About Business Oregon

Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency.

The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.

Mission

Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.

Vision

Prosperity for all Oregonians.

Business Oregon's 2021-23 Legislatively Approved Budget Summary PDF

Sophorn Cheang, Director

Sophorn Cheang Sophorn Cheang (so-POHRN j-ay-ng) took the reins as Director of Business Oregon in March 2021. Prior to that, Cheang served as the Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Governor Kate Brown since 2018. In this role she oversaw the development of state business policies to eliminate bias and barriers, and provided economic opportunities for all Oregon businesses through equity practices in state procurement and community economic development. Cheang also co-coordinated the Governor's Racial Justice Council.

Prior to her work with the Governor's Office, Cheang served as Senior Community Development Manager and Director of the Asian Family Center for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, where she developed and directed culturally specific programs and services for immigrants and refugees; mobilized diverse community leaders across the state to address social and racial injustices; and performed other strategic planning and advocacy work. Cheang has an MBA from Willamette University and a bachelor's degree in finance from Portland State University.

Activities and Affiliates

Business Oregon also houses the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust administer both federal and state investments in arts and culture. Additionally, Business Oregon acts as a fiscal agent for the Oregon Film and Video Office (OFVO). OFVO promotes statewide development of the film, video and multimedia industry in Oregon to enhance the industry's revenues, profile and reputation.

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