Tillamook Economic Development “Level Up” Program Launches New Entrepeneurial Program with Opportunity for Businesses

Level Up Tillamook is a community initiative committed to developing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tillamook County to strengthen existing small businesses and innovators, and support the emergence of new ones.

The Tillamook Economic Development Council, Small Business Development Center and numerous community partners embarked on a project to build support for our Tillamook entrepreneurs.  The group applied for and received a grant from the Ford Family Foundation’s Growing Rural Oregon initiative. (See links below for story and more information.)

As a results “Level Up Tillamook” was born.  As part of this project, events are planned to encourage networking between current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. “We hope a good way to accomplish this is with ‘Pub Talks’,” shared EDCTC director Terre Cooper. “Besides great networking and delicious appetizers, the events will highlight a short presentation on an interesting, relevant business topic presented by a subject matter expert. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to share and learn from each other.”

The Pub Talks will feature “mini pitch sessions” as qualifying rounds for the First Annual Tillamook Pitch Competition.  The Mini-Pitch is an elevator pitch competition – an elevator pitch is a concise, compelling introduction to a business or idea that can be communicated in the amount of time it takes to ride an elevator (no more than three minutes.)  The competition is open to small business owners wanting to launch a new product or service and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Tillamook County.  A well-planned elevator pitch can open doors to success for future entrepreneurial endeavors and gives participants a change to move on to the First Annual Tillamook Pitch Finale to be held on January 13, 2024 with a first-place prize of $10,000.

The Pub Talk Pitch Contests will be held in north, central and south Tillamook County:

Pacific City at Pelican Brewing on October 5th from 5:30 to 7 pm

Manzanita at Pine Grove Community House on October 12th from 5:30 to 7 pm

Tillamook at The Rendezvous on October 19th from 5:30 to 7 pm

For more information about the Pitch Contest and the guidelines, go to or Contact EDCTC and the Level Up staff at 503-842-8222 ext. 1430 or email to

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