Business Development Department

Present Duties

State Lands Building
The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Business Development Department. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20150312-1800)
The department operates as Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency. Business Oregon has primary offices in Salem and Portland, along with staff located in 12 regions across the state. The agency’s mission is to invest in Oregon businesses, communities and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse and inclusive economy. Business Oregon is focused on five priorities: innovating Oregon’s economy, growing small and middle-market companies, cultivating rural economic stability, advancing economic opportunity for underrepresented people, and ensuring an inclusive, transparent and fiscally healthy agency. Core agency functions include rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; industry innovation and research and development; entrepreneurship support and small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.

The overall work of the department is guided by a nine-member commission with additional input and expertise provided by several other advisory bodies and boards.​
Agency​ Website​

Contact Information

Phone: 503-986-0123; TTY: 1-800-735-2900
Fax: 503-581-5115
Contact: Sophorn Cheang​, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Business Development​
Public Information Officer: Amber Nabors

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 285A.070

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Economic Opportunity Section records
Dates: 1964-1972
Cubic Ft.: 20.05