Small Business International Trade Office
This statewide program helps small businesses become active in international trade. The program offers workshops, seminars, classes, counseling, referral and other services. As part of Oregon Small Business Development Center Network
, the international trade office works closely with other centers affiliated with community colleges throughout Oregon. For more information, contact the Small Business International Trade Office, One World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 205, Portland, OR 97204, 503-274-7482.
Government Contract Assistance Program
The Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) is a procurement technical assistance center providing counseling and bid assistance training on doing business with government agencies. GCAP provides a computer matching service that automatically matches a business with related federal, state and local bidding opportunities on a daily basis. For example, if an Oregon business manufactures a product or provides a service, the GCAP bid-matching service would let the company know every time a contract opportunity comes up from any federal agency in the country. Matches are made to international, state and local government agencies as well. The bid match service includes federal government electronic purchasing opportunities that are not available to the public without specific electronic software, which can cost in excess of $1,000 per year.
Through computer searches, GCAP can locate every buying agency nationwide that would purchase the product or service of a particular company and then automatically generate forms to place that company on the agency's solicitation mailing list. This ensures that the business receives information about the procurement opportunities for its product or service. In addition, GCAP provides technical assistance, counseling and training on every aspect of government contracting. For more information, contact GCAP, 1144 Gateway Loop, Suite 203, Springfield, OR 97477.
- Willamette/Springfield: 541-736-1088 or 800-497-7551.
- Coos Bay: 541-888-7006 or 800-970-4227.
- Portland: 503-697-0614.
- Central/Eastern Oregon: 541-548-5992.
Agricultural Products Marketing
The Oregon Department of Agriculture works to promote, develop, and expand worldwide markets for Oregon's agricultural products. The staff works with producers, cooperatives, and processors; organizes overseas trade missions; and hosts incoming foreign business delegates. For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Development and Marketing Division, 1207 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 104, Portland, OR 97209-2832, 503-872-6600, 503-872-6601 (fax), email: Agmarket@oda.state.or.us.
The U.S. Export Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Export Assistance Center (EAC) in Portland is staffed by the U.S. Commercial Service and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Economic Development Administration is also located within the EAC. All are agencies within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The EAC is designed to provide comprehensive services for those companies interested in exporting.
The primary function of the U.S. Commercial Service is to provide free counseling to small and medium sized U.S. companies who are looking to develop their export markets. They help companies determine their market potential, provide comprehensive information regarding the business and economic conditions of those markets they are considering, assist in finding international partners, and help create market entry strategies. For more information about the agency, please visit www.export.gov/cs or www.buyusa.gov/oregon.
The SBA representative located in the Export Assistance Center provides export finance counseling and assistance regarding programs that exist to help exporters leverage their financial resources.
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Commercial Service
One World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon St., Suite 242
Portland, OR 97204