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Oregon’s Small Business Development Centers Here to Help Business Impacted by Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore – As Oregon continues to face severe smoke and wildfire damage, Oregon’s Small Business Development Centers are here to help businesses that have been impacted by these recent and ongoing events.

“Businesses should be taking the time to prepare now to weather these types of events, and the best resource is their local Small Business Development Center,” said Mark Gregory, state director of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network. “Our Centers have advisers who are here and ready to help work with businesses through supply chain interruptions, personnel issues and fewer customers that can all be impacted by these wildfires.”

Business owners are encouraged to contact their local Small Business Development Center and meet with an adviser for a free advising session. At some Centers, an orientation class may be required first to help businesses make the most of the free advising. Advisers work with each business individually and address specific needs. Advising is free to businesses and confidential.

Some specific issues businesses often face during disasters:

  • Destruction of property
  • Destruction of assets used to secure business financing
  • Supply chain interruptions
  • Employees unable to get to work
  • Cashflow disruptions

“Personal tragedy is often closely linked with business tragedy and interruptions,” said Gregory. “Issues that may not have been a problem in the past can quickly become overwhelming. Our Centers are here to help.”

Across the nation, America’s Small Business Development Centers are assisting with major disasters following Hurricane Harvey and the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma. Small Business Development Centers are partially funded through the Small Business Administration and help provide additional local assistance during disasters. Oregon’s Small Business Development Centers are the largest business assistance provider in Oregon and are the only nationally accredited small business assistance provider in the state. Oregon has 19 Small Business Development Centers and more than 40 locations throughout the state.