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A new webpage complements the guide, providing links to online business resources.

COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TIGARD - Tigard's Economic Development Department has published a new guide for Tigard businesspeople and entrepreneurs.Entrepreneurs and businesspeople looking to launch a startup in Tigard have a new resource, as the city's economic development staff announced last week that Tigard is publishing a guide and webpage with information on the subject.

The publication, "10 Steps to Starting a Small Business Guide," is available in English and Spanish. It is complemented by the new webpage, which lists steps and includes links to local, state and federal resources.

Among other programs, Tigard has two urban renewal areas intended to support redevelopment and facilitate improvements for local businesses, as well as an enterprise zone shared with neighboring Lake Oswego that offers a full tax abatement for three to five years on new capital investments for certain companies located within its boundaries.

The webpage also includes a section specifically geared toward women- and minority-owned businesses. According to the Wednesday, Nov. 1, press release announcing the guide and webpage, the city hopes to "help spur entrepreneurism in underrepresented segments of the business community."

"Tigard's economic diversity can be seen in the types of companies that move here and expand existing operations," said Dylan Dekay-Bemis, Tigard's economic development coordinator, as quoted in the press release. "We want to make it easier for firms to access the tools they need throughout their life cycle; this guide clearly and concisely outlines the steps to start a business in Tigard, and keep it thriving."

According to the city, more than 3,000 businesses already call Tigard home.

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