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Washington County launches Economic Development Resource Webpage

The local workforce and entrepreneurs of small and emerging businesses in Washington County have a new place on the web to turn to for resources and assistance.
Media release

Since it was launched in early 2021, Washington County’s Economic Development Program has established partnerships with local business support organizations, cities and economic development agencies to support equitable economic growth across the entire community. They collaborate with multiple organizations to address shared challenges and advocate for common interests to help small businesses and workers thrive. These efforts have led to creation of the Economic Development Resource Webpage. The webpage provides Washington County small businesses with access to a variety of resources through the new small business resource directory and includes various opportunities ranging from workforce development to government contracting.

Small Business Resource Directory
Through a partnership with the Washington County Small Business Support Network (WCSBSN), which includes dozens of nonprofit business support organizations serving Washington County businesses and entrepreneurs, the County’s Economic Development Program recently launched an online resource directory for small businesses. The directory provides access to different resources Washington County small businesses may need depending on where they are in their business journey. Resources range from technical assistance services, help with access to business capital, networking opportunities and legal services. They include the local area and culturally specific chambers of commerce, community-based organizations and trade associations. The directory was identified as a priority by the WCSBSN and created through an equity-centered asset mapping process that sought to identify and organize existing community resources.

Workforce Development Resources
Resources are also available for job seekers, employers and community partners navigating their workforce development needs. This webpage includes opportunities for people seeking to launch or grow their careers through education and job boards, and a list of Workforce Development Organizations and Training Partners for employers and employees. Here you can also find resources that local cities offer for workforce development including employee retention and career growth opportunities.

City Resources and Government Contracting
Additional resources are available for those who are interested in or currently contracting with local, regional, or federal government agencies. This webpage includes small business support resources available through the cities in Washington County, and resources for businesses located in unincorporated or rural Washington County (outside of city limits).

Through ongoing outreach and regular convening of partners, Washington County’s Economic Development Program seeks to strengthen existing relationships with community as well as cultivate new ones. Learn more about our programs and partnerships by visiting this webpage.