Coffee Meet Ups for Early Entrepreneurs
On the Second Thursday of every month, RAIN Eugene invites you to Bohemia Food Hub (Real Live Foods) in Cottage Grove to talk about startups, innovation, and how we can better support the local entrepreneurial eco-system. If you have an idea and are not sure where to go next, show up and get support overcoming the obstacles to establishing and scaling your business.
Cottage Grove Business Challenge Page
The CGCDC has made a new home for all things Cottage Grove Business Challenge.
Gala celebrates 2017 Cottage Grove Business Challenge Winners
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the community celebrated local entrepreneurship at The Cottage Grove Business Challenge Gala. New Breed Seed and the Cottage Grove business community made this very special opportunity possible, in partnership with the Cottage Grove Community Development Corporation, Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, and RAIN Eugene. The lively event, held at the Village Green Resort, was emceed by Lori Bumgardner, a well-known local consultant.
$10,000 was donated by New Breed Seed to be given as cash awards to three local entrepreneurs to jump-start their operations. Twenty-four local businesses responded to the challenge by submitting executive summaries for their respective business or idea. The diverse group of entrants represented a variety of industries that included local food & beverage manufacturing, education, nutrition, and others. Congratulations to finalists Real Live Food Oregon, Sohr Performance + Nutrition, and our first place winner Sanity Chocolate for putting the award money to good use in our local economy.
“This experiment was a big success. I suspect we’ll do it again.” Lauren Jerome of RAIN Eugene told the crowd.
As the Gala came to a close, the room was abuzz with positive energy and opportunity. Matt Parsons, CDC Board Chair, was overheard saying, “When is the last time you saw people mingle for an hour after an event?” When one of the new-to-the-startup-community sponsors was asked what she thought of the event, she put her hand to her heart and said, “Oh! This gave me so much hope!”
Cottage Grove Community Development Corporation is “ready to shine” with a community solar microgrid
Cottage Grove CDC and Green Energy Corp have completed a formal feasibility study, and identified a site for a community solar microgrid in the City of Cottage Grove. The location known as the “City Shops” (the property at the dead end of N. 14th Street across the Row River Trail) provides a fabulous opportunity to jumpstart economic development and draw interest in renewable energy education and research in South Lane County.
Cottage Grove CDC, in conjunction with Green Energy Corp and R2B Microgrid Solutions, are applying for grants to help support the installation of our community solar microgrid. There are also opportunities for tax investors who are a C-corp with K1 income to maximize the tax benefit.
Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce 541-942-2411
Cottage Grove City Manager 541-942-5501
Cottage Grove Community Development Department 541-942-3340
Cottage Grove Police Department 541-942-9145
Cottage Grove Public Works Department 541-942-3349
South Lane County Fire & Rescue District 541-942-4493
South Lane School District 541-942-3381
Business & Economic Development
Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Community LendingWorks is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides access to capital, and asset building services that help people work their way toward financial stability. They pair consumer and small business loans with technical assistance to ensure our borrowers are successful.
RAIN Eugene is a network connecting entrepreneurs, investors and resources to grow the startup ecosystem in the Eugene-Springfield area.
Lane Small Business Development Center offers business Development & Employer Training Services
Education & Workforce Development
Lane Community College offers a wide variety of instructional programs including transfer credit programs, career and technical degree and certificate programs, continuing education noncredit courses, and customized training for local businesses.
Lane Workforce Partnership is the local Workforce Investment Board for Lane County. It meets the workforce skill needs of employers and helps individuals gain the knowledge and skills to find a first, new or better job.
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Databases, Tables & Calculators
BLS data retrieval tools by subject and area.
Center for Law and Entrepreneurship
Provides legal services for small business owners, market feasibility and assessment studies on emerging patentable technologies, and offers business courses and symposiums.
City of Creswell Demographics
City statistics and local sources.
The Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship: Metropolitan Area and City Trends
The reports present trends in Growth Entrepreneurship in the 40 largest metro areas relying on three composite indicators to look at business revenue and job growth: Rate of Startup Growth, Share of Scaleups and High-Growth Company Density.
Lane Council of Governments - Demographic Analysis
Census Bureau data as well as a host of federal, state, and local demographic and economic data sources.
Lane County Community and Economic Development
Supports Lane County development that is compatible with community values to promote vital and sustained economies that lead to job creation opportunities.
Livability Lane Consortium
The Consortium brings together regional leaders to build upon the region's successes and to further integrate livability into plans and strategies.