Clackamas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Awarded 2019 SBA Pacific Northwest SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award

Release Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. –The Clackamas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clackamas Community College is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pacific Northwest SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award winner for 2019. The Clackamas SBDC at Clackamas Community College was honored May 2 at an awards ceremony at the Portland Art Museum hosted by the SBA Portland District Office as part of the celebration of National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019.

The SBDC at Clackamas Community College serves the small business community in Clackamas County helping urban, rural and veteran clients throughout the region. The center is part of a national network of SBDCs hosted by universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners; and, is funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the SBA. The program provides entrepreneurial development assistance, training programs and no-cost counseling to existing businesses and startups.

“The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said. “The Clackamas SBDC represents the many resource partners in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their businesses.”

The Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award honors a SBDC Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses from diverse backgrounds and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. The Pacific Northwest winner is selected from award winners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska and is one of 10 finalists for the National SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award.

In 2018, the Clackamas SBDC helped 118 new businesses start, exceeding its goal of 22. The center also strengthened long-term advising numbers by achieving 105 percent of the center's goal. In an effort to help Latino entrepreneurs in the construction industry, Clackamas SBDC Director Rob Campbell worked with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to develop new curriculum and testing resulting in an increased pass rate for the Spanish-speaking exam from 30% to close to 75%. Successful completion of the exam is a requirement for obtaining a CCB license.

"Rob and the entire team at the Clackamas SBDC have shown a passion for clients and finding new, innovative ways to deliver services to veterans, contractors and the Latino community," said Mark Gregory, Oregon SBDC state director.

"National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses, which make up 99 percent of all businesses in the Pacific Northwest and create two out of every three net new jobs,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Small business owners represent our country’s best. They are innovators, job creators and community leaders. Shining a spotlight on their inspirational stories and journeys is an honor.”

Other SBA local awards recognized at the celebration include Small Business Person of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Nano Business of the Year, Small Business Champion and the Small Business Lending All-Star awards.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. The Portland District Office serves Oregon and southwest Washington with an office located in Portland.