Resources Abound to Help Local Employers

Success in economic development is about forming partnerships to provide the resources employers need. In Malheur County, companies are often surprised to find out about the many resources available. From startups to established companies, your local partners can assist you on multiple fronts to grow, strengthen or expand your business. These resources are no-cost and confidential.

Seeking employees: If you are a business in search of new employees, stop by the local WorkSource Oregon office. Did you know WorkSource Oregon is willing to come to your business to learn firsthand about your company and labor needs? From there, you can give WorkSource Oregon a list of qualities and requirements you need new hires to have. Their talented staff will then list your job offer and provide pre-screening interviews and skill assessment tests. These will make sure that the applications you receive match your requirements, saving you time and resources.

Small business consulting: Are you seeking help writing a business plan or filing your businesses? The local Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling that will walk you through drafting a business plan or advising you on other basic business needs.

Business incentive programs: Malheur County and the state of Oregon have many business incentive programs that are available to businesses looking to start, grow or relocate in Oregon. Many of the programs are managed locally by the Malheur County Economic Development Office. Others are managed by our local Business Oregon Business Development Office.

Government regulation: The state of Oregon has a team in place consisting of representatives from the five major agencies called regional solutions. Their task is to help projects and businesses navigate through regulations that are holding up the process. They work hand in hand with local economic development partners and employers to find solutions that work for everyone and advocate on behalf of the region.

Oregon also has a small business advocate through the Oregon Secretary of State whose sole purpose is to help employers that have found themselves stuck in a regulation cycle. The advocate then works on your behalf with the agency in question with statutory authority to find where in the process the employer is at with an agency and what the holdup is. The advocate helps find a resolution and then proposes legislation during the next legislative session to make sure similar problems do not occur again.

Marketing: There is no substitute for your best marketing partners in economic development, including the Nyssa, Ontario and Vale chambers of commerce; Snake River Economic Development Alliance; and local media. As a member of a local chamber, you gain advocates and additional marketing avenues. Your local media will partner with you to target market customers and provide you with hard numbers and estimates.

These are just a few of the partners that work together to make sure employers have local resources available to them in whatever stage of business they find themselves. Malheur County Economic Development can serve as your point of contact for any of the above contacts. Contact us today, and we can help navigate you to whoever would be the best fit. The goal of your economic development team is to be there for you when you need assistance.