Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit

Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been extended through 2025. This is an incentive for employers to broaden their job applicant pools and hire from certain groups of people who may need assistance finding jobs such as: Unemployed or disabled military veterans Long-term unemployed Temporary Assistance for Needy Family…

Prioritized PPP Loan Applications for Businesses with 20 or Fewer Employees

The Biden Administration announced that it is opening a special two-week period for businesses with less than 20 employees to apply for PPP assistance before the March 31 deadline. The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees, beginning…

Mechatronics Program Request

PCC is developing a mechatronics program designed to meet industry’s evolving needs in the areas of electrical and mechanical maintenance and automation. We recognize that “Mechatronics” is a broad field, and have focused our program design on the following objectives: Program content should be highly relevant to local industries and employers’ needs,…

Smart Manufacturing Survey from University of California, Irvine: Your chance to voice your opinion!

Do you work in a small or medium manufacturing firm (fewer than 500 employees)? Or do you work with such companies as a consultant? Consider donating 10-15 minutes of your time! You could win a gift card of $500! With your help, this will be the largest national study ever…

New Alliance Announced to Serve Mid-Willamette Valley Businesses

In Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, the partnership of Chemeketa Community College, the Small Business Development Center, the Willamette Workforce Partnership, the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, and the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership form a coalition of organizations with resources designed to strengthen the region’s manufacturers…

Ten Important Considerations You Don’t Want to Miss In Your Manufacturing Facility Layout

It is common for manufacturers to reconsider their use of space for a number of reasons, including an expiring lease, outgrowing the existing space due to new products or increased sales, the addition of new technology / equipment, or the need to consolidate to a smaller footprint. Good news: there…

Payroll Tax Considerations for Remote Workers and a Checklist to Mitigate Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased remote work arrangements and dramatically altered work sites and offices. Some of those new arrangements may include employees working in states where the employer hasn’t previously conducted business or had a taxable presence. If your employees are working from other states—or even other countries—there could…

Supplier Scouting with OMEP

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and create two-thirds of net new jobs that drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. During this difficult time, manufacturers are looking for any opportunity to not only support their bottom line but also ramp up production of critically needed items. Enter the…

Manufacturing Resource Meeting: You’re Invited!

Every other week OMEP joins Prosper Portland to host a statewide Manufacturing Resource Meeting discussion. This a casual conversation and open discussion time for manufacturers from across the state to share the challenges and successes they’re facing, connect with one another and learn from an expert. During these meetings…

How Relay Resources Can Help Solve 4 Common Manufacturing Challenges

Manufacturing companies in the Pacific Northwest are diverse, ranging from food production to microchips and everything in between, but one thing all manufacturers have in common is a desire to maximize effort, time, and money. Wherever your manufacturing business is in its lifecycle, you can tap…