Global Logistics Firm Grows By Leaps and Bounds in its Portland Home
UTi Worldwide grew from 14 employees to more than 230 in just 18 months thanks in part to a $250,000 loan from Business Oregon.
Business Oregon offers the following services to help your business grow.
Oregon is committed to helping manufacturers reduce costs, increase productivity and create jobs by becoming more competitive in the global marketplace. Oregon supports and strengthens its manufacturing base through various efforts including the Oregon Manufacturing Workforce Strategy. An integral partner of Manufacturing Workforce Strategy is the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), a not-for-profit team of manufacturing professionals.
Need immediate access to highly skilled researchers, clean room facilities or contract processing from a remote site? Oregon InC's High Tech Extension Service is waiting to help connect your business to the research power of more than 300 scientists and cutting-edge labs. Learn more >>
The Grow Oregon Program features teams of highly experienced business advisors who can help assess your current business and provide tools to create sustained growth. Learn more >>
The following programs offer technical assistance to businesses:
Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) assists small businesses with access to government contracts
Minority- and Women-owned Business Certification
The Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB) is the sole certification authority in Oregon for targeted government contracts for disadvantaged businesses, minority- and woman-owned businesses, and emerging small businesses. OMWESB provides “one-stop” certification.
Identifying Oregon Suppliers
In order to help traded-sector Oregon companies connect with potential clients in the state and across the globe, Business Oregon is partnering with the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition to present the Northwest Connectory. This robust detailed buyer-supplier database profiles Oregon businesses' core competencies and enables potential customers and partners to easily find Oregon companies with the technical capabilities they need. Learn more >>
Business Oregon connects small business owners to local business organizations that provide contracting, consulting/counseling and/or financial services.
A 2011 report by Ernst and Young on the best states for business, pronounced Oregon has the second-lowest business taxes on new investments.