By Yessenia Anderson
MEDFORD, Ore. — A new report puts Oregon in the top twenty list for states leading the way in business across the nation. Oregon is up nine spots since last years list. It’s based on input derived from groups like the national association of manufacturers and the council of competitiveness.
The state’s biggest improvement is in the economy category with a spike of eleven points. On the other hand, Oregon did see a 14-point drop in the cost of doing business and a 3-point decline in the education category.
The states received those points based on their rankings in each of 10 categories, including quality of life and access to capital. The Josephine County Chamber of Commerce says they are seeing a slow but upward trend in their small business growth.
The top five states on the list were Texas, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina and North Dakota. Business leaders hope Oregon will continue to climb closer to the top through the implementation of programs like ‘Bussiness Xpress’. That’s a tool just announced by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown recently that can help entrepreneurs navigate the process of starting a new operation.
The online resource can quickly provide information and services business leaders need to complete tasks without having to understand state agency jargon – a move officials feel will attract more young owners, like Jessica Sayer, owner of Bug-A-Boo, a baby boutique off G Street in Grants Pass.
Sayer also says resources like the Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center is helping to ensure her continued success.