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The economic climate in Milton-Freewater is certainly diversified with farming, food processing, small industry and technology playing crucial roles in its stability and overall prosperity. Retailers, professional services, education and further industries are also significant contributors to the region’s economic vitality.

Milton-Freewater is a prime place for business, due to the excellent location near rail, barge and air-cargo services, proximity to several major markets such as Seattle, Portland, Boise and Spokane, a large, highly skilled employee base, low utility rates and a reasonable tax structure.

Milton-Freewater is a prime place for business

Three newspapers assist in keeping local and national news current. The Valley Herald is locally owned and publishes a weekly paper offering news from the community and surrounding area. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin and the East Oregonian are daily publications offering local news and current affairs.

The Small Business Development Center, located at the Pendleton campus of Blue Mountain Community College, provides assistance to new and growing small businesses with services such as free and confidential counseling, training, information and technical assistance. Unmatched educational opportunities provided by several institutions of higher education in the immediate area enhances the list of business support resources.

SYKES, a Business Process Outsource Center, has become an industry leader in the valley. The SYKES brand represents the benchmark in customer service. The top companies in the world rely on SYKES to care for their most valued resource- their customers.

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In Milton-Freewater, a large diverse team of dedicated employees, carry an average tenure of 2.5 years. This site is heralded as one of SYKES’ top call centers. The dedicated staff is proud to service one of our nation’s most impactful financial institutions that serves our military. They also partner with the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., committed to healthy living and a healthy planet.

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Entrepreneurs will find Milton-Freewater the perfect location to start a business. One such business, the recently opened Lazy MF Ranch features a western style market, excellent barbeque meals and a horse resting station. The BBQ and vendor spaces will be open as soon as weather allows in the Spring and will continue until late Fall each year. Special events are planned throughout the season to make this a destination for any local or traveler.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce, as a facilitator in the business community, provides advantageous services and programs for its business members, which benefits the community as a whole.

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