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Success Stories

Oregon State University Wins Grant for Textile Manufacturing Innovation

The Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors today announced Oregon State University as one of this year’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients for the school’s innovation in improving textile weaving efficiency. Oregon…

Inpria Named a Finalist for OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

Inpria Named a Finalist for OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is pleased to announce 12 finalists—from a record number of 67 nominees—for the 2014 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards. The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards honors the skill, and the…

Inpria raises another $1.5 million from OAF

Inpria raises another $1.5 million from OAF

Inpria, one of the first of now 40 ONAMI Gap Fund startup companies, has just announced that it's raised $1.45 million from the Oregon Angel Fund. OAF is a collection of local investors backing early-stage…

Entreprenuer Profiles

The 8 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

Article by Ben Johnson via Fundera Ledger Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs. What do these three entrepreneurs have in common? They all started their business before the age of 25! There’s never been a…

OSU Professor Develops Drug to Treat Ebola

OSU Professor Develops Drug to Treat Ebola

A drug developed by an Oregon State University scientist may be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. The drug, manufactured by Sarepta Therapeutics in Cambridge, Mass., had promising results in clinical trials…

Start Up

Start-Ups in Corvallis/Benton County

Corvallis Start-ups are Thriving!

Benton County is where start ups thrive!  From creative enterprises, to software start ups to technology spin offs from OSU, Hewlett-Packard, and other research centers, Corvallis has a strong entrepreneurial community.  Resources abound for helping Corvallis Start- ups.  Contact us to help your business start, thrive and grow! Corvallis and Benton County DO NOT require a business license or registration fee.

Corvallis Oregon Start-Up Process

The State of Oregon has a one stop shop for starting your business. Click here to learn more. and a downloadable “Starting a Business in Oregon Guide”

What Makes a Start-Up Successful?

Inforgraphic-VennDiagram Using the resources available, connecting with others, and getting support. Corvallis and Benton County has a wealth of resources.  You will need to:

General Business Advice – Mentoring Resources

  • SBDC- Small Business Development Center at LBCC
  • Free Consulting on what you’re most concerned about- sponsored by US Small Business Administration. Classes, free consulting and support.  Evening and weekend classes and workshops for Start ups and growing businesses. Microenterprise “Micro Biz” program to get first time starters up and running
  • SCORE –    Score counselors are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to assist small business achieve success.
  • OSU Advantage Accelerator -  The Oregon State University Venture Accelerator helps create successful businesses, drive economic growth and expands education and job opportunities for students, graduates and other Oregonians
  • BECThe Business Enterprise Center offers Mentoring, connections and low cost space.  They also run “Will it Fly”, a business plan review and support process.
  • WACWillamette Angel Conference  is an annual Conference and training program matching start-ups with investors, and providing business plan support, pitch support and mentoring.
  • Smart-ups  -  SmartUps is an entrepreneurial support organization in Eugene, Oregon. They connect entrepreneurs with resources that increase business performance and success.
  • OEN - Oregon Entrepeneurs Network  provides training and links to funding, predominantly in the Portland area, but valuable to any business in the state.
  • is a community crowd sourced website full of links to online resources by topic, business sector and need, targeted specifically at Oregon Start-ups .
  • Check out this useful article for entrepreneurs with a disability (full article)
  • WiN  -  The Willamette Innovators Network focuses on bringing the innovation community together with regularly scheduled morning coffees, pubtalks and other meetups focused on the needs of our burgeoning early-startups.
Being an entrepreneur takes a unique skill set and unique approach to the world of business. Here are some great general resources:

Co Founders /Management team

CoFounders /Team Members need to be able to find YOU.  Participating in local seminars, WIN  nights, networking meetings, local publications of your work, and hiring should all be considered as points of contact where you can meet people in the community who may become your partners.  Reach out outside your circle and get visible. Ask people you know and trust, who do they know who they consider potential partners.  Prepare a list of interviews with the people who are of greatest relevance.  More…

High Tech Development:

The following institutions provide partnership and resources.


A start up must accelerate to first revenue.  Reaching that first, or 100th, sale should always be on your mind.  Local sales are always a great way to start.  City of Corvallis, the Corvallis Chamber, CIBA, the Sustainability Network and the 10 Rivers Food Web all support and encourage buying Locally.  In addition to the general resources above,  consider some state resources:
  • ORPIN – is the State procurement database, with a list of contracts.  Visit site
  • GCAP, Government Contract Assistance Program,  Visit Site Oregon's link to a $250 billion market. Every year the Federal Government purchases billions of dollars worth of products and services ranging from nuts and bolts to computer systems, and from planting trees to guarding facilities. Visit site
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Start up Funding

According to the Kauffmann Foundation, the average cost of starting a new business from scratch comes in at just over $30,000.   Financing a start up is very different than an existing business, as they generally have few assets to borrow against, and little, if any income. If you’re beyond self-funding and need help, there are many options, local and national.  Resources we can connect you to include: Loans, Grants, State Funding, SBA (US Small Business Administration), Angel Funding, Crowdfunding, USDA funding. More on funding …