Navigating the myriad rules regarding human resources, payroll, family leave, disciplinary actions and more can be overwhelming for many small businesses. Layered atop this year’s exceptionally tight labor market, the situation is even more challenging.

Fortunately, the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing help. The SBDC is bringing a team from the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic to the beach for a session titled “The Legal Side of HR.” Participants will be able to ask any questions they might have, and learn more about the hot topics that are impacting small employers in Oregon in 2021.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the OCCC North County Center in Lincoln City, located at 3788 SE High School Drive. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at, or call 541-994-4166.

“From savings plans to leave requirements, Oregon employers have been handed a number of new requirements in recent years,” SBDC advisor Wendy Ludwig said. “These come on top of the ongoing minimum wage increases and traditional challenges, such as how to deal with employees with performance or attendance issues. Given all they’ve been through with COVID regulations, supply chain challenges, and the change in seasons here in the coast, we thought the time was right to provide some direct support to our local businesses to at least help them sleep better and feel more confident about their HR decisions.”

The Lewis & Clark Law School SBLC presentation will dive into employment law and the issues that may arise when hiring or contemplating the hiring of employees. After the workshop, participants who wish to may arrange to meet with a SBLC law student for a one-on-one consultation for just $25.

Learn more and register for this free Oct. 13 workshop at, or call 541-994-4166.

Other SBDC workshops on tap

Among the other workshops coming to Lincoln County this fall courtesy of the SBDC are a financial management series of three-session workshops led by Ludwig. These kick off on Oct. 20 with “Financial Fundamentals,” which will cover such topics as understanding your revenue and expenses, creating a financial dashboard, avoiding cash flow crises, the pros and cons of different types of funding, how to be ready to obtain bank financing, and paying yourself and reinvesting in the business. “Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online” begins Nov. 10, followed by “Income Tax Basics,” which begins Dec. 1. Each of these courses runs three consecutive Wednesday evenings at OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport.

Other SBDC courses coming for the fall include “Social Media Marketing,” a course that will dive into how you can put tools like TikTok and LinkedIn to work for your businesses, and “Build Your Own YouTube Channel,” as well as a course focused on the free mobile-device-based bookkeeping solution, WaveApps.

Find all these courses, and handy links to online registration at Just click on “Classes.”

As always, the core service of the SBDC — confidential, one-on-one business advising — is available free of charge to anyone who requests it. To learn more, find the advising link at or call the office at 541-994-4166.

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