Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

Our Impact

2015 ImpactReport Edit


Message from the State Director
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To all who appreciate Oregon’s small businesses:

Since 1983, the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network has helped our state’s entrepreneurs prosper.

During these decades, our conveniently-located 19 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have provided more than 156,000 current and prospective business owners with professional, one-on-one advising services.

Additionally, more than 575,000 individuals have attended business management workshops and classes throughout the state. Oregon’s small businesses have blazed the trail toward economic vitality, and the SBDCs’ client companies have led the way. In every corner of our state, businesses we’ve assisted with marketing strategies, access to capital, exporting, government contracting, human resources management and other critical issues have catalyzed their local economies.

Oregon’s SBDCs continue to support small businesses in every sector—at every stage of their life cycle. In fact, many of the businesses we helped start years ago have returned to their local SBDCs for succession planning guidance. Currently, many clients seek our services to help them utilize social media and broadband technologies to help them improve their business practices. Our efforts and impacts would not have been possible without the stalwart support of:

  • Our hosts—all 17 Oregon community colleges, Eastern Oregon University and Southern Oregon University
  • The US Small Business Administration
  • The State of Oregon—via Business Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Public Utility Commission

Please visit our website at for
up-to-date information on our services, resources, and successes.


Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory, State Director



Quick facts about OSBDCN

  • The OSBDC Network was established in 1983 by the US Small Business Administration and the Oregon Legislature.
  • Oregon's 19 SBDCs are among more than 1,000 Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States and its territories.
  • Our core functions include advising, training and providing information referral services for new and existing small businesses.
  • All of our business advisors are experienced entrepreneurs with real-world wisdom.
  • We provided advising and training services to more than 8,800 business clients in 2015.


We're helping build Oregon's best businesses

The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN) provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout our state. Our professional staff at 19 conveniently-located Centers assist entrepreneurs in every aspect of business development and management. When Oregon business owners need advice, they can rely on no-cost, confidential guidance at their local Small Business Development Center. 

Oregon’s SBDCs deliver our services to anyone who owns or operates a business or is planning to start a business. We work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies, from one employee to 500. In addition to our advising services, we offer training and online courses that cover a wide range of business topics.

Our services and programs provide clients with fundamental business skills such as financial analysis, marketing and human resource management. In addition,our highly-acclaimed Small Business Management program provides established business owners with customized peer-to-peer training that fits their needs and goals. The Network also offers a number of specialized advising services that include assistance with capital access, technology improvements, small business services for veterans, and contractor training through the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

Our new online courses can help businesses to better utilize technology, including social media marketing, Google tools, website development, blogs and search engine optimization. Oregon’s SBDCs help build healthy, plentiful, more successful businesses to keep Oregon’s economy going and growing. These efforts result in more jobs, more sales for Oregon businesses, and more tax revenue for Oregon.

2015 Economic Impact



Message from the President of Lane Community College

The backbone of Oregon's economy is small business.

Many businesses make good use of their local SBDCs, and still others help community colleges design programs that prepare a skilled and educated workforce. The small business-community college partnership keeps the heart of Oregon beating. Working togeather, we create jobs, growth and a promising future.

The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network is at the center of the action. We are proud to host the Network at Lane Community College.


-Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College


Message from the SBA's Regional Administrator

Oregon's Small Business Development Center Network is a true cahpion of small business. They provide the tools, the information and the support that small businesses need to become successful.

OSBDCN has created an environment in which the spirit of entrepreneurship can thrive. I consider them a valued and vital partner to SBA efforts to help small businesses in the Portland District to start, grow and succeed.


- Calvin W. Goings, Regional Administrator, Region 10: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, US Small Business Administration (SBA)


According to independent surveys:


90of our clients say that they would recommend our services to other businesses.

88of clients said that SBDC programs were "very helpful" or "somewhat helpful." 88blueof clients were "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with SBDC services, with 70% being "very satisfied."