Doing Business in Wasco County

The information provided below is your all inclusive stop for resources to do business in Wasco County, Oregon. Whether you’re wanting to start, sustain, grow, or locate your business please contact the Port or one of our partner organizations for assistance.

Wasco County Business Resources

Agency Program Description  Contact  Phone Website
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Gap loans and financing for companies creating new jobs. MCEDD can help determine which loan program (or combination of programs) best suits your needs. Eric Nerdin 541-296-2266
Oregon Investment Board (OIB) Loans and grants in the National Scenic Area. Grants are generally made to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies. Amanda Hoey 541-296-2266
City of The Dalles Wasco County’s Enterprise Zones: areas in which businesses may benefit from favorable tax credits and other incentives. Dan Durow 541-296-5481 x 1128
Port of The Dalles Real estate incentives, fee waivers or reductions, and financing options for Port properties. Andrea Klaas 800-901-7678
MCCOG A certified WorkSource Center and One-Stop, is the sole administrator of Workforce Investment Act Oregon services in the Columbia Gorge. MCCOG provides a variety of programs for both youth and adults to help them achieve their education and employment goals.
Gorge OEN The mission of Gorge OEN is to foster business growth and employment opportunities. Gorge OEN produces PubTalk and the Gorge Angel Conference which brings entrepreneurs together to explore, exchange and nurture start up ideas; connect with service providers and business colleagues and introduces investors to promising ventures.


State and Federal Business Resources

Agency Program Description  Contact  Phone Website
Oregon Business Development Department Visit to learn more about financing and incentives available in Oregon, including: Oregon Business Development Fund, Oregon CAP, Oregon Commercial Mortgage Program, Oregon Community Development Block Grant, Oregon Industrial Development Revenue Bond Program. Carolyn Meece 541-298-4140
USDA Rural Development In partnership with the private sector and community-based organizations, USDA provides financial assistance and business planning. BP helps fund projects that create or preserve quality jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. The financial resources of BP are often leveraged with those of other public and private credit source lenders to meet business and credit needs in under-served areas.  1-800-670-6553


Business Development Resources

Agency Program Description  Contact  Phone Website
CGCC Small Business Development Center A team of experienced technology business executives are available to provide emerging technology growth companies with business consulting services free of charge. Jeff Nichol 541-506-6121 Visit SBDC website
Port of The Dalles Information about Port of The Dalles properties, businesses, and development. Andrea Klaas 800-901-7578 Visit Port website
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce The Chamber is composed of citizens and businesses who invest time and money in joint efforts to advance civic, industrial, commercial, agricultural and general interests of the area. Lisa Farquharson 541-296-2231 Visit The Dalles Chamber website
Main Street The Dalles Aims to develop and promote a healthy prosperous downtown within the context of cultural and historic preservation Matthew Klebes 541-370-2966