Support services and low-cost loans
Pendleton’s Jump Start program provides support services and low-cost loans to businesses that wish to locate or expand in downtown Pendleton. We also provide loans to building owners who want to renovate commercial spaces.
Pendleton Urban Renewal District:
Jump Start Loan Guidelines:
Business Plan Assistance
A smart business plan can make the difference between the success or failure of your business. Our partner, the Small Business Development Center at Blue Mountain Community College, provides free consultations for writing your business plan.
You must have a business plan to apply for our low-interest loans. Many banks also require a business plan before they will loan money to businesses.
Jump Start Business Loans
Low-interest loans are available to support the purchase of business equipment, renovation of building interiors or working capital for start-up expenses such as utilities, rent, etc.
Businesses that receive a Jump Start loan will also receive a one-time $1,000 bonus grant for each fulltime employee job (not including business owners) generated as result of the new or expanding business, payable after one year of operation. The grant will be applied to your loan balance first, with any remainder paid by check.
Reduced pricing and free services
- Access to training and a mentor or business consultant (i.e.: Quick Books, website optimization, customer service, window display techniques) through the Small Business Development Center.
- 75% savings on business license fee for the current year.
- Free Mystery Shopper service: get an honest evaluation of your business practices.
- Reduced pricing for your first year of Chamber membership, plus three free months of Internet service from Wtechlink.
The Urban Renewal District
This area covers a large section of the city between the Umatilla River and the railroad and between the east and west ends of town. See map.