Why bring your business to the southern Oregon Coast?
Your business could be a part of paradise on the southern Oregon Coast. While the weather may be wet parts of the year our business environment gets hotter every year. What is generating this heat? There are a number of resources in Coos Bay available to south coast businesses large and small including:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides practical information and services that strengthen and support an entrepreneurial culture. Their specialty assistance to startups and well-established businesses includes access to capital, marketing, planning and management of a business. They offer over a hundred training courses focused on business needs.
SBDC is heading the REEF (Rural Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Framework) project in the Newmark Building (2110 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay). This project helps centralize business resources with the intent of creating a centralized ‘one-stop’ resource for business that will include a childcare care center incubator, Commercial Kitchen space, business incubator, coworking spaces, and much more.
SBDC is part of the Oregon SBDC Network which provides 19 centers in Oregon and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oregon Business Development Department, and other private and public partners, with Southwestern Oregon Community College serving as the Network’s lead host institution. For more information on the SBDC see https://bizcenter.org or https://www.socc.edu/sbdc or contact John Bacon, Executive Director, 541-888-7001.
South Coast Development Council (SCDC), also located in the Newmark Building, is a major cooperator in the REEF project and occasionally sponsors some business training. In September, for instance, SCDC offered a course on Non-Profit Board Recruitment and Engagement. On October 5, SCDC is offering a short course on Business Succession Planning in room 207. This course will help businesses plant their exit strategies and timeline for retiring business owners. This is free through a grant from NWCDC please contact Sam at 541-888-7003 to get your time slot.
Services offered by the SCDC promote and support businesses that provide quality jobs. This might including locating grants and funding options, locating appropriate building sites and structures, marketing and coordination (e.g, negotiating agreements, purchase and leases, business and succession planning, training, filling vacancies, etc.), and more. SCDC also sponsors several discussion groups where businesses can discuss sensitive issues and get ideas on how to resolve them in a completely confidential environment. The SCDC is creating a network that supports local businesses and cultures a successful and vibrant business environment.
The South Coast Development Council is made up of local businesses, governments, and private individuals who help find resources, solve problems, and support this free service. Services provided by SCDC are also privately supported by several local businesses and individuals interested in improving community livability. Major investors include Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, City of Coos Bay, Coos County, Jordan Cove LNG, Bay Area Hospital, City of Brookings, and Southwest Oregon Community College. For more information on the SCDC see https://www.scdcinc.org/ or contact Executive Director Sam Baugh at 541-888-7003.
Additional help is available through the CCD Business Development Corporation (https://ccdbusiness.org/) which is a private nonprofit Oregon corporation and serves as the federally recognized Economic Development District for Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties. The CCD prepares communities for economic growth by encouraging economic diversification and capacity building and ensuring availability of adequate infrastructure.
The more you look, the more resources you will find to help make your dream of a successful business on the southern Oregon coast a reality.
Ever been on the Whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trail? The trail is exciting and is attracting mountain bikers young and old. This project attracts visitors from more than just the south coast area, but from across the nation.
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is a South Coast Development Council (SCDC) member that exemplifies what the SCDC is all about. The members of SCDC are dedicated to helping create responsible growth along the South Coast. Much of what is accomplished is done by individual members working in conjunction with those who bring them good ideas on how to attract more visitors, how to grow and support the existing businesses on the South Coast and how we can bring new businesses and jobs to the area.
This is exactly what Wild Rivers Coast Alliance did! A great idea was brought to them and they worked in conjunction with and helped support those that made the trail happen. To take a quote from The World Newspaper "This project just proves how much we can do when we work together," said Board of Commissioners Chairman Melissa Cribbins. "This partnership combined the efforts of Coos County, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Jon-Paul Bowles, Chris Barnhart of Sentieros Consulting, Eddie Kessler of Ptarmigan Trails, Travel Oregon and its regional steering committees, and the efforts of the Wild River Coast Mountain Biking Club."
The result is that we are richer here on the South Coast. We have 10 miles of fantastic single-track mountain bike trails with 10 more miles soon to come.
Thank you Wild Rivers Coast Alliance for being a part of the growth and development of the South Coast and for the extraordinary example of what the SCDC is all about.
Want to know more? Checkout these three articles from The World Newspaper on the Whiskey Run Trail:
November 2017: https://theworldlink.com/bandon/news/whiskey-run-mountain-biking-trails-to-open/article_eba87fe0-45f0-594a-83a7-1cbce8593fa1.html
June 2018: https://theworldlink.com/news/local/whiskey-run-mountain-bike-trails-celebrates-its-new-routes-with/article_5a1b6ea4-69dc-5088-82dd-dc103d0afe58.html
August 2018: https://theworldlink.com/bandon/news/coos-county-awarded-in-funding-for-whiskey-run-mountain-biking/article_d9afcb6c-f875-5e27-907b-089090d28dd8.html
and also this great youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya0NAa2HiLs
GO have a fun ride!
I always love receiving these kinds of letters from companies that SCDC has helped. This letter came to me from Dick Leshley, although retired, most people know him from Yellow Cab.
Yellow Cab is an essential company in Coos County. It helps many of us to and from our daily lives.
This is what Dick had to say:
To set the stage I purchased Yellow Cab Taxi in 1986 and the business was located at 2756 Woodland Drive, Coos Bay, Or. We need to skip ahead now to November 2017. I had finalized the sale of my business effective December 31, 2017. The plan was for me to turn the operation to the buyer December 1, 2017, so that he could train his team and effectively take ownership on January 1, 2018. The business was still located at the business complex at 2700 Woodland Dr, Coos Bay, Or. During our occupation, we had significantly upgraded, at our cost, the leased property to meet our growing needs.
On or about November 1, 2017, we received a note from a new owner that our lease due to expire December 31, 2017, would not be renewed. We were not allowed any negotiation. My 30-day year-end vacation was to be postponed. Our issue was that we had to relocate a business that had 11 employees, provided services to 45 professional drivers and needed space to park and maintain 25 vehicles. The good news was that we had at least 60 days to move!
As luck would have it I attended an SCDC Board meeting that first week. I was not a board member or even a member; just an interested community business. At the end of each meeting members and guests are invited to share what is happening with their business. I shared our situation not expecting anything. I was surprised because this group mobilized then to find us a new location. From that date, I was in nearly daily contact with Shaun or Sam giving me needed information on possible sites. Other members stepped up with more information. The happy ending was that we were able to relocate to a larger building at a competitive lease within 45 days.
SCDC is a community asset that quietly (too quietly) works behind the scenes to help our businesses survive, grow and thrive.
Thank you SCDC;