Portland Fashion Institute is a nationally accredited private nonprofit career institute of higher learning and Oregon’s only accredited fashion design college.
Learn the basics of setting up an apparel business: How to protect a name, set up infrastructure, deal with the city, state and taxes, do business with other apparel businesses, get into textile and trade shows, find out about EIN, RN other acronyms, rules and regulations. Class comes with lots of useful handouts.
Step 1 of PFI’s 11-part Apparel Entrepreneur Series
About the instructor: Karen Spencer. As a trainer and counselor, Spencer consults and works hands-on with start-ups, non-profits and established businesses on business strategy, business development, marketing and legal strategy. She formed and led Nike Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing function. She has worked in and been partner for several silicon valley companies and law firms. She now works as a business strategist and for MercyCorps NW.
Sharon Blair’s apparel life began more than 30 years ago as a custom clothing business called StudioSKB. Two decades ago, she started an apparel program at PCC, then taught apparel design full time at Art Institute before founding Portland Sewing in 2010. Portland Sewing became PFI with its Oregon career school license and accreditation from ACCET. PFI has its headquarters in NE Portland. It has seen more than 7,000 students attend its classes.