In Clackamas County, business assistance is a team effort.
Provided below is a listing of business assistance programs and providers that serve the Clackamas County business community.
- Office of Economic Development
Actively works to attract new businesses as well as support existing business growth. Our purpose is to provide assistance to corporations, cottage industry, small businesses and manufacturers with industry growth and vitality.
503-742-4328 or 503-742-4327
- Land Use Planning and Zoning
Provides information and consults with the public on planning and zoning related matters. Staff also processes land use applications and implement state and regional land use goals, policies and plans.
- Building Permits and Services
Provides permits, inspections and other services for businesses seeking to build, expand, or remodel structures.
- Development Agency
Assists area development by providing needed public improvements designed to ensure orderly and attractive development in the area. The agency administers three urban renewal districts: Clackamas Town Center area, Clackamas Industrial Area and Government Camp Village.
- Tourism Development Council
Oversees the Clackamas County Tourism Program, which is funded by the transient room tax and is focused on developing an effective comprehensive tourism program.
- Water Environmental Services (Utilities)
Service District No. 1 provides wastewater collection and treatment to the North Clackamas area and the Tri-City Service District provides such services to the Oregon City/Gladstone/West Linn areas. Surface water management programs are in place in the North Clackamas and lower Tualatin river areas.
Business & Workforce Development, Education & Training
- Clackamas Workforce Partnership (CWP)
Serves as an advocate for businesses in workforce development within Clackamas County. With a majority of the board from private industry, they represent an effective partnership between businesses and workforce service agencies. It oversees a responsive one-stop workforce system giving the businesses and workforce easy access to training and support services.
- Oregon Employment Department (OED)
Offers business recruitment, screening and referrals from a statewide applicant bank and statewide local labor force information.
- Clackamas Community College (CCC)
Offers professional/technical certificates and degrees, college transfer degrees, literacy/basic skills programs, continuing education and business training.
- Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)
Offers bachelor degree programs in computers, healthcare, electronics, and manufacturing engineering technology and industrial management. OIT also offers continuing education, professional development programs, workshops and short courses, and small business project assistance through senior research classes.
- Sabin-Schellenberg Center
Offers high school students’ professional and technical training in a variety of program areas. More than 250 businesses work with the center which provides advice on curriculum and providing work-based learning opportunities for students.
503-353-5940 or 503-353-5903
- Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC)
Provides services designed to increase the revenue and efficiency of companies engaged in defense industry work.
- Clackamas County Business Alliance (CCBA)
A proactive organization working to influence decisions on policies and regulations that impact the economic viability of Clackamas County.
Regional, State and Federal Resources
- State of Oregon - Corporation Division, Oregon Secretary of State, Business Information Center
Provides general information on starting a business in Oregon, including information on business registration and licensing requirements.
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Business Development Center (BizCenter) at Clackamas Community College serves new and established businesses throughout the Clackamas County area, providing: practical, affordable training, confidential business counseling, information and referral services and access to small business resources.
- Government Contract Acquisition Program (GCAP)
GCAP is a statewide, federally funded procurement technical assistance center focused on helping Oregon small business secure government contracts. They also offer a daily bid matching service: Commerce Business Daily.
- Business Oregon
Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency. The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.
- Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA)
Focused on the marketing, business development, planning and coordination of economic development efforts of the State of Oregon.