Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do you want to know?

We're here to fill in the blanks, to point you to the right people, to answer the basic questions or even the weird ones. Start here. Or contact us. Our emails are at the bottom of the page, and the phone number is at the top. We're happy to help!

How do I start a business here?

If you want  to move your existing business to McMinnville, or start a business here, MEDP can help with property searches and other questions including questions about Oregon business licensing and permits. Check out the LOCATE section to learn more. 

To start a successful business requires preparation. We can connect you to great resources to start your planning. Start with research, then a business plan, and finally select a name and structure. Check out the START section to learn more.

How do I register my business with the State of Oregon?

Go to Xpress for easy registration steps. 

Discover Oregon Business Xpress. Oregon's one stop for business.

Do I need an Oregon business license to operate a business in McMinnville?

No, the City of McMinnville does not require a business license.

Do I need a permit to operate a business in my home?

Yes, businesses operated, or based, from home are required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the Planning Department. An application form for this permit is available in the Planning Department, or can be downloaded by clicking here. Further information regarding Home Occupation Permits and the conditions under which they must operate are found in Chapter 17.67 of the McMinnville Zoning Ordinance.

Can I place a sign on my house for my home-based business?

No signage is permitted, other than that which is permitted by Section 17.62.040 of the Zoning Ordinance.

How do I find out my property's zoning?

The easiest way to find out your property's zoning is to either call the Planning Department at 503-434-7311 or stop by their office at 231 NE Fifth Street for a quick look at our zoning maps. You may also want to pick up a zoning map to take with you. They're available for a small charge.

How do I finance a company?

There are many programs offer by the State of Oregon. Click here to learn more about what's available.

Do you offer grants?

No, MEDP does not have a grant program. View the two grant programs at Yamhill County by clicking here.  MEDP is available to answer questions.

FAQs about MEDP and its work

What is economic development?

Ah, the eternal question. Economic Development can mean different things to different people. A simple definition would be economic development is the sustained and collective work of many organizations, citizens, and policy makers to promote an environment with a positive standard of living.

We recently heard one leader describe positive economic development as a three-legged stool with education, healthcare and business playing equal and important roles. In our case, MEDP focuses on traded sector (manufacturing) business development as our part of the equation. However, we can help find resources for all businesses in or interested in McMinnville. 

Why does MEDP seem to focus on manufacturing?

Truth be told, we do focus on manufacturing most of the time. We believe our community needs a strong manufacturing base to support a vibrant economy. Manufacturers offer value to the community through job growth, career opportunities and above average wages. 

Partners like the McMinnville Downtown Association and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce do an outstanding job of focusing on our commercial and retail commerce as well as tourism.

How can the private sector engage with MEDP’s economic development efforts?

Any business can call on MEDP any time about any business matter. We work with all businesses from start-ups to seasoned; small to large; in McMinnville or thinking about McMinnville. Company leaders can also support MEDP with an annual investment (see our Investor Circle).

Why was MEDP established?

The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) was established in 2004 to meet the critical need for a one-stop business development office. We opened our office in September 2006. Our primary focus continues to be retention, expansion, and recruitment of traded-sector (manufacturing) companies.

We offer services to all businesses in McMinnville and considering McMinnville. MEDP markets our community and its many assets. We build relationships with industry leaders to better understand their challenges and then seek out innovative resources and solutions. To learn more, visit our Mission and History section.

Who are the partners?

The partners are the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Our board members are Kelly McDonald, Doug Montgomery, Kim Carr, Nathan Knottingham, and Carol Granger.

Is MEDP a Chamber or Downtown Association?

Neither, we are a stand-alone organization housed within the Chamber. We do not focus on retail/commercial business services, nor do we serve just one area of town. We work closely with our Chamber and Downtown Association.

What is the relationship between the Chamber and MEDP?

The Chamber is a partner and in-kind contributor to MEDP. In-kind includes rent for one of two offices, directors' insurance, and bookkeeping. MEDP maintains a separate budget, funding stream, and bank accounts from the Chamber. MEDP offices are strategically located at the Chamber. The MEDP Executive Director reports directly to the MEDP Board. 

Where does MEDP get its funding?

MEDP is not a membership organization. Our founding partners make annual investments. Organizations, companies, and individuals who believe in our mission invest in MEDP as well. We encourage investments through our Investors Circle. To learn more, check out the Investors Circle.

Who is the main point of contact for MEDP?

The main point of contact is:

Jody Christensen, Executive Director

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