Canby Small Business Boot CamP Weekend

November 3 & 4 at the Dahlia Building

Canby Civic Block LLC is proud to sponsor the Canby Small Business Boot Camp Weekend to activate and elevate small business entrepreneurship in Canby, Oregon, particularly in its downtown core.

A vibrant and thriving Canby Civic Block will have widespread economic and social community benefits. Though there’s been a significant increase in main street entrepreneurship over the last four years, small business lending has slowed significantly in Oregon, while brick and mortar storefronts face new challenges with the rise of e-commerce. This weekend is designed to help entrepreneurs access the capital they need to open their doors, while innovating in a complex retail environment.

The small business boot camp is a weekend of mentorship and action that will culminate in a pitch competition with prizes. Participants will receive mentorship from local experts in business strategy, finance, accounting, website development, marketing, law, insurance, and design. Meals will be provided.

Throughout the weekend you’ll have the chance to meet with the developer of the Canby Civic Block, economic development officials, potential investors, and business leaders from the Canby community.  

Saturday, November 3rd Workshops

10 AM - Innovation Bridge: The Bridge from Ideas to Making Money
Presenter: Rob Campbell, Director of the Clackamas SBDC
11 AM - Navigating the Permit Process and Finding Support from the City of Canby
Presenter: Todd Gary, Fire Marshall and the Economic Development Team
Noon - Lunch (provided) and Networking
1 PM - “We keep your Business Running”: Why Work with a Local Credit Union
Presenter: Katie Gillespie, Business Services Manager, Clackamas
Federal Credit Union
2 PM - How to Bootstrap your Business & Succeed in Canby
Presenter: Mallory Gwynn of Gwynn’s Coffee
3 PM - Protect your Business - Small Business Insurance and Law
Presenter: Christina Gutierrez, Farmers Insurance & Aaron Bell, Bell Law Firm

Sunday, November 4th Workshops

10 AM - Renting Your Retail Space
Presenter: Cori Jacobs, Leasing Consultant
11 AM - Unleash Social Media for Small Business
Presenter: Lauren Teague
Noon - Lunch (provided) and Networking
1 PM - Business Plan Coaching
Presenter: Nita Shaw, Executive Director of MESO
2 PM - Insider Tips on Securing Small Business Loans
Presenter: Suzanne VanAmburgh, VP at Columbia Community Bank
3 PM - Community Pitch Competition

Small Business Community Pitch Competition

3 - 4 PM on Sunday, November 4th at The Dahlia

Prizes: $1,000 and one month free rent in the Canby Civic Block

Eligibility: Any current or prospective small business owner who attended at least THREE workshops throughout the weekend and participates in the pitch fest.

Pitch guidelines: Slideshows/a "pitch deck” are welcome, but not required

  • 3-5 minutes

  • Who are you? (Tell us a story)

  • What business do you want to start or expand in Canby?

  • How will your business support a thriving downtown Canby?

  • What would $1,000 mean to your business?

The small business pitch competition is open to the public and will take place at 3 PM on Sunday, November 4th, at The Dahlia building. A panel of investors will vote on a “winning business” and prize money will be awarded at the end of the event.

Who should attend this weekend?

  • Prospective small business owners who are interested in setting up shop in downtown Canby

  • Makers or artisans (Etsy sellers or hobbyists) who are interested in a shared micro-retail space

  • Small business owners in Canby who want to relocate to the Canby Civic Block

  • Small business owners who are looking for local mentorship or to expand their network

  • Interested community members who want to expand their network and learn more about small business entrepreneurship

  • People with a passion for a bring a product, service or idea to market, but need help getting there

  • Anyone who want to be part of Canby’s next generation of small business owners, entrepreneurs, job creators, and community leaders

Two-days of small business training and networking, culminating in a pitch competition on Sunday afternoon

The ground floor of the Dahlia Building in downtown Canby

To take your business idea from concept to reality in Canby and meet with potential investors

Registration is now open

Canby Civic Block Community Visioning Forum

5-7 PM October 22 at the Dahlia Building

All community members are invited to this interactive design and listening session for the future of downtown Canby.

The redevelopment of the Canby Civic Block presents an opportunity for community members to provide feedback and insights into the retail future of Canby’s city core. Canby is a close-knit community that cares about having engaged and responsive local businesses. The Community Visioning Forum will give community members the chance to provide feedback on potential businesses while giving prospective small business owners a chance to learn from future customers.

Drop in or stay for the entire event. Refreshments will be served.

5-6 PM Community & Business Interactive Visioning Session

  • Activities throughout the ground floor retail space in The Dahlia

  • Information booths: Canby Civic Block LLC, Canby Chamber of Commerce Chamber, Canby’s Economic Development team

  • Spanish language speaker & interpreter available

6-7 PM Listening Session

  • Mary Hanlon, Canby Civic Block LLC, presents on retail leasing opportunities

  • Meredith Goddard, event organizer, introduces Canby’s Small Business Boot Camp

  • Kyle Lang, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, leads the community listening session


Thank you for turning out to the Visioning Forum. You can browse a few photos of the standing-room only Forum in the slideshow below.