Profile: Dylan Dekay-Bemis
Six months into his position Tigard’s Economic Development Coordinator, Dylan Dekay-Bemis, wondered if local entrepreneurs with great ideas had the tools to turn their dreams a reality. Knowing that starting a small business can be overwhelming, he created a step-by-step guide to help new businesses get started.
1. Tell me about your job, what’s a typical day like?
A typical day consists of one-on-one meetings with the hardworking local business owners that make Tigard thrive. These meetings allow me to build relationships and learn more about their needs. I also manage Tigard’s business incentive programs and a major infrastructure project off Hunziker Street, which will lead to the creation of hundreds of new jobs for local residents.
2. Why did you create the “10 Steps to Starting a Small Business” guide?
I talk with a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs who have great ideas but are unsure of how to turn their vision into a viable business. This guide simplifies the daunting process of starting a new business by providing a clear roadmap. Information on the city’s accompanying webpage also includes resources on support services for women- and minority-owned businesses, which can spur entrepreneurism in underrepresented segments of the business community.
3. How do your efforts help the people/businesses here in Tigard?
We connect local business owners with the tools they need to start, grow and succeed. Many city programs create incentives to ensure high-growth companies stay and grow in Tigard, rather than move to a new market. This helps to create new jobs for local residents and improves the city’s tax base.
4. What would you like to see in the near future?
I am excited about big changes coming to the area off Hunziker Street later this year. Infrastructure projects in that area will kick-start construction of industrial space that will be filled by new businesses and create more jobs for residents. I’m also looking forward to a starting a project that will highlight and market Tigard’s tourist attractions to visitors in the Portland region and beyond. Did you know that Tigard is the indoor recreation capital of Oregon?