CEDR is the acronym for “Clatsop Economic Development Resources”, Clatsop County’s Economic Development Organization. It is the only organization in Clatsop County whose sole focus is to create, grow and retain businesses. We have launched our 2016 membership campaign, and are reaching out to new and existing members to join and renew membership in our CEDR organization.

CEDR serves the need for a dedicated economic development services organization, and provides a central point of contact for coordinated efforts across communities, countywide. CEDR has the endorsement of chambers and city governments across Clatsop County, as well as the endorsement of the county government itself. CEDR provides more resources and service to local businesses than any one community in Clatsop County could provide alone.

Two years ago, we launched a private sector membership drive. We are pleased to announce CEDR currently has 63 private sector members, both businesses and individuals. The investment in the CEDR organization has allowed us to expand services we can provide to the business community, many at no cost.

Recap of CEDR/CCC SBDC recent accomplishments. (Validated Results through the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center — two-year recap through Nov. 1.)

• CEDR met with 283 clients in FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advising sessions, totaling 2410 hours.

• CEDR contributed to the creation of 27 new jobs.

• CEDR contributed to the retention of 70 existing jobs.

• CEDR contributed to 14 new business starts.

• CEDR assisted in securing over $2,905,357 in financing for local businesses, more than the prior four years combined.

• The CEDR/Clatsop Community College SBDC Small Business Management Program has 26 business owners and managers enrolled in this flagship program, which has been part of Clatsop Community College since 1979.

• CEDR presented 93 educational workshops serving more than 674 people.

The Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, under the CEDR umbrella, is part of the statewide OSBDCN (Oregon Small Business Development Center Network), one of nineteen Centers in the state of Oregon that are affiliated with every community college in the state, as well as two universities. We are also a member of the national organization, “America’s SBDC”

We were honored to be selected as the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2015 District 10 “Excellence and Innovation Award” for the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We were so excited to bring this award home to our region!

The core mission of the SBDC is free and confidential one-on-one business advising, training and information resources for new and existing businesses. (We continue to search out more funding for CEDR as our advising is at no charge and we are growing at a rapid pace, and don’t want to turn away any advising request from our business community because of budget constraints)

CEDR is affiliated with Clatsop Community College, and spearheads the CEDR/SBDC Advisory, Education and Workforce Training committee with the Oregon Employment Department, Clatsop Community College, Tongue Point Job Corps, Pac NW Works and business leaders on workforce training and development initiatives that will benefit our region, create more jobs, give us a competitive advantage, and not duplicate resources.

CEDR meets monthly on economic development issues with Clatsop County’s Manager, and all City Managers, is an advisory member of the Governors Regional Solutions Advisory Committee and Col-Pac Economic Development District, serves on the Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee (Kevin serves as the chairman for this year) and is a member of the Columbia Pacific Preservation/CCC Historic Preservation Program Committee.

CEDR is a member of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association Business Development Committee, Clatsop Community College and Astoria High School Business Advisory Committees, and is an active member of the Astoria-Warrenton and Seaside Chambers of Commerce, the Seaside Downtown Development Association, and others.

CEDR was the primary organizer, along with the local Oregon Employment Department office, of the Clatsop County 2015 High School Career and Job Fair which was held on April 15th with over 500 students participating from all five county high schools and 63 employers, with plans to expand this in 2016.

CEDR’s operating budget is funded by multiple sources, including our public sector funders Clatsop County, Clatsop Community College, the cities of Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton, Gearhart and Cannon Beach, Port of Astoria and Sunset Empire Transportation District, but additional funding from the private sector is required in order to carry out the work to the fullest extent possible, generating an even more powerful impact.

Membership is available for as little as $50 per year for individuals, and $100 per year for businesses. Six levels of membership are available, and benefits accrue with each upgrade in membership.

For more information, go to the CEDR’s website at clatsoped.com, send an email to sbdc@clatsopcc.edu or call me, CEDR Executive Director Kevin Leahy, at 503-338-2342.

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