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.
Go to Xpress for easy registration steps.
No, the City of McMinnville does not require a business license.
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.
No signage is permitted, other than that which is permitted by Section 17.62.040 of the Zoning Ordinance.
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.
There are many programs offer by the State of Oregon. Click here to learn more about what's available.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main point of contact is:
Jody Christensen, Executive Director