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West Linn adding small business resource center

'Home base' will be located in library


With the goal of providing a “home base” for local small businesses, West Linn plans to open a new small business resource center.

The resource center will be located in a vacated office space inside the West Linn Library, and should be open by the end of the summer according to Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt.

“For a couple years, we’ve been hearing, especially from the business community, that having a home base where you could do face-to-face business would be helpful,” Wyatt said. “We had office space open in the library and realized it was the perfect place for a small business center.”

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Based on planning from the economic development committee, Community Development Director Chris Kerr and Library Director Holly Mercer, the center is slated to include conference space for up to 12 people, Internet Capabilities, color copying, audio-visual equipment and perhaps even notary services.

Those plans may be altered or improved upon based on feedback garnered from a survey that is available online.

“We just wanted to make sure the things we brainstormed are what people are interested in,” Wyatt said. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t have an idea for what we needed without asking them.

The project is the latest addition to the city’s ongoing effort to foster economic development, arriving on the heels of the arch bridge-Bolton town center storefront studio workshops and the adoption of the 2014 city council goals — which pinpointed economic development as a priority.

“The library seemed like a natural place to do this,” Wyatt said. “Because there’s so many places to do research, and there are business development opportunities at the library. Among the top concerns for local businesses, according to Wyatt, are social media marketing technology, search engine optimization and learning directly from other businesses.

The city has asked for survey answers to be submitted by May 10 at the latest. The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/s/BMFNC8R.

Interested parties may also contact Kerr at 503-723-2538 to provide feedback.


By Patrick Malee
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