Welcome to the Tillamook County Small Business Development Center!
Tillamook County is nestled between the Oregon Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean. Famous for trees, cheese and the ocean breeze, there is much more to the county’s thriving economy. Tillamook County is a patchwork quilt of many small communities that house hundreds of small businesses – most of which have fewer than five employees. These communities rely on the SBDC to be their go-to resource for access to mostly free services that help their businesses thrive and grow.
The Tillamook SBDC, hosted in Tillamook Bay Community College, serves all variety of businesses, from small commercial fishermen to restaurateurs to manufacturers. The tourism industry is one of our fastest-growing market segment, as the world continues to discover this slice of paradise. We offer free, confidential one-on-one advising for businesses in every phase of development, from a rough idea to a small empire. Our workshops allow clients to interact with each other and explore common areas of need.
We love what we do. All of us have entrepreneurial backgrounds and know the pros and cons of being a business owner. We are here to help you realize your dream, whatever that may be.
Contact us and we will help you unlock your business potential.
Leon Telesmanich Director, Tillamook Bay SBDC
We started with a plot of land and without the SBDC we wouldn’t be here.
"Leon is genuine. He likes working with others, is cooperative and friendly. Leon leads by example and holds himself to a high standard."
Why do you do what you do?
I am excited to have an opportunity to help our community's small businesses! My background has been working for medium and large corporations, and I believe working with small businesses will provide a greater connection with the people I may help. The importance of small business to Tillamook County's economy and employment motivates me to succeed.
Leon Telesmanich is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance/Law. He has spent a 25-year career in sales and business management. He knows the benefits that come from collaboratively working with others, appreciates the value of customer service and the goodwill that comes with a fine reputation. Recognizing the professional and personal help he has been given by so many people over the years, Leon is inspired to be a positive influence in the lives of others. As a resident of Tillamook County, he is a stakeholder in the health of the local economy and its small businesses. The challenges ahead will hold opportunities for many rewarding experiences.