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Business Resources

We can help, no matter what stage of the business process you are in. Whether you’re looking for the tools to help you create a business plan, financing to get your business off the ground, or information on how to expand, we can connect you to the right resources.

Ferrum Technology Corp. received a grant from GROW Yamhill County
in 2016 with assistance from MEDP

One-on-One Consultations

MEDP will connect you and your business to local, regional, and state resources to help streamline your project. Our team is ready to meet with you to answer your questions about our community, business environment, and property inventory.

We provide the following, confidential services:

  • Property Searches
  • Site Selector Resources
  • Data and Market Research Tools
  • Employee Recruitment and Training Connections
  • Financing and Loan Connections

Call or email us to set up an appointment today!

Business Planning 

When you're ready to start planning your new business venture, we have the simple steps to get you started. 

Step One: Research 

Do some preliminary research. What type of business are you launching? Are there similar businesses in town? What is your competitive advantage?

Step Two: Planning

Start or update your business plan. Our friends at the Small Business Development Center specialize in helping entrepreneurs get started on this important step. We also have connections at SCORE, a free business counseling/mentoring service. 

Use this Starting a Business Checklist to get on your way. 

Looking for startup consultation? Contact:

Mike White, Venture Catalyst
Launch Mid Valley / Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Looking for a consultation with SCORE? Contact:

Bill Taylor
Certified Counselor, SCORE

Learn more about the resources the Small Business Development Center:

Chemeketa SBDC
626 High St NE, Suite 210 Salem, OR 97301

Step Three: Establish Yourself

To establish your business you’ll need to register it with the state of Oregon, get the proper license and permits (FYI: McMinnville does not require a business license), get tax numbers, and learn about employer obligations.  

Business Xpress has all of this information and more in their Startup Toolkit

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

Step Four: Financing

See our financing section.

Step Five: Continuous Improvement

We’re happy to help you find the resources you need to improve, no matter what type of business you have. Whether it’s implementing lean manufacturing principles, seeking funds, or training new employees, call us and we can help.


When you're ready to work with a bank, we can supply you with some valuable information from data to grant programs to the SBA. If you're looking for a loan, we know the best places to start. Contact us when you want to learn more about the various financing programs we have available. 

Local Resources

When you're ready to talk about financing your business, we have a referral list of community and local banks. The type and size of your business will help us determine the best possible fit. Contact us to learn more. 

Regional Resources

The Yamhill County Economic Development Grants Program offers three opportunities:

  • Start-Up Grants
    • Available May 1 - December 31
    • Will award up to two $25,000 grants per year to help foster a county-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Applicants must participate in the Launch Mid-Valley Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) initiative to be considered.
  • Small Grant Program
    • Provides flexible and responsive financial support to businesses and organizations engaged in various stages of development. 
    • Applicants should be able to show how their activity/project creates an economic benefit through development, expansion, or job creation.
    • Applications are accepted May 1 - June 30.
    • Funds are limited to $10,000 or less per applicant
  • Strategic Investment Fund
    • Support businesses and organizations making significant investments in the region.
    • Up to $100,000 per award.
    • Traded-sector businesses with job-growth potential will be given priority. 
    • Both businesses in and businesses relocating to Yamhill County may apply. 

  • SBDC Capital Access Team - free advising offered, complete request form here
  • Launch Mid-Valley - a regional collaborative unearthing innovative resources to help launch startups and support growth businesses with the Mid-Valley Angel Fund.

State Resources

Continuous Improvement 

Whether you’ve been in business for a while and feel you need a reboot, or you’re just getting started and want to learn the most efficient way to lay out your shop floor, we know who you should contact.

MEDP Events

We care about the health of the McMinnville economy and supporting all businesses in the region. Visit our Event Page to see if we have any upcoming events for local manufacturers and businesses like our 2017 NEXT Series.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing describes the process of eliminating waste within a manufacturing process. Not only can lean create efficiency on a shop floor, it can eliminate costs of doing business and help companies grow.

OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership) is a non-profit organization designed to help Oregon manufacturers compete in a global market. Call us to learn more about OMEP’s programs and whether your company may qualify for a grant.



"It's an 'all hands on deck' partnership. McMinnville rolls up their sleeves and they go to bat for you. They know we're always on a time crunch, and it seems like they are always right there to help."

– John Sizemore, Vice President of Sales, Betty Lou's, Inc. 

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