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 Photo)
The Oregon Business Development Department, operating as Business Oregon, is 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 mission of the agency 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.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 755 Summer St. NE, Suite 200, Salem 97301-1280
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​
Records Officer Email: Jim Cunningham
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 285A.070

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

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (2008) - a detailed history of the agency
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