City of Ashland

Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in City of Ashland and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in City of Ashland?

We have compiled the most important aspects of City of Ashland’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in City of Ashland and assistance available to City of Ashland businesses.

Home Occupation Businesses

The City of Ashland encourages home based business through a straight forward and easy to use permitting process. In addition to the home occupation permit, you will also need to complete a business registration/license application.

Commercial/Retail Business

If you are thinking of starting a business in Ashland, here are a few suggestions to assist you in getting the answers and permits you may need. In addition to completing a business registration/license application, it is always recommended to check in with the Community Development Department; who can help you verify that your potential business location is zoned for the type of business you are planning to start.

They can also assist help with any specific occupancy issues your business or site may have, such as Disability requirements, Health Department issues for restaurants and other food service businesses, etc. Additionally, Community Development staff can provide you with preparations and a review needed for the installation of signs for your new business. A sign guide has been developed to step through the sign code requirements for the downtown area.

Community Development Department
Phone: (541) 488-5305
Fax: (541) 488-6006
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Planning Consultation Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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Adam Hanks
Assistant to the City Administrator
City of Ashland, Oregon

20 East Main St, Ashland, OR

Sandra Slattery
Executive Director
Ashland Chamber of Commerce

110 East Main St, Ashland, OR, 97520