Business Oregon Helps Portland Firm Reach the World

The highly successful partnership between Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc. and Business Oregon has helped the Portland company find markets for its innovative products around the globe.

In particular, Business Oregon's Global Strategies team helped with several Oregon Trade Promotion Program (OTPP) grants allowing them to market products at key environmental trade shows In Japan, China, Hong Kong and British Columbia since 2010.

Stevens Water Monitoring, which has operated for more than 100 years, designs and manufactures instrumentation and systems for long-term monitoring, collection and data analysis of water conditions and related environmental conditions. Stevens' core technology enables measurement of water level, water quality, groundwater, soil conditions and weather conditions.

In addition, in 2012 Oregon BEST (now VertueLab), one of Oregon InC's strategic research centers, awarded the company and its partner, SWEETSense, a $150,000 commercialization grant. SWEETSense, a for-profit Portland State University spinoff, creates and installs remote monitoring systems in developing countries. The grant will help commercialize the startup's recently developed monitoring technology.

"We're pleased to be able to target our commercialization grant funds to help this local company advance a unique technology that will ultimately create jobs, improve the environment, boost energy efficiency and establish another Oregon firm as a cleantech innovator," said David Kenney, president and executive director of VertueLab.

In 2011, Business Oregon helped Stevens travel to an environmental trade show in Japan and set up meetings for company officials with potential distributors there. That same year, OTPP grants helped Stevens attend the China International Environmental Protection Exhibition & Conference (CIEPEC) in Beijing and to exhibit at EcoExpo Asia in Hong Kong.

The Oregon Trade Promotion Program offers assistance grants up to $2,500 to Oregon companies who wish to take advantage of international trade shows and trade missions to enter new markets or expand into existing ones.