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Business Retention & Expansion

BR&E Survey Reports

2014 Survey Report

2011 Survey Report

2008 Survey Report

2005 Survey Report

2002 Survey Report

1999 Survey Report

BR&E 2013 Award Winners

Krauss Craft, Inc

BR&E 2012 Award Winners

Applegate Valley Vintners Association

BR&E 2011 Award Winners

Small Business - Concierge Home & Business Watch

Large Business - Krauss Craft

Oregon Dreamer - Rough & Ready Lumber

Lew Tagliere Business Champion - Steve Roe, Roe Motors

Heritage - Chet's Nursery

BR&E 2010 Award Winners

Business Champion - Susan Goracke, Daily Courier, retired

Business Liaison - Steve Dahl, City of Grants Pass

Lean Manufacturing - Alan Tipton, Master Brand Cabinets

Lou Tagliere Business Education - Lisa Woodruff, Logan Design

BR&E 2009 Award Winners

Heritage Award - The Daily Courier - Dennis Mack

Business Champion - RCC Business Development Center - John Lopez

Business Growth - Taprock Northwest Grill - Dave Thomason

What is BR&E?

The Chamber's Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Committee began in 1998. The purpose of BR&E is to help existing local businesses grow, expand and overcome obstacles.

Formal face-to-face business surveys are conducted every three years to gather vital information to better provide assistance to local firms.

Why is BR&E Important?

Most new jobs and investment in a community are created by existing companies. As an economic development strategy, the return on the investment of human and financial resources on local businesses is greater than when invested on prospective new businesses. Plus, new business recruitment is made easier when there is a happy and healthy local business climate and existing firms become ambassadors for the community.

Financial Support

Business Loan Funds

These are typically the most flexible loans available to small businesses. Loans usually require the participation of a private lender and take a subordinated security position to the private sector lender. (SOREDI)

Oregon Business Development Fund

(The Oregon   Development Fund (OBDF) is a revolving loan fund that provides term fixed-rate financing for land, buildings, equipment, machinery and permanent working capital. Participants must create or retain jobs and must typically be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution. The program gives preference to projects located in rural and distressed areas and to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees .(State-OECDD)

USDA Rural Development B&I Guarantee Loans

This program guarantees up to 80% of a loan made by a commercial lender for working capital, machinery, equipment, buildings, real estate and certain types of debt financing.. (SOREDI, USDA)

Enterprise Zone

Josephine County/Grants Pass area has a state-designated zone that can provide 3-5 years of property tax abatement on significant new plant and equipment investments as well as an income tax incentive  for eligible electronic commerce businesses. (SOREDI)

Business Energy Tax Credits

Credit encourages investments in energy conservation, recycling, and renewable energy

(Oregon Dept. of Energy)

Workforce Information

WorkSource Oregon Employment Department WorkSource Oregon has solutions for your workforce challenges. We provide unmatched service that connects skilled workers with your needs, and provides training and business incentives that can't be beat. For expanded services, we have representatives who understand your unique workforce goals and issues and prepare custom solutions that work.

The Job Council

Provides employment and training services for qualified members of the workforce, including youth, adults, displaced, or disabled workers. JC staff provides pre-employment training, such as vocational training assessment, job development and employment counseling.

Rogue Community College

RCC offers a comprehensive community college program, including job preparation, college transfer programs, Adult basic education, continuing education and GED. For employers services include the SBDC.

RCC Customized Training Provides customized training and continuing education to support professional development, licensure, and assist businesses with their workforce needs in real time. We offer custom-designed curriculum delivered at flexible times, dates and locations, delivered by area subject matter experts. Our flexibility has allowed us to partner with employers such as Duro-Last, MasterBrand, Rogue Valley Door, SO Goodwill as well as scores of other small-to-medium sized area companies. We provide the solution to fill your training gaps.

Local Assistance

City of Grants Pass The City of Grants Pass has several key tools and programs to achieve success.  The City offers assistance with job creation & business expansion.

SOREDI Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc is the regional organization tasked with supporting job creation in Jackson and Josephine Counties. SOREDI also provides assistance in locating properties equipped to assist with relocation or expansion needs as well as entrepreneurial business development assistance.

Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is the local business connection, and home of the Business Retention and Expansion committee that works in conjunction with other economic development organizations to find solutions for local business expansion.

Rogue Community College

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Business’ one-stop center needing to start, grow and learn business skills. Free, confidential business advising and valuable training in Grants Pass and the IV.

Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCDO)

The IVCDO, is working to improve economic and social conditions in Oregon’s rural southwest through programs designed to enhance the standard of living, create jobs and encourage sustainable community development.


OECDD (Business Oregon) The Oregon Economic Community Development Department assists with business loans and grants, workforce training grants, and international trade assistance.

Corporate Division If you are interested in doing business in Oregon, need business licensing information, want to file a UCC transaction, or become a commissioned notary public.

Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon's water and air quality, for cleaning up spills and releases of hazardous materials, and for managing the proper disposal of hazardous and solid wastes. A combination of technical assistance, inspections and permitting is used to understand and comply with state and federal regulations.

Oregon Dept. of Transportation ODOT is involved in developing Oregon's system of highways and bridges, public transportation services, rail passenger and freight systems, and bicycle and pedestrian paths.

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