Economic Development Services Available to Support New & Existing Businesses

Site Location
Business Financing Programs
Workforce Development
Labor Market and Related Information
Small Business Services

If you can add to the Douglas County employment base, The Partnership is here to assist you, in whatever way we can. We can help you locate a site for development, assist with workforce issues, provide information on funding and incentives, or research regulatory issues. Whatever you business challenge, we will be happy to work with you to resolve it.
 
Site Location
We will assist you in identifying the location that fits your business’ profile, accounting for available incentives; local zoning, permitting, and licensing requirements; available utility and communications infrastructures; site and building characteristics; work-force labor sheds; transporation needs; or any other variable that is crucial to your business success.
Click here to contact The Partnership for more information.
Click here for information on Douglas County industrial sites and buildings.
 
Business Financing Programs
There are a wealth of options for harnessing the capital you need to expand your business or tackle new business opportunities. Below are some resources and organizations that might be of particular use to companies in Douglas County. In addition, by working with your local SBDC at Umpqua Community College, you could gain access to the state SBDC network’s Capital Access Team, a group of experts familiar with the wide range of private, public, and blended funds and lenders active in Oregon.
Several institutions in Oregon specialize in “micro-lending” for small businesses:

If you are considering raising equity capital, a great place to start your research is the Oregon Entrepreneur Network — and the series of angel investment conferences that exist in Oregon.


 
Workforce Development
Several local agencies are ready to assist with your company’s needs for recruitment, training, and evaluating managers and employees.
Oregon Employment Department Recruitment Services
Umpqua Training and Employment Recruitment, Screening, and Training
   
Labor Market and Related Information
The Oregon Employment Department is the main source of information about economic indicators, labor force, the local economy, taxation, and community growth.
Small Business Services
Our focus is supporting businesses that provide family-wage employment and export their products or services beyond the region, no matter what their size. In addition, there are several other organizations in Douglas County that provide training and support services to early state companies.
 Small Business Development Center(SBDC) at Umpqua Community College
  •  Your first stop for learning about how to start, grow, or improve your “small” business.
  •  A new “business incubator” — opening in early 2012 — to host and serve Douglas County start-ups.
  •  A Community Development Corporation providing microenterprise assistance and sponsor of Think Local Umpqua, an independent business alliance.