expand your business in Florence, Oregon

Business Resources List

A wide variety of resources are available to local business owners to help you start your enterprise in Florence.

Business Planning



20 Questions to ask Before Starting a Business - 20 questions that will help you decide if you're ready to start your own business.



Create Your Own Business Plan - Templates, articles and resources to help create your business plan.



Healthcare Information - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted comprehensive health insurance reforms designed to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Learn what the law means to small businesses and self-employed business owners.


Willamette SCORE - As the Southwestern Oregon chapter of the national SCORE organization, the Willamette Chapter uses the business knowledge and experience of its approximately 39 members to assist the owners and managers of small businesses. Its members offer free, confidential business counseling templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs as they navigate their way to small business success.



Labor Relations - The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards is responsible for administering and enforcing most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. This site provides resources for information about federal employment standards, which all business owners must abide by.


Planning the Legal Structure of Your Business - An article that reviews the advantages and disadvantages of the legal structure that you might select for your business.



Size Up - SizeUp shows you how you measure up to the competition in your industry. If you are thinking about starting up a business, SizeUp will tell you whether your projections are reasonable considering your market.


Business Insurance - Information on the many types of insurance coverage available for small businesses, and help determining which type will meet the requirements of your business and location. 



Accounting and Cash Flow - Before you start your business, you will need to learn how to keep score (basic accounting), and how to maintain cash in your bank account (cash flow control). This session explains both in simple terms, and the advantages of hiring an accountant before you start.


MicroPatent - MicroPatent provides online patent and trademark information. 



Expertise Guide to Finding a Bankruptcy Attorney - An article that discusses the process of hiring a bankruptcy attorney. 



Business Management


Lane Small Business Development Center – Lane SBDC, located in Lane Community College Eugene campus, invests in, supports and advances Lane County’s economy by providing business development advising and training services. They provide legal consultation as well as access to local business tools and resources.


Small Business Management Program


Business Development Classes, Programs & Workshops


Contractors Certification Courses


Financial Management and Recordkeeping Classes, Programs & Workshops


Human Resources -SHRM Courses Classes, Programs & Workshops


Marketing and Sales Classes, Programs & Workshops


Leadership and Management Classes, Programs & Workshops


Lane Workforce Partnership We design and coordinate workforce development programs and services delivered through a network of local partners to help people get the skills, training and education they need to go to work or to advance in their careers.





Manufacturing Support



Connectory - The United States Connectory contains profiles of US industrial and technology companies across all industries at every level of the supply chain. The goal is to link United States businesses to each other and to provide information about the industrial and technology base of the economy. It also includes profiles of other critical assets in addition to companies including federal labs, university and private research centers.


APICS Southern Willamette Valley Chapter – APICS provides tools and training for operations management practitioners in the Southern Willamette Valley. They provide classes, seminars and workshops as well as certification testing in order to enhance financial stability.



Supply Chain Operations References (SCOR) Training - This training provides an in-depth understanding of the latest version of the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, widely recognized as the global model for supply chain efficiency. Participants learn the SCOR model's framework, how to interpret SCOR, and how to organize a typical SCOR project.


Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) testing


Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) testing


Organization for Economic Initiatives, Inc (OEI) - OEI administers the Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) to assist small businesses gain better access to government contracts.


Rural Economic Vitality Services - RDI’s Rural Economic Vitality (REV) area of service brings people in rural communities together to learn best practices, strengthen connections, focus on opportunities, and move to action collectively toward creating rural community and economic vitality within our region. RDI works on locally-owned business retention and expansion services in addition to providing some staff support, training and networking opportunities.



Interface Network Inc - Provides assistance to Spanish-speaking business owners throughout the Willamette Valley, and southern and central Oregon


National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) - By pooling the purchasing power of its members, the National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs.



Oregon Native American Business Network (ONABEN) - ONABEN provides Native Americans access to markets through its Business Directory, Web site and through tribal-sponsored Business Service Centers. It supports business reference libraries, computer and internet access in locations throughout Oregon and the Northwest.


Business Retention Services Program - The Business Retention Services Program provides consulting services to assist Oregon companies facing difficult times. The program offers companies consulting services that are delivered by some of the best and most experienced private sector consultants in the state. A consultant is matched with a company based on specific needs and industry requirements. The maximum benefits are $15,000 for consulting services and $30,000 for feasibility studies. In addition, to qualify for a feasibility study, the applicant must contribute 25% of the feasibility cost in cash.


Access to Capital


Oregon Entrepreneurs Network - OEN offers entrepreneurs programs and services that can help emerging businesses succeed. Whether you’re seeking guidance when it comes to legal affairs, accounting, business plan development, funding, marketing, or human resources, help is on the way.


Mercy Corps Northwest - Mercy Corps Northwest works to assist low-income and beginning entrepreneurs to start or grow their small business. Based in Portland, their services include loans, grants to purchase business assets, a business planning 101 course and weekly seminars on a range of topics.


Southern Willamette Angel Network -

This angel network is made up of accredited investors from within the Southern Willamette Valley. This network meets as a group to review emerging growth business plans. The investors decide whether or not to invest – either individually or co-investing with other members.



Willamette Angel Conference - The conference allows emerging companies to apply for an opportunity to have investors complete due diligence on their business model and then present that business model to the public during the conference.  During the due diligence process founders receive helpful feedback-driven pitch sessions that channel the expertise of the people in the room, provide connections, advice, and insight.



Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2 billion to small high-tech businesses.



Small Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) - The purpose of the Energy Loan Program (also known as SELP) is to promote energy conservation and renewable energy resource development. The program offers low-interest loans for projects that: (1) Save energy; (2) Produce energy from renewable resources such as water, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, waste materials or waste heat; (3) Use recycled materials to create products; and (4) Use alternative fuels.


LCOG’s Business Loan Program - LCOG's Business Loan Program was designed to package, administer, and service commercial lending activities in Lane County. The program provides assistance to Lane County businesses to borrow from one of many government loan resources. The primary programs are the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program (below) and LCOG’s Rural Business Development Fund. Loan eligibility information will be used by LCOG to determine potential eligibility for any of their government loan programs for small businesses.


SBA General Small Business Loan 7(a) Program - The SBA 7A loan is for most new or existing small businesses. Key features are its flexibility and secondary market. Loans are available up to $2,000,000 – bank sets rate up to prime + 2.75% with fees of 2.0% - 3.5% on SBA portion, $1,000-$2,500 packing fee and loan structured 74% - 85% guarantee.




SBA 504 Loan Program - Provides long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire fixed assets (such as real estate or equipment) for expansion or modernization. Designed for small businesses requiring “brick and mortar” financing, and is delivered by CDCs (Certified Development Companies) – private, nonprofit corporations set up to contribute to the economic development of their communities. 90% loan to value with a low fixed rate of interest in amounts from $100,000 to $2,000,000.


USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantees - This program bolsters the existing private credit structure through the guaranteeing of loans for rural businesses, allowing private lenders to extend more credit than they would typically be able to.



Business Oregon provides several programs. The State of Oregon recognizes that the creation and adoption of new products, services and business models is a fundamental driver of economic prosperity. The young companies, universities and institutions behind those new products expand markets and sales, stimulating investment and ultimately creating jobs.  The State has committed numerous resources towards growing entrepreneurs.



Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF)


Brownfields Redevelopment Fund


Oregon Business Development Fund (OBDF) Revolving Loans


Oregon Capital Access Program


Oregon Credit Enhancement Loan Fund  


Oregon Industrial Development Bonds


Oregon Express Bond Program


Oregon Investment Advantage


Oregon Research & Technology Development Accounts (ORTDA) -

The Oregon Research & Technology Development Account’s (ORTDA) charter is to provide earlystage funding, management assistance and business development support for new companies. Its current priority is to provide the early-stage capital to commercialize technology developed at Oregon’s public and private universities and research institutions. While ORTDA (and its predecessors) previously made direct venture investments, it has now been restructured to invest only in private venture capital partnerships. After a competitive review, NTV was selected to manage ORTDA assets.



Community Lendingworks - Community LendingWorks provides loans to artisans, microenterprise, agriculture and small businesses that need capital to start or grow. Our loan products are innovative and our underwriting is based on a holistic look at the individual and the business. Through alliances with financial institutions, economic development agencies and other community partners, we connect with individuals and businesses that need the responsive funding they need to succeed.



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