I am very pleased to share the 2016 results with the business community of our region.

I’m asked often asked what the difference is 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’m honored to wear both “hats” as the director in this county for the two organizations. We are the “one stop” for business. CEDR is the “umbrella” organization, with the CCC SBDC a key component.

The CCC SBDC provides free and confidential advising thanks to funding received from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Business Oregon (OBDD).

We are part of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN), and are one of 19 SBDC centers in the state of Oregon, of which 17 are affiliated with community colleges and two with universities.

• Free and confidential counseling clients: 145

• Counseling hours: 1,013

• Long-term clients: 56 (5-plus hours of advising)

• Training events: 45

• Training attendees: 320

• Total jobs created: 83

• Jobs retained: 88

• Capital formation: $532,114

• Business starts: 9

In 2016, David Reid took over as the lead advisor for the CCC SBDC, and has had a significant impact to our center this past year. Walt Postlewait, executive vice-president for Craft3, joined our team as the CCC SBDC Small Business Management Program manager in September. We are so excited that someone with Walt’s business experience and acumen has joined us to serve the small business community!

Bill Musemeche, Sally Lemond and Mark Redwine continue to serve as part-time SBDC advisors, funded in part by the generous contributions of the business community through CEDR membership. Jorge Gutierrez also continues to serve as a part-time SBDC advisor, serving Hispanic clients in Clatsop County. Tammy Lambert joined us in July. We are very thankful for Tammy’s upbeat and can-do personality, while also bringing her institutional knowledge of the college process and culture to South County CCC/CEDR.

• CEDR Awards Event in March: 2016 CEDR county-wide business awards event at the Loft at the Red Building in Astoria with over 180 business and community leaders in attendance. Ten awards were given out to businesses from throughout Clatsop County. CEDR co-founder and past-President Skip Hauke was given a special service award from Sen. Betsy Johnson for his years of service to CEDR, which continue to this day. 2017 event will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at the Seaside Convention Center. Save the date! Starts at 5:30 p.m.

• CEDR and the local WorkSource Oregon office spearheaded the Clatsop County High School Career & Job Fair at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on April 5, 2016, with 68 employers participating, and over 600 students.

This year, the Clatsop Job & Career Fair was moved to Feb. 22 to accommodate the hiring needs of the business community. Seven high schools participated this year, including Ilwaco and Naselle High School, with 715 students! The event was also extended to include a 2 to 4 p.m. adult job seeker portion, including our CCC students. Results were the best yet!

• CEDR and Col-Pac have been spearheading an Affordable/Available Housing Task Force for Clatsop County, with public and private partners. The focus now is project-based, with the participation of the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team, CEDR, and the geographical entities in which projects are envisioned.

• CFEDC (Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee): I serve as chairman of this committee. We updated the Clatsop County Commissioners at their June meeting about the importance of this sector in our regional economy. The 26th annual leader’s tour was held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, with one of the largest participations of citizens and leaders in its history.

• Clatsop Community College Strategic Plan: Under the leadership of CCC President Chris Breitmeyer, I have been assigned the role of “external chair” for Clatsop Community College’s strategic plan, working with the business community and leaders in the community to ascertain the current and future needs and programs needed for the economic and educational growth of our region.

• S.T.E.M Partnership: I serve as the business voice on the Northwest Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) partnership, a cross-section group of individuals and school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties. The purpose of the group is to determine regional priorities and action planning for STEM and CTE (Career Technical Education) education that will grow economic development in our region. We have held several very productive meetings, with results forthcoming in 2017-18.

• Fishing/Seafood Processing: CEDR is working with OSU Extension and key employers in this sector to form a committee like the CFEDC committee to showcase the importance of the seafood and seafood processing industry to our regional economy. We plan to have a “Leaders Tour” this spring.

• OSU ECAN (Extension Citizens Advisory Committee): I was honored to be selected to represent Clatsop County as a member of the OSU Extension Citizens Advisory Committee, and serve on the steering committee representing the entire Oregon Coast. I plan to be a vocal advocate for our rural region.

• CEDR Private Sector Membership Initiative: 68 private sector partners. This continues to grow. We appreciate the business community financial support here, which directly funds the free and confidential support provided by the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center and the many workshops, as well as the CCC SBDC Small Business Management program.

• CEDR is an active advisory member of the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Board, a member of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, Cannon Beach Chamber, ADHDA, SDDA, and attend the WMM (Wednesday Morning Meetings) meetings in Cannon Beach.

In summary, 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!

Kevin Leahy

Executive Director: CEDR/CCC SBDC

Email: kleahy@clatsopcc.edu

Direct: 503-338-2342

Visit our CEDR Website clatsoped.com

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