Small Business Management (SBM) Program

Are you wanting something more for your life and your business?

You're the owner of an established business: you’ve been through the ups and downs and you’ve endured. But you know there is more…more than surviving, more for you, and more for your business. At this point you're too busy and not sure what will help, but you want to grow or go deeper, while continuing to thrive in your strengths. You don’t have to do it alone! Together we can help your business evolve to better support the life you want to live.

Empowerment. Balance. Hope.

The SBM program helps you find the balance you crave between life and work. It helps you rediscover enthusiasm for your work that you felt when you first started your business.

We don't talk at you. We don't tell you what to do. We're here to work beside you and treat you as the expert on your business. We want you to feel empowered to stretch and grow. The SBM program is a safe environment to try new things and share your successes and challenges with other experienced business owners.

Key Benefits

  • Experience increased efficiency, profitability, and support through monthly one-on-one business coaching sessions tailored to your individual needs.
  • Discover how to work "on" your business rather than "in" it through interactive learning sessions.
  • Enjoy exchanging ideas and networking with other successful business owners.

And there is more!

  • Opportunity to join the SBM Retail Focus Group that meets monthly to share resources, ideas, and education specific to retail business owners.
  • Opportunity to join the SBM Manufacturing Focus Group that meets monthly to share resources, ideas, and education specific to manufacturers.
  • SBM qualifies for the 5-hour portion of the (contractors) CCB mandatory continuing education requirements.

Is this you?

SBM is ideal for established small business owners (1-50 employees) who have been in business 2-35+ years throughout the Willamette Valley. Service, retail, contractors, professionals and manufacturing businesses have all benefitted from the SBM program over the past 30 years.

Want to know more?

Dates: Nine-month program (October-June). Sessions are held one morning per month. Request a current year's schedule for actual SBM program dates.
Time:  9am - noon
Place: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry in Downtown Salem

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Who would I work with?

SBM Program Director and Professional Coach: Lori Cegon has over 25 years of experience working with businesses in the Willamette Valley. She is also a small business owner just like you with a background in human resources, business management, and leadership development.

Plus, SBM has a whole team of business coaches with a variety of business ownership experience and specialized expertise to support the challenges you face every day. Areas of expertise include: financial analysis, budgeting, QuickBooks, human resources, time management, real estate, restaurant, construction, legal, strategic planning, business planning, marketing, social media, access to capital, and more.

What is my financial investment?

$750 for a business owner, ($3,690 value)
$150 for an additional key person from your business

Payment options: One-time payment of $750 or two installments of $375 due before your first class in October. SBM payment(s) can be made by phone 503.399.5088 (credit card) or mail (check).

Your next step

Connect with Lori to find out if SBM is good fit for you and your business (E-mail Lori or call 503.316.3237) or take action today by completing an SBM Application. Send to with the application attached.