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Announcing Forest Grove programs for Forest Grove businesses

City offers wide array of training and grants


City of Forest Grove officials recently announced the renewal of several programs to support small businesses, including new startups.

The city is partnering with the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Community College Small Business development Center, Pacific University, Adelante Mujeres and the Forest Grove Economic Development Commission, said Jeff King, Forest Grove’s economic development manager. Programs include grant stipends for business training, no-cost business consultants and free informational guides:

n Small Business Management Training Program: The city, in partnership with the PCC Small Business Development Center, will provide two to three business education grants for the SBDC Small Business Management I Program. The next program begins in April 2014.

n Guide Information: A free updated CD or USB thumb drive that contains comprehensive guide to all elements of starting a business in Forest Grove and Oregon. The CDs and USB Drives are available at City Hall, Forest Grove Public Library and the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce or online as forestgrove-or.gov/city-hall/economic-development.html.

n Economic Gardening: This local program provides no-cost critical market information to existing second stage small businesses looking to grow. Services include sales leads generation, market research, website search optimization, strategic consulting and more. To be eligible companies need to be based in Forest Grove and show growth in two of the last three years.

n Grow Oregon: This program provides a suite of no-cost professional consulting services to help grow a small business to the next level. the program is targeted to traded-sector companies with sale over $1 million and 10 to 99 employees and growth in sales, profit or employees in three of the last five years.

n Business Counseling, Workshops and Classes: The PCC Small Business Development Center offers no-cost business advising at the Forest Grove-Cornelius Chamber of Commerce offices. It also offers workshops combined with counseling at PCC in Hillsboro.

n Adelante Empresas: Offered through Adelante Mujeres, this program supports small-business development for Latino entrepreneurs through direct and indirect services in order to create a vibrant local economy. Though training, networking experience, alternative capital and technical assistance, Adelante Empresas helps launch successful and sustainable small businesses.

n The Business Incentive Program: This program eliminates or reduces certain fees such as building permits and business license charges if a business occupies a currently vacant commercial or industrial space.

For more information about any of these programs or applications, contact Jeff King at 503-992-3293 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or forestgrove-or.gov/city-hall/economic-development.html.



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