The new program should streamline the processes for businesses to do business in Canby

Making the business location process quick and easy is the impetus behind something new from the city of Canby – the OpenCounter program.

The city is celebrating the unveiling of OpenCounter at a pair of open houses Wednesday, June 4, at the Canby Police facility, 1175 NW Third Ave. The first will be 10 a.m. for real estate leaders, brokers, property owners and professionals working with businesses to learn how to use OpenCounter for clients.

A second workshop will be at 6 p.m. and is targeted more for business and community leaders. At 7:30 p.m., the Canby City Council will introduce the program officially.

The workshops will include a chance to hear from Peter Koht, founder of OpenCounter, and learn more about the new tool designed to help business flourish in Canby.

At its heart, OpenCounter will provide fast, easy and comprehensive information on the Canby business location process online all day, every day.

The program is designed to ask the right questions, in the right order, so business owners see the requirements, fees and processing time for their business and proposed location. Businesses will receive a customized report based on their specific needs.

“OpenCounter brings our services into the digital age,” said Renate Mengelberg, economic development director for Canby. “Not only does it help entrepreneurs scope out new opportunities in Canby, it gives us great data to guide the development of new economic vitality policies and programs.”

As the economy has improved, Canby has attracted more and more business interest. Every day, people are looking for locations to either start a business or expand their existing one.

The city wants to make the process as informative, user friendly and simple as possible.

The past process for dealing with city government relied on pen, paper and in-person visits to the city offices. That can seem overwhelming at times, and the city of Canby decided it needed to change. Hence, it took a progressive step forward to streamline the process, making it easier to understand and navigate.

The new system will also collect metrics on new business development activities to inform the city’s economic development strategies, including which neighborhoods or districts have the most commercial activity and what kinds of businesses are starting – and what job generation numbers they can boast, according to Mengelberg.

“Canby’s investment in OpenCounter is part of its overall strategy to encourage small business development and local economic vitality,” according to Mengelberg. “Residents and business owners alike enjoy the high quality of life that Canby offers. OpenCounter makes their first experience a positive one.

To access OpenCounter, go to

For more information, contact Renate Mengelberg, Canby Economic Development director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 503-266-0701.

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