

(20 minutes)


Tools and Resources at Your Fingertips

Certification Office for Business Inclusion & Diversity – Learn about Oregon Certification and why it’s important (20 minutes)

Government Contracting Assistance Program – what is GCAP and how can they assist me?

(20 minutes)

SBA – Federal Certifications and Set Asides (15 minutes)

US Army Corps of Engineers
(15 minutes)

Facilitator: Kelly Stevens-Malnar



Kelly Stevens-Malnar








Dee Edwards




Joe Smetak



Carol McIntyre

10:40am – 10:45am

5 minute Break


10:45am – 11:20am



What are the public agencies buying? Where can you find the opportunities? Other programs or opportunities unique to the agency.

–  Oregon Department of Transportation (20 min total)

*Office of Contracts & Procurement

*Office of Civil Rights

–  Dept of Human Services & OR Health Authority (15 min)

–  Dept of Corrections (15 min)



Dept of Administrative Srvcs



Holly Simpson



Greg Ivers/Local Program Staff

Craig Heilman

11:35am – 11:55am


11:55am – 12:15pm



12:15pm – 12:30pm


Statewide Disparity Study – How do you connect?


Running into red tape? Get help.

Secretary of State


Oregon Department of Revenue

Here to help!


Christopher Wilson


Trevor Leahy


Chris Cox


Lunch – Catered


12:30pm – 1:15pm


hear the top three tips from each presenter! And then visit agency tables for more information and handouts


Trevor Leahy


Oregon Coast Community College