The Office of Economic & Business Equity for Gov. John Kitzhaber will conduct a “roadshow” with 10 state agencies and private sector partners in Astoria Aug. 1 at Clatsop Community College’s main campus in Columbia Hall Room 219.

Hosting the session will be the Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) and CCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), both run by Kevin Leahy out of CCC’s South County campus.

The day’s itinerary includes:

• A continential breakfast at 8 a.m. hosted by CEDR?and the SBDC;

• Partner organization presentations at 8:30 a.m.;

• A reverse vendor fair at 10:30 a.m. including a chance to connect one-on-one; and

• A networking lunch at 11:45 a.m. during which attendees can enjoy a meal while meeting new people and gaining valuable connections.

There is a $5 registraion fee. To register, call the CEDR office at 503-338-2402; visit CEDR’s website at www. and go to the Aug. 1 events tab; or visit

The roadshow is traveling to cities throughout the state providing opportunities for local small businesses to meet directly with procurement professionals from state, federal, private and nonprofit organizations. They will share tips, tools, resources and strategies to aid in your business’s growth, as well as how to better navigate their contracting process and effectively connect and nurture ongoing relationships.

Partnering organizations include:

• The Governor’s Office of Economic and Business Equity;

• Business Oregon, which promotes sustainable, living-wage businesses through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs;

• The Oregon Department of Transportation, which provides contracting opportunities agency-wide and programs to help smaller firms grow and compete for larger ODOT?contracts;

• The Department of Administrative Services, which maintains the state’s Oregon Procurement Information Network contracting opportunities;

• The Government Contract Assistance Program, which is part of a national network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helping small businesses compete in the government marketplace;

• Mercy Corps Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing self-sufficiency;

• The Department of Revenue, whose Payroll Tax Division assists businesses in understanding tax reporting responsibilities;

• The Oregon Small Business Advisory Council, whose mission is to “improve the development, growth and vitality of Oregon’s small businesses”;

• The Oregon Employment Department, which will give an overview of the area’s economic and labor market trends; and

• The Bonneville Power Administration.

Because a continental breakfast and lunch is included, prompt RSVPs will ensure adequate meals for the group.


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