Local Support and Assistance
Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County - Provides resources for new and existing businesses, including information on the Lower Umpqua Enterprise Zone, which offers abatement from property taxes in the Reedsport area.
SWOCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Provides practical information and services for business success. Offering training, advice, and technical support. Local classes and workshops available at SWOCC in North Bend, but advisors will also travel to Reedsport to work with business owners in person.
CCD Business Development Corporation - Provides technical assistance, project development, grant/project application writing and grant/project administration for business in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties.
South Coast Development Council - A non-profit organization that exists for the purpose of fostering communication, collaboration and partnership among the various collateral public and private entities on Oregon’s South Coast; and promoting economic development, job creation, business retention and expansion, encouraging new investment, and enhancing the economic vitality of the region.
Neighborworks Umpqua - Education, training, networking, marketing, and assistance to start or expand a small or independent business in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties.
Roseburg Angel Investor Network (RAIN) - A group of private investors that help early-stage companies in Douglas County. Offers startup funding and advice.
Hatch Oregon - An economic network that connects Oregon businesses with Oregon investors. Offers startup funding and advice.
Community LendingWorks - Provides access to capital for start-up and microenterprise businesses. Focuses on micro-loans ranging from $300-$50,000. In addition, they offer technical assistance to prepare business plans, including marketing, financial projections, and general business support. CLW offers responsible, flexible lending to businesses in Douglas County.
Business Oregon - Oregon's Official State Economic Development Agency, helping connect Oregon businesses to the resources they need to grow and improve.
Help with Social Media
RMSP Guide to Social Media (PDF) - An introduction to different social platforms and how to use them.
The Best and Worst Times to Post to Social Media - by SocialTimes
Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide - by SocialMedia Examiner
Engaging Your Audience by Publishing to Your Page (PDF) - by Facebook
Six Posts that Build Engagement on Facebook - by Mashable
How to Make Facebook Work for You (PDF) - by Facebook
A Guide to Visual Storytelling (PDF) - by ResourceMedia
Opening a business in Reedsport - Advice from the Reedsport/ Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce
Reedsport Business License Application - Ready to start something?
Grants and Other Funding
RMSP Business Improvement Grant - Our own grant, available to Reedsport businesses along Hwys 101 and 38. Up to $2,500 in matching funds.
EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant - $10,000 for women-owned small businesses. Applications open in April.
Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants - Awards up to $20,000. Funds may be used for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems.
FedX Small Business Grant - Awards up to $25,000 every year to ten small businesses. Applications open in May.
Mission Main Street Grant - JP Morgan Chase awards twenty small businesses individual grants of $150,000 to help grow their business. Applications open in May.
IdeaCafe's Small Business Grant - $1,000 for a small business with the most innovative idea. Free registration is required. Applications open in October 2016.
Business USA - A search engine for business grants and loan assistance. Enter Reedsport's ZIP code, check the box marked "rural community," and fill in other details specific to your business.
Business Oregon's Emergency Fund -After four previous rounds of funding for the Emergency Small Business Assistance Fund program, the Oregon legislature and Governor Kate Brown approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund.
Business Oregon will update this page Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. PST with additional program information and eligibility requirements, as well as an application form. Updated information will be provided should the timeline change. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a geographic overlay to ensure statewide distribution of proceeds.
General Business Preparation (PDF) - by the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience