I am very pleased to share the 2017 results with the business community of our region.

I am asked on an ongoing basis the difference 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 am 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 and critical component.

The CCC SBDC provides free and confidential advising through the 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, with 17 affiliated with community colleges and two with universities.

Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center Results. 2017 performance recap:

• Counseling Clients (free and confidential): 153

• Counseling hours: 1,035

• Long-term client: 56 (5+Hours of advising)

• Training events: 39

• Training attendees: 318

• Total jobs created/retained: 61.

• Capital formation: $1,848,200

• Business starts: 13

David Reid continues as the lead advisor for the CCC SBDC. Walt Postlewait, executive vice-president for Craft3, is the CCC SBDC Small Business Management Program manager. Bill Musemeche and Sally Lemond are part-time advisers. Mark Redwine continues to facilitate the SBM Financial sessions. Herme Ochoa joined us in the fall to serve as the Latino advisor, and Jessica Newhall came on board as a part-time advisor in October, specializing in the Small Business Management Program.

Tammy Lambert continues as the office manager and our “glue” of the CEDR/CCC South County and CCC SBDC operation.

We have such a great team, with all staff continuing to serve our clients and the business community with passion and skill!

Please check out the new statewide SBDC website at bizcenter.org to learn more about our Center and client testimonials, statewide programs offered, a staff directory, and upcoming workshops and registration links.

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

For 2018, the Clatsop Job & Career Fair was held on Feb. 28. Six high schools participated this year, with 650 students! We had 83 employers, the largest ever! The event was delayed a week because of snow and ice, but the results were very positive, and we were so pleased to host it at our beautiful Patriot Hall at the Lexington Campus of Clatsop Community College!

• CEDR Awards Event March 2017. CEDR county-wide business awards event was held at the Seaside Convention Center with over 180 business and community leaders in attendance. Ten awards were given out to businesses from throughout Clatsop County. The 2018 event will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at Patriot Hall at CCC in Astoria from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Plan to attend this once-a-year event celebrating business success in Clatsop County. RSVP to sbdc@clatsopcc.edu or call 503-338-2402 to reserve your space!

• Fishing/Seafood Processing. The first-ever Clatsop Commercial Fisheries Tour was held on May 31, and had 110 attendees, with several stops along the waterfront, emphasizing the continued importance of this industry in our county, over 20 percent of our local economy. Many volunteers worked together to make this happen, under the leadership and organization of Amanda Gladics from OSU Extension Sea Grant Program. 2018 tour planning is already underway!

• CFEDC (Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee). I serve as chairman of this committee. We updated the county commissioners at the June commission meeting the importance of this sector in our regional economy, representing 30 percent of the Clatsop County economy. The 27th annual leader’s tour was held on Sept. 12 with one of the largest participation of citizens and leaders in its history. The theme was “Forest Management, Stream Buffers and Stream Protection

• Clatsop WORKS Internship Program. After 18 months of meetings and steering committee meetings, I am very excited to announce the hiring of our Clatsop WORKS coordinator; Anna Stamper, who joined us on March 12, and will coordinate the Summer 2018 paid internship program for our high school and CCC students, and several other initiatives in 2018. This will be a game changer for our local economy, connecting K-12, CCC and area businesses. Special thanks to Astoria School Superintendent Craig Hoppes, ESD STEM Coordinator Myronda Schiding, and Hampton Mills Cliff Tuttle for their vision, and partnership as we navigated this new position. And to all the School Districts in Clatsop County, CCC and the NW ESD for funding this position! Stay tuned for much more to come here!

• OSU ECAN Committee. (Extension Citizens Advisory Committee.)

I am honored 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. And honored to serve as the Citizen Representative for the State of Oregon for OSU Extension at a national conference in Washington, D.C. in April of this year. I will give a full report upon my return.

• CEDR Private Sector Membership Initiative, with 72 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 attends the WMM (Wednesday Morning Meetings) meetings in Cannon Beach.

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!

Sincerely yours.

Kevin Leahy

Executive Director: CEDR/CCC SBDC

Email: kleahy@clatsopcc.edu

Direct: 503-338-2342

Visit our CEDR Website clatsoped.com or the SBDC website at bizcenter.org

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