Business Resources

business-resources In addition the one-on-one support and programs Drive Oregon offers to help your business grow, there are many other local, state, and national resources available.  We have compiled a list of programs and organizations that may be providing the kind of support your have been looking for. If you’re looking for financial assistance, check out our list of potential funding sources here.  If you have any questions about these resources and what they offer, feel free to contact us.


Improving Business Operations

Business Planning Assistance

Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center has 20 locations in Oregon to assist small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Their advisors provide a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services from healthcare guidance to business plan development.

Grow Oregon
Grow Oregon is an Oregon Business Development Department administered by the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN). It is target at companies who have demonstrated success, but need strategic resources to get next to the next level. Grow Oregon offers specialized service from digital media assistance to financial analysis. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Manufacturing Consulting

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership
OMEP is a non-profit organization helps companies grow by bringing advanced thinking and hands-on skills to businesses. They are there to help Oregon manufacturers respond to the challenges of competing with an increasing global economy. They offer support on topics anywhere from leadership development to global engagement.

Workforce Training

Worksource Portland Metro
Worksource Portland Metro helps job seekers and job finders in Portland. For training on building a skilled workforce, contact them at 503.257.HIRE.

Economic Opportunity Initiative
The Economic Opportunity Initiative, out of the Portland Development Commission, helps businesses find good hires. The EOI can help businesses design worker-training curriculum, develop internship programs, and make sustainable, good hires.

Career Information Services
Career Information Services (CIS) offers CIS-Connection, a web-based tool that provides students and job seekers using the Oregon CIS website with information about local career opportunities and businesses. It is a great way to connect businesses to the workforce of tomorrow.

Business Networks & Research Databases

The NW Connectory
The NW Connectory acts like a business-to-business search engine, allowing suppliers and buyers to get in touch on a local scale. The network currently includes 400+ members, and creating an account is free.

The Autoharvest Foundation is a nonprofit that operates a unique web-based innovation system. It is an on-line meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing intellectual property. This meeting place allows users to share information and showcase capabilities, and explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest.

Drive Oregon’s LinkedIn Page
Connect with us to find out Drive Oregon news and information on electric vehicle industry updates in Oregon.

IDTechEx has provided independent market research and business intelligence on emerging technologies to companies since 1999. They help companies make strategic marketing decisions. Along with their research, IDTechEx leads events that provide networking and knowledge-sharing, enabling global industry sales.

Sustainability at the Workplace

Funding & Resources

Portland Development Commission Green Building Program
The Portland Development Commission Green Building Program requires that products receiving financial assistance from PDC integrate green building and practices that meet established Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or “LEED” standards. For information on whether this applies to your project, check out the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Energy Trust of Oregon
The Energy Trust is dedicated to helping businesses invest in energy-saving upgrades. They offer cash incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment that can help businesses reduce their energy use and lower operating costs.

Sustainability at Work
Sustainability at Work is a free resource that offers tools and expertise to help Portland organizations create more sustainable workplaces. The program provides organizations with a Sustainability Advisor who will help create a personalized sustainability plan.

Export Assistance

Foreign Market Data

Portland Branch of the US Commerce Service
Feel free to contact staff at regional US Commerce Service branch, who can provide assistance in analyzing international markets and personalized strategies for your firm.

United States International Trade Commission
For U.S. tariff and trade data, check out the United States International Trade Commission. All data is public and free of charge. has many useful tools to help U.S. companies export. There are guides on export basics, free trade agreements, international finance, international logistics, licenses and regulations, and trade problems and foreign trade barriers.

Global Edge
Global Edge has information on international business and trade in over 200 countries. Information is neatly organized by trade bloc, country, state, and industry.

Trade Leads and Export Partners

Portland Branch of the US Commerce Service
Feel free to contact staff at the regional US Commerce Service branch, who can provide introductions to their colleagues abroad and other resources to assist in vetting business leads or potential international partnerships.

Federation of International Trade Associations
For information on how to find customers and distributors or trade leads, you can access the Federation of International Trade Associations. They have links to 8,000 international trade related websites.

Export Advising and Financing

Portland Branch of the US Commerce Service
Feel free to contact staff at the regional US Commerce Service branch, who can provide guidance and advice on exporting, as well as connections to available financial resources and programs.

District Export Councils
District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders whose knowledge in international business is very valuable. There are 1,500 DEC members who volunteer their time to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their local communities, and there are representatives in Oregon.

Export-Import Bank
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Their mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

Business Culture

Executive Planet
When doing business worldwide, check out Executive Planet for tips on customs and business etiquette. They have guides on doing business in 48 countries.

Worldbiz provides resources on proper negotiating tactics and international business behavior. They have guides on doing business worldwide for over a hundred countries.

Trade Show and Conferences Opportunities

Drive Oregon’s Trade Show Partnerships

A key goal of Drive Oregon is to promote Oregon’s electric vehicle industry by attending key electric vehicle trade shows and conferences.  Drive Oregon hosts Oregon Pavilions at key industry events and invites members to attend for free.  Sign up for our newsletter to get updates about which events we will be at or contact us to learn more.  

Event Listings

Trade Shows News Network
For all the news on Trade Shows, check out the Trade Shows News Network. They are the world’s leading online resource for trade show, exhibition and event history since 1996.

Financial Support for Attending Trade Shows

Oregon State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program (International Only)
The STEP Program is for small businesses seeking to grow internationally. This program helps small businesses attend trade shows and receive expert training. To find out if your business is eligible, click the following link.