Knowledge Exchange (C.A.K.E.)
|Submission from Kathleen:
Consulting and Knowledge Exchange (C.A.K.E.) is
one part meet-up group, one part
information/brainstorming session and two parts
fun. The weekly lecture and workshop began
with a very basic goal: present appetizing and
digestible information to entrepreneurs about how
to launch and grow their small business. The
recipe is simple. Eliminate the outdated, generic
business advice that small business owners don’t
have time for and focus on actions that can
produce tangible results. Preferably in less
than an hour.
Each week C.A.K.E welcomes small business experts
to share their wealth of knowledge. The workshops
delve into a broad range of topics...C.A.K.E.
understands that entrepreneurs need dough for
their business so they’ve made their sessions
donation based. That makes C.A.K.E the most
affordable business workshop in town as standard
fees run from a few hundred dollars up. Can’t make
it? Don’t stress. For those unable to attend the
series, the C.A.K.E. website offers free access to
lecture/workshop summaries, web casts and the
worksheets from the events at www.cakepdx.com.
The sessions are also available for free on
C.A.K.E. meets every Wednesday night from 6:00 PM
-8 PM at East Bank Saloon, 727 Southeast Grand
Avenue and is by donation. And yes, as the name
might imply, cake is served at each meeting party.
Owning a business can be incredibly challenging
but if done correctly, it can also be pretty
College Community Education
|Classes are offered at many
locations around Clackamas County, including
Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Oregon City and West
Linn. Classes include arts and
crafts, fitness, writing, dance, animal care,
financial planning, computers, cooking, language
and more. Please see web site to download
their latest offerings for credit and non-credit
|Community and City Offerings
|Check with your city or
community recreation department for educational
opportunities and class offerings. Here are
some to try:
of Hillsboro: classes in arts, fitness
Portland Parks & Recreation: Click
on the Recreation tab, then on 'Class Search' and
Hills Park and Recreation District:
Click on 'Class Programs'
|Book clubs, computer classes,
homework help, story readings, movie showings,
crafts, current event discussions, knitting
groups, language exchange, special events and
performances and much much much more. Take a
look at your local library!
your neighborhood library for classes
Vancouver Regional Library District:
Click on "Classes"
see calendar or use the 'Event Finder'
"Classes and Workshops"
||The web site has a section
just for classes and you'll find everything from
yoga and martial arts to piano and language.
Some classes are offered by businesses, others by
|From web site: "Free Geek
offers a range of educational opportunities
including hands-on experiences in our Build and
Adoption Programs as well as a wide variety of
desk-based learning in our classroom. All
classes are free to our volunteers and the
general public. Please sign up in advance by
visiting the volunteer desk at Free Geek or
calling us at 503-232-9350." Please
visit web site for latest class offerings and
schedule; here's a PDF
brochure for the August 2012 classes.
slogan says it all: "Connecting people from
all walks of life to freely share their knowledge
and skills." Take a class, or offer to start
up a class. Subjects range from gardening to
singing and from writing to mid-wifery.
Classes are held in various locations; see the web
site for latest calendar of classes. Also
check them out on Facebook.
Clinics & Hospitals
low-cost community health education classes and
programs are offered by the following medical
Health & Services
|The national chain offers
free, in-store clinics on a regular basis. Open to
everyone, the clinics simplify complex projects
with easy-to-follow instructions. Some of
the clinics include:
- Energy Efficiency in Your Home
- Tiling Floors and Walls
- Closet Organization
- Learn How to Hang Drywall
- and much more
Visit web site and to see what classes are
upcoming for your nearby Home Depot. The
chain also offers kid's workshops. Designed
for kids 5-12, these free workshops teach
do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while
instilling a sense of accomplishment. Offered on
the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m.
and noon at The Home Depot®
|Offers regularly scheduled
home-improvement clinics. The web site is a
bit clunky so your best bet is to just call your
local store to inquire about what clinics are
Hood Community College Community Education
activities include everything from art to
exercise, communication to computers, investing to
furniture building, world languages to drivers
education - all offered at convenient times and
locations throughout the community. See web
site for latest offerings.
|Offers free monthly
remodeling and design seminars at their eastside
and westside showrooms. Topics include
design and remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms and
basements; green remodeling; closest design; whole
house remodeling; and more.
|Offers free or low-cost classes and
workshops on a variety of classes on nutrition and
health. Call the Wellness Class Hotline at
(503) 280-5177 or visit the web site for a listing
of classes by store location.
College Community Education
hundreds of non-credit classes held all over the
Portland area. See web site for a listing of
classes. Some examples: ballroom dancing,
cooking, photography, language, computers and
more. Class tuition and fees vary depending
on materials and subject. Also check the
FREE Lunch and Learn Lecture series, occurring
Thursdays at the downtown central library.
See web site for the schedule.
through the classes offered by this organization
and highly recommend it. Start with a free
orientation to learn more about the classes and
services and then you determine your next
step. See web site for complete details.
||See web site for
location and contact information for your local
Worksource office. After you register
in-person, gain access for free use of computers
and resources and for employment-related classes