Tools for Export Promotion
Business Oregon has two new programs to support businesses seeking to establish themselves in international markets. The Oregon STEP and Oregon Trade Promotion programs both offer financial assistance to support participation in international trade shows and missions, and attendance at trainings on export promotion. Several potential international trade shows and missions are listed on the export.gov website.
Additional International Trade Resources
Regional Supplier Network: The Connectory
Twenty-five Douglas County-based businesses are now registered on the Northwest Connectory. This is a resource, co-sponsored by State of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, to help build connections in the regional supply chain.
November Event Highlights:
Over this past month, a number of public presentations on economic conditions around Douglas County identified promising developments. . .
At the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic forecast, Fred Dickson of D.A. Davidson pointed to 8 long-term economic drivers of economic growth, a number of which southern Oregon is well-positioned to take advantage of, including:
- Water and water resource development, treatment and transmission
- Food production and distribution
- Security needs–especially data security
- Lifestyle/leisure products and services
At the Lunch Bunch’s Snapshots for Success, Dave Larecy of Con-Vey, Hal Ball of Orenco Systems, Inc., and Mick Crowe, FCC Commercial Furniture, all reported significant recent hiring efforts–and were optimistic about the possibilities for more to come.
At the Oregon Trails meeting, a panel of experts in small business lending and equity investment shared a wealth of expertise. The bottom line: credit terms are changing and access to credit has definitely become more challenging, but solutions are out there for the persistent and well-prepared small business. See the Business Financing Programs section on our website for resources.
With the Holidays fast-approaching, we hope you will consider patronizing local merchants for your gift shopping. Even better, consider gifts that are produced locally!