The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Construction, Engineering, Building Materials & Products from Moss Adams

Thanks to the generosity of Moss Adams, we’re able to share insights from their Construction, Engineering, Building Materials & Products Market Monitor with you. The Market Monitor keeps you abreast of events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide these industries. READ MORE >…

Join the Built Oregon Marketplace

Calling all Direct to Consumer Manufacturers Built Oregon has Launched an Oregon Products Online Marketplace, and You’re Invited to Join All Oregon-based direct-to-consumer manufacturers are invited to join the Built Oregon Marketplace. As a not-for-profit Built Oregon has established a low-cost route to market that showcases local sellers,…

Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses

Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of…

American Made Challenge

Accelerator for U.S. Domestic Energy and Global Business Opportunities The American-Made Challenges incentivize the nation’s entrepreneurs to strengthen American leadership in energy innovation and domestic manufacturing. These new challenges seek to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale by accelerating the cycles of learning from…