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 now owns two buildings and has seen more than 6,000 students attend its classes.



Karen Spencer, business strategist/MercyCorps NW + Sharon Blair, director, Portland Fashion Institute
Saturday, January 16, 10 am-1 pm PST; 1-4 pm EST
Cost/Cost Options:
1 CR: $75 Series: $825
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Reviews for PFI's Saturday Business Seminars:
"This series was the best investment I could have made" -- Beth C
"I cannot begin to thank you enough for all the help, advice and encouragement you have given me." -- Bondi N