Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

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Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

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In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) offers a free, seven-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Feb. 13 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

 

Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for more than ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan. Dawson is also adding a class to guide entrepreneurs in hiring employees.

 

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the classes are offered free of charge!

 

Workshops take place:

  • Enterprise:  Tuesdays, Feb. 14-28 and Mar. 7-28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
  • Baker City:  Wednesdays, Feb. 15-22 and Mar. 1-29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
  • La Grande: Thursdays, Feb. 16-23 and Mar. 2-30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.

 

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Feb. 10 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email [email protected] Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

 

The workshops last seven weeks, with the following topics:

  • Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
  • Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
  • Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
  • Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
  • Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on product, or marketing materials.
  • Payroll Basics (optional): Legal considerations of hiring employees—what’s required and recommended, and best practices.
  • Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans, share final pitches, and plan for next steps.

 

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:

  • “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
  • “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
  • “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City
  • “I felt included as an important part of training from Day 1. Lisa was able to get us to engage in her workshop activities, even though we were all shy at first.” –Participant in La Grande
  • “It was a fun and safe environment that helped me learn a ton!” –Participant in Enterprise
  • “Lisa made the lessons and process enjoyable and in sections small enough not to be overwhelming.” –Participant in Enterprise
  • “Lisa is a great facilitator—very knowledgeable, patient, gets the class thinking/talking/
    participating/engaged.” –Participant in Baker City
  • “Not once did I go home confused about something.” –Participant in Enterprise

 

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

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  January 9, 2017

Become a Local Business “Angel”

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jan. 3, 2017) – Want to support your neighborhood business? Be a small-town “angel” investor! Typical angel investors look for businesses that can grow quickly and then be sold. Small-town “angels” deal with smaller amounts of money and are interested in the long-term success of a business that will sustain a community, not abandon it.

“How to Be a Smart Local Investor” is a free, 3-hour seminar for people who want to support the entrepreneurs who are the foundation of our economy. The seminar provides a friendly and safe opportunity for participants to develop a personal framework for making investing decisions, and learn how to conduct due diligence and risk assessment. Participants will learn about different investment structures and have time to network.

An article in Forbes magazine (http://tinyurl.com/jaem8o6) notes that “there are between 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. that account for 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs. And, a recent study by Paychex says that small businesses produce 13 times more patents than larger firms.” These small businesses may not be glamorous, but they are the economic engine of our nation. And multi-million-dollar investors are not the only “angel” investors—investments of just hundreds of dollars can make a difference to a local business owner.

How can you help to keep this economic engine running smoothly? Find out at one of our upcoming seminars, taking place at 6 p.m.:

  • Baker City: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
  • La Grande: Thursday, Jan. 19 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
  • Joseph: Monday, Jan. 23 at the Place, 303 S Lake St.

To register, call NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email [email protected]

 

NEOC3 is a community partnership that’s spreading the word about local investing, to educate people about their ability to take more control of their financial futures. The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

 

 

 

 

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  January 3, 2017

From the Chamber

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  November 29, 2016

“How to Be a Smart Local Investor” Seminar Supports “Angels”

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Want to support your neighborhood businesses? Be a small-town “angel” investor! “How to Be a Smart Local Investor” is a free 3-hour seminar for people who want to support the entrepreneurs who keep our economy running. The seminar provides a friendly and safe opportunity for participants to develop a personal framework for making investing decisions, and learn how to conduct due diligence and risk assessment. Participants will learn about different investment structures and have time to network.

Seminars take place 6 to 9 p.m.:

  • La Grande: Dec. 8 at Cook Memorial Library Community Room, 2006 4th St.
  • Baker City: Dec. 12 at Hatch Baker, 2019 Main St.
  • Enterprise: Dec. 13 at Enterprise County Library, 101 NE 1st St.

 

To register, call NEOEDD by Monday, Dec. 5 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email  [email protected].

 

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  November 22, 2016

Local Activities

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  November 2, 2016

“Raising Local Capital” Seminar Helps Entrepreneurs

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As more people become interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities, small business owners can take advantage of these growing alternative funding sources. But which is which? How does a personal loan differ from a crowdfunding campaign? And what is a Community Public Offering (CPO)?

 

Lisa Dawson and Sara Miller of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) are leading the “Raising Local Capital” seminar in November for people who want to learn more about raising business capital from local sources. They will help entrepreneurs understand the different forms of community capital, how to remain compliant with securities law, what motivates investors to invest locally, and the implications of accepting a local investment.

 

The seminar will provide information about the CPO, Oregon’s new Intrastate Offering Exemption that enables Oregon business owners to raise funds from Oregon investors. Participants will leave with an understanding of the time commitment and costs involved with a CPO, as well as be able to assess how ready they are to move forward with one. The seminar is recommended as a prerequisite for any entrepreneur interested in NEOEDD’s upcoming January CPO workshop series.

 

Seminars take place at 6 p.m.:

  • Enterprise:  Nov. 28 at Enterprise Library, 101 NE First St.
  • La Grande: Nov. 30 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
  • Baker City:  Dec. 1 at Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St. 

To register, call NEOEDD by Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email [email protected].

 

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. In 2013, NEOEDD formed a regional collaborative—the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC³)—that holds educational events, organized networking groups, and developed educational workshops. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org or 541-426-3598.

 

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  November 1, 2016

Local Events

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  October 19, 2016

Educational Seminar

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  October 13, 2016

The Buck Stops in NE Oregon

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Local entrepreneur brings Community Public Offering to Wallowa and La Grande

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Sept. 26, 2016) – Oregon has a new law that allows regular folks to invest in Oregon businesses, and encourages Oregon’s entrepreneurs to raise capital from their neighbors. Join Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) staff as they describe the Community Public Offering (CPO) program and its history. Then, Joseph-based Judy Goodman, founder of BGood Bars, will present her actual CPO that is filed with the State of Oregon.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Dry Creek Design
110 E 1st St. in Wallowa

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo
2102 Adams Ave. in La Grande

 

These events are open to the public; no registration is required. Suggested donation to NEOEDD scaled $5 to $15; free for students.

BGood Bars are artisan energy bars that are hand-crafted with unprocessed and often organic ingredients. They are sweetened only with honey and/or the naturally occurring sugars in the fruit, and dipped in “fair trade” dark chocolate. Judy Goodman launched BGood Bars in 2014 and has seen growth ever since, expanding her reach throughout Oregon and Idaho. She recently made her minimum goal for her CPO, a major milestone in the program.

 

“I’m thrilled to have investors who care about the future of my business,” says Judy. “It’s like my own team of cheerleaders, plus they have the potential to gain from my financial success as well.”

 

If you are an Oregon resident, check out Judy’s and other Oregon CPOs at https://secure.hatchoregon.com/.

NEOC3 is a community partnership that’s spreading the word about local investing, to educate people about their ability to take more control of their financial futures. The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

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  October 5, 2016

Office Spaces

Filed under: Information — admin @ Thursday, September 29, 2016
Two office spaces available on the second floor of the historic West Jacobson Building in downtown La Grande.  Each room is 18′ x 10′ (180 square feet), includes a large window, and rents for $150/month.  All utilities included (except wifi and phone).  Other tenants include lawyers, a realtor, a property manager and a masseuse.  Rent one or both rooms.  Call Jennifer at 541-910-4833 for more information.
  
Jennifer Williams

  September 29, 2016

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