OCCC Small Business Development Center shows the numbers – Requests $5K in funding from LC City Council
The Lincoln City City Council seemed okay with awarding five thousand dollars to a local non-profit that is helping to improve Lincoln County’s economy. David Price of the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College said over the past year his program has helped to create 87 new jobs here in Lincoln County, helped to retain 261 jobs in the county, helped to create eight new businesses, hit nearly $1.5 million in what’s called “capital infusion” in the county, another best-ever mark for the Center.
Price reminded the council that it has been a regular contributor to the center’s financial stability and that he was asking again for that support starting July 1st, the beginning of the next fiscal year. Price said by working closely with start-up and already growing businesses, the Small Business Development Center, over the past year, advised 214 different clients, 1,324 hours of other services, served 574 participants with over 3,200 hours of contact time, conducted 76 training events and although serving only 1% of Oregon’s population, delivered 5% of all training held in the state.
Mayor Dick Anderson thanked Price for his presentation in such a efficient manner. The mayor added that he and the council seemed favorably inclined to repeat the city’s contribution to the SBDC’s mission at creating jobs in Lincoln County but added that although county-wide economic numbers are interesting, he and the council would like to see how the city’s contribution is helping businesses specifically in Lincoln City. Price said he would do that.