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Published on April 14, 2017 1:42PM

Mike Shirley, owner of Ilwaco Landing Fishermen and Front Door Fish, watches as a load of Dungeness is offloaded from the F/V Southeast Sunday, April 2 in Ilwaco.

Mike Shirley, owner of Ilwaco Landing Fishermen and Front Door Fish, watches as a load of Dungeness is offloaded from the F/V Southeast Sunday, April 2 in Ilwaco.

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Our April issue, with its annual focus on the Clatsop Economic Development Resources awards, is always a popular and inspirational look at a few North Oregon Coast businesses at the forefront of their industries and communities.

After five years, you might wonder if CEDR could run out of good success stories to tell. But, in fact, the opposite may be true. Along with some well-established business leaders like LEKTRO, Coaster Construction and Gustafson Logging, the awards also focus attention on entrepreneurs who have gained more recent footholds on the ladder to success.

Clatsop County is exceptionally fortunate in being able to retain large employers. This is a sign of maintaining a business-friendly regulatory and tax climate, while at the same time taking steps to preserve and enhance everything we treasure about the coast.

Perhaps the single most important thing any economic development entity can do is work to support existing long-term businesses that have demonstrated the skills and commitment to prosper along side their neighbors. Though it still is a young organization, CEDR does this well.

It takes a complex set of skills and commitment to achieve long-standing stability and financial growth. On the other hand, starting new enterprises from scratch calls upon a different set of skills and attributes, not least of which are courage and stamina. The CEDR awards always do a great job identifying a few of the many newer businesses that spring up here. The organization’s business coaching and incubation services — in partnership with Clatsop Community College and the Small Business Administration — give CEDR an inside view of many of these hopeful new start-ups.

As Clatsop County’s seashore and riverside communities continue gaining momentum as entrepreneurial destinations, CEDR offers some of the best help available. We strongly encourage anyone starting a business, or sensing a need for advice for an existing one, to contact CEDR for its free and confidential help.

There’s plenty going in Pacific County, too, where the Pacific County Economic Development Council under the new leadership of Jim Sayce is exploring new avenues to strengthen existing businesses while also helping smooth the path for new ones.

One of the most noteworthy stories in this issue is the one about Front Door Fish, a new direct-to-consumer seafood enterprise that can be envisioned as meeting with acclaim … if all the complexities continue to be worked out. Take a look at our story in this edition.



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