Helpful Links for Small Business and Financial Education
Annual Credit Reports
Helpful Link: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action
Your rights to your free annual credit reports:
Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to give you a free credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. They also make it easy to accomplish many credit-related tasks right from your computer.
FDIC Financial Education Games
Helpful Link: FDIC’s How Money Smart Are You? – Games
Learn about money management:
FDIC has free financial games to teach you the foundations of money management and direct you on the path of financial wellness.
Helpful Link: https://www.geodc.net/
Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC) is a regional economic development non-profit 501(c)3 organization charged with supporting job creation and economic growth within our district; by assisting to create, retain, and expand businesses. GEODC teams with local government to develop human and physical infrastructure to support these businesses and the communities they serve.
GEODC offers a variety of lending programs to assist with land/building acquisition, new construction, equipment/machinery, fixtures, inventory, supplies, and working capital. Additionally, GEODC offers assistance with grant writing services, grant administrative services, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administration, Northeast Regional Housing Program administration, labor standards compliance and other state and federal grant program administrations. With over 40 years of lending experience and 20 years of economic development experience, GEODC staff is committed to helping businesses and communities succeed and grow.
Small Business Development Center – BMCC
Helpful Link: https://www.bluecc.edu/community/small-business-development-center#ad-image-8
Tribal Employment Rights Office
Helpful Link: https://www.ctuir.org/departments/human-resources/tero/indian-owned-business-application/
For certification as an Indian-owned business in order to access contracting opportunities under the purview of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation TERO Program and other applicable federal and tribal laws.
The Federal Trade Commission
Helpful Link: https://www.ftc.gov/
The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition. For one hundred years, our collegial and consensus-driven agency has championed the interests of American consumers. As we begin our second century, the FTC is dedicated to advancing consumer interests while encouraging innovation and competition in our dynamic economy.
The FTC develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences. We collaborate with law enforcement partners across the country and around the world to advance our crucial consumer protection and competition missions. And beyond our borders, we cooperate with international agencies and organizations to protect consumers in the global marketplace.
The Oregon Native American Chamber
Helpful Link: http://onacc.org/
The Oregon Native American Chamber is a community of professionals, advisors, organizations, entrepreneurs, and companies collectively working toward success in business and community. We provide information, networking opportunities and mentoring. Connect with our resources and others members as drive your business toward success
Helpful Link: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/
Innovative tools and resources to help consumers like you make informed financial decisions and build financial skills.
Small Business Legal Clinic
Helpful Link: https://law.lclark.edu/centers/small_business_legal_clinic/
The Small Business Legal Clinic provides business transactional legal services to low-income small and emerging businesses.
Helpful Link: https://www.oregon4biz.com/
Business Oregon provides a variety of services to grow businesses and communities across Oregon. Visit the How We Can Help page for a full description of programs and services we have to help businesses. Related to business expansion into Oregon, the Business Oregon recruitment team helps companies looking to relocate or expand into the state, helping to:
- identify Oregon sites that meet size, utility, distribution, infrastructure, and workforce requirements
- discuss client needs with all of the players—state and local governments and private utilities—in a collaborative approach to get projects moving
- identify business incentives, financial resources, and workforce programs
- identify potential Oregon vendors, distributors, patrons, etc.
Small Business Administration
Helpful Link: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small businesses and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Affiliate Tribes of the Pacific Northwest Economic and Community Development
Helpful Link: https://atniedc.com/
Oregon Secretary of State: Small Business Assistance
Helpful Link: https://sos.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx
Fostering Collaboration for Better Business
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 2013, the Office of Small Business Assistance operates under ORS 56.200-209, and is housed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Oregon’s Office of Small Business Assistance serves as an independent voice for small businesses within state government. Small businesses account for 98 percent of Oregon firms, employ over half the state’s workforce and play a vital role in our economy. That’s especially true for rural Oregon, which depends on small businesses for economic growth. Office of Small Business Assistance
Helpful Link: http://www.tworiverscdc.org/native-ptac-recognized-with-human-impact-award/
Hosted by Two Rivers CDC, the Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Native PTAC) is a free, grant-funded, community resource that assists Native peoples in contracting with state, local, Federal, and Native governments within AK, ID, OR, and WA.
Native PTAC helps Native firms with federal, Tribe, state and local government contracting through one-to-one assistance with government certifications and registrations, classes and workshops, bid match opportunities, interpretation of solicitations, bid/proposal reviews, marketing advice, and contract performance support for designated socio-economic programs.