Clatsop Economic Development Resources and the Small Business Development Center are located at the South County Campus of Clatsop Community College:

1455 North Roosevelt
Seaside, Oregon 97138

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Clatsop Economic Development Resources UPDATE

November 2018  
I am very pleased to share the January 2017 - October 2018 results with the business community of our region.

I am asked on an ongoing basis the difference between CEDR (Clatsop Economic Development Resources) and the CCC SBDC (Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center). The great news is both organizations serve to support the business community in Clatsop County. I am honored to wear both hats as the director in this county for the two organizations. We are the one-stop-shop for business. CEDR is the umbrella organization, with the CCC SBDC a key and critical component.

The CCC SBDC provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advising through the funding received from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Business Oregon (OBDD), as well as our host institution, Clatsop Community College.

We are part of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN), and are one of nineteen SBDC centers in the state of Oregon, with 17 affiliated with community colleges and two with universities.

CCC Small Business Development Center Results - January 2017 through October 31, 2018 

Clatsop Community College SBDC

  • Met with 316 clients in FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advising sessions, totaling 2,038 hours.
  • Contributed to the creation and retention of 60 jobs and 26 new business starts.
  • Assisted in securing $1,940,200.00 in financing for local businesses.
  • Had 28 business owners and managers enroll in our signature CCC SBDC Small Business Management Program where Jessica Newhall, CCC SBDC Lead Business Advisor leads our cohort this year.
  • Presented 75 educational workshops serving 723 people.
  • And your generous contribution to CEDR has allowed us the opportunity to expand the FREE and CONFIDENTIAL SBDC advising we offer to the business community

Jessica Newhall continues as the lead advisor for the CCC SBDC, and the CCC SBDC Small Business Management Program Manager. Bill Musemeche and Sally Lemond are part-time advisers. Herme Ochoa serves as the Latino advisor, Tammy Lambert continues as the office manager and the "glue" of the CEDR/CCC South County and CCC SBDC operation. We have such a great team, with all staff continuing to serve our clients and the business community with passion and skill!

Please check out the new statewide SBDC website at bizcenter.org to learn more about our Center, client testimonials, statewide programs offered, a staff directory, and upcoming workshops and registration links.

CEDR Highlights for 2018:

CEDR spearheaded the 4th annual Clatsop County 2018 Job and Career Fair in February. Almost 700 students participated from each of the five Clatsop County high schools as well as Ilwaco High School. 72 employers participated, and the afternoon included our Clatsop Community College students and adult job seekers from the general public.
The 2019, Job and Career Fair will be held on 3/6 in Astoria at Patriot Hall!

CEDR represents the Clatsop County Business Community in the Northwest Regional STEM Partnership through the regional Economic Service District which includes Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Western Washington Counties, and launched the Clatsop WORKS paid internship program this year. Anna Stamper is our Clatsop WORKS Coordinator, under CEDR. We had 17 students participate with 11 Clatsop County businesses this last summer. The results for our “year zero” were amazing, and we just launched the 2019 program in October.

CEDR meets monthly on economic development issues with Clatsop County & all City Managers. Kevin serves on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) addressing the housing issues in Clatsop County, and also serves on the Columbia River Fisheries Transition Committee, reimbursing Gillnet fisherman for lost earning caused by the dramatic reductions of Gillnet Fishing on the Columbia River.  

Kevin serves as the Enterprise Zone manager for Clatsop County and coordinated the addition of the City of Astoria to the existing Enterprise Zone which included Clatsop County, the City of Warrenton, and the Port of Astoria.

Kevin is a member of the Clatsop Community College Cabinet, and serves on the CCC Strategic Plan Committee, focusing on how CCC can serve the community best in the future.

CEDR is an advisory member of the NW Oregon Governors Regional Solutions Advisory Committee, and the Col-Pac Economic Development District.

CEDR serves on the Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee (Kevin serves as the vice-chair for this year) and is a member of the Fisheries Committee. These highlight the continued importance of the Natural Resource industries in Clatsop County, representing 50% of our regional economy.

Kevin is a member of the Oregon State University “Extension Citizen Advisory Network committee and was named incoming State Chair for 2019.

Kevin serves on the Travel Oregon “North Coast Tourism Studio” steering committee, focusing on sustainable tourism efforts, representing the Clatsop County Business Community.

CEDR is an active member of the Astoria-Warrenton, Cannon Beach, and Seaside Chambers of Commerce, the Seaside Downtown Development Association, member of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association Business Development Committee and organization, and the Astoria High School & CCC Business Advisory Committee.

Please let me know if there are any questions, concerns, or opportunities that you have to discuss with me. We have a great team working together here, and we thank everyone for their ongoing support of CEDR and the CCC SBDC!

Sincerely yours,

Kevin Leahy
Executive Director: CEDR/CCC SBDC
Email: kleahy@clatsopcc.edu
Direct: 503-338-2342

Visit our CEDR Website clatsoped.com or the SBDC website at bizcenter.org

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