2016 mid-year report from Kevin Leahy, CEDR/CCC SBDC Executive Director
Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Results
2015 Full Year and 2016 Year-to-date Results
Counseling Clients: 230 (FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL)
Counseling Hours: 1,799
Long Term Client: 86 (5+Hours of advising)
Training Events: 75
Training Attendees: 680
Total Jobs Created/Retained 71.0
Capital Formation: $2.8 M
Increased Sales: $987 K
Business Starts: 12
10-99 Employee Firms Counseled. 14
There were two site reviews conducted this Spring for the CCC SBDC.
On March 4th, OSBDCN (Oregon Small Business Development Center Network) Deputy State Director John Downing conducted an annual site review and the results of each component were either satisfactory or exemplary for our SBDC Center. This was a first for our center, and one we can all be very proud of.
On April 13th, Larry Trujillo, Director of Lender Relations & District International Trade Officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration conducted the annual SBA site review, with no conditions noted. (SBA along with Business Oregon are key funders for each of our SBDC centers statewide, and are why we can offer confidential and free advising to the business community.) Another very positive site review.
Our staff traveled to Tillamook last week for Professional Development Training along with our SBDC counterparts from Oregon Coast Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Umpqua Community College and Chemeketa Community College. It was great to have over 25 dedicated staff and SBDC advisors together for this regional training effort.
We wish to thank Penny Rodgers for her years of commitment to Clatsop Community College and for the past three years to our South County Center as the office manager and program assistant for CCC, CEDR & the CCC SBDC. She retired on June 30th. We welcome Tammy Lambert from the main campus as our new office manager and program assistant!
The 2016-17 CCC SBDC Small Business Management Program kicks off on Thursday, September 1st, and applications are currently being accepted. For an application form or more details, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-338-2402. Note space is limited so interested businesses should get applications in as soon as possible.
CEDR Highlights 2016 YTD:
-CEDR Awards Event March 16th, 2016 CEDR county-wide business awards event at the Loft at the Red Building with over 180 business and community leaders in attendance. Ten awards were given out to businesses from throughout Clatsop County.
-CEDR and the local Oregon Employment Department spearheaded the Clatsop County High School Career & Job Fair at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on April 5th with 68 employers participating, and over 700 students. Also raised over $7,400 from businesses and the school districts to feed the kid's lunch. Plans are to expand this for next year to include a career & job fair for the adult job seekers in the afternoon after the high schools have departed.
-CEDR and Col-Pac have been spearheading an Affordable/Available Housing Task Force for Clatsop County, with public and private partners. After several public meetings with elected officials and stakeholders from throughout the county, the focus will be project-based, with the participation of the Governors Regional Solutions Team, CEDR, and the entities the project falls under geographical boundaries.
AMCCO (Astoria Marine Construction Company)
Clatsop County and CEDR have been partners for years in trying to find a solution to the environmental issues facing AMCCO. Most recently, the CEDR board of directors sent a letter to Bob Williams, lead project coordinator for DEQ, to request a 5-10 year moratorium on the closure. Response is pending.
-CEDR spearheaded with all the public partners the CEDS (Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy) and Regional Solutions Priorities for Clatsop County to our State and Federal partners
-CFEDC (Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee). Kevin is Chairman. Updated
County Commissioners at the June 8 th commission meeting the importance of this sector in our
regional economy. $23.5M has been distributed from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to
Clatsop County from timber harvests this year, which directly funds schools, law enforcement,
roads, Clatsop Community College, and much more. This sector continues to be 30% of our economic base. 26th annual leader's tour will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, with the theme "Forest Protection & Enhancement". SAVE THE DATE!
-Fishing/Marine/Maritime. CEDR is working with OSU Extension and key employers in this
sector to form a committee similar to the CFEDC committee to showcase the importance of the
seafood and seafood processing industry to our regional economy. OSU has recently hired a newly created fisheries position in Clatsop County, and CEDR will work with that individual to move forward on the planning.
-Historic Preservation. CEDR is a founding member of the CPP (Columbia Pacific Preservation)
committee, and works with the CCC Historic Preservation program on grants, marketing of the
program, and recruitment efforts. Financial scholarships are needed to help our students offset
the cost in this signature college program, and CEDR is spearheading these fund-raising
Kevin is serving on the newly formed Northwest Regional STEM partnership, a cross-section
group of individuals with interests in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington
counties. The purpose of the group is to determine regional priorities and action planning for
STEM and CTE education that will grow economic development in our region. Kevin is also
asking the committee to focus on the "A" in "S.T.E.A.M.", for the arts.
-Kevin continues as the Clatsop County "Enterprise Zone" manager.
-CEDR organizes and leads monthly meeting with County Manager Cam Moore, all City
Managers, Sunset Parks & Recreation Director, Sunset Empire Transportation District Director,
-Kevin was honored to be installed as the President of the Seaside Rotary Club on June 19th for
2016-17, and also continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Astoria Regatta
Association as Past President for the 2016 Festival, which will be held on August 10-14th.