Support Little League

  La Grande Little League Would you like to advertise in our All Star District Program? Help support La...

Savings-Match Funds

  Savings-Match Funds Running Out; Don’t Wait to Apply People of low to moderate income who seek funds for...

Public Notice: NEOEDD Board Meeting

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is holding a board meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 1:30 p.m....

Free Family Fun Day

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY in the Valley of Peace, 10-5:00 Saturday June 20th at La Grande Riverside Park. A...

La Grande to Host 2015 TrackTown Youth League

All-Comers Meet on Wednesday, June 3   WHAT:   La Grande will host the fifth meet of the 2015...

Free Family Fun Day

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY in the Valley of Peace, 10-5:00 Saturday June 20th La Grande Riverside Park. A Multicultural,...

Drug Free Relay

Drug Free Relay Sponsorship Time! Sign Up to Sponsor Today!

From The Chamber

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter May 13, 2015 Our Mission To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and...

Special Opportunity for Business Assistance

Are you interested in raising capital for a business? NEOEDD wants to help! ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 30, 2015) –...

Local-investing guru Marco Vangelisti in NE Oregon

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 27, 2015) – The Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3)continues its examination of the power of...

Support Little League

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La Grande Little League
Would you like to advertise in our All Star District Program?

Help support La Grande Little Leagues

The tournament runs through the week of July 3rd.
20 teams from surrounding counties and towns will be visiting.

An AD or Coupon runs $50 for a business card size,
or $150 for a half-page.

Email your as to
bhines@eou.edu

Taking AD’s until Wednesday, July 1st by 9am.
Please provide as size and payment
All ads will be in black and white

For more information please contact Bren Dunlap at 541-910-3767
 
Thank you for your support!
Union County Chamber of Commerce | 541-963-8588 | unioncountychamber.org 
 

  July 1, 2015

Savings-Match Funds

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Savings-Match Funds Running Out; Don’t Wait to Apply

People of low to moderate income who seek funds for a business enterprise or for education expenses are encouraged to investigate a program that Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) administers called “Individual Development Account” (IDA). IDAs provide a 3-to-1 savings match. Someone who saves $1,000 and completes the program will receive an additional $3,000. Up to $12,000 total!

“The IDA program is not a grant, it’s an earned incentive coupled with goal-setting, education and practical experience saving over a period of 6 to 36 months,” says NEOEDD’s executive director, Lisa Dawson, “it’s essentially a financial-responsibility program. The matched funds can put a good dent into a NE Oregonian’s higher education bill, or pay for the equipment, signage, computer, or other investments needed to launch or improve a business.”

NEOEDD has helped well over 100 NE Oregonians plan for their futures by saving with an IDA. As of June of this year, NEOEDD has leveraged $577,385 in matched funds—that’s a half-million extra dollars that have circulated into our region. Another $204,470 is pledged to NE Oregon savers who are currently participating in the program. Once accepted, program participants receive free business-planning and money-management classes, helping them build fiscal responsibility and saving habits that can last a lifetime.

The 2015 income limits for eligibility are as follows; people must be under the limit listed to qualify. There are also limits to net worth.

 

Persons in Family or Household

Yearly Income for Oregon IDA Eligibility

 

1

$35,050

 

2

$40,050

 

3

$45,050

 

4

$50,100

 

5

$56,820

 

6

$65,140

 

7

$73,460

 

8

$81,780

 

This year, NEOEDD is also offering access to credit-building loans in conjunction with new IDA accounts. If you need to establish or repair your credit history, these loans could help. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this program (including its income limits) can visit NEOEDD’s website (http://neoedd.org/content/individual-development-accounts), or call the office at 541-426-3598.

 

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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  June 23, 2015

Public Notice: NEOEDD Board Meeting

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Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is holding a board meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third St., in Baker City. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public. Please contact the office for a meeting agenda.

 

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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  June 12, 2015

Free Family Fun Day

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FREE FAMILY FUN DAY in the Valley of Peace, 10-5:00 Saturday June 20th at La Grande Riverside Park. A Multicultural, Earth Friendly, Art and Music Celebration. Start Summer on a Positive Note! Everything is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Sad to announce my storage unit was broken into and some things were stolen. Thankful they left the bouncy house! But they did take all the pop-up tent canopies. So, can anyone please loan me a tent canopy for Hog Wild Days on June 5th – 7th? Thank you

* We will be at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday with Garden Plants for sale and Coloring-sheet Flyers to advertise the event.

Please help the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY to be successful by sharing your knowledge, expertise, stories, gifts, talent, etc. Call Karen at 541 805-1087.

We are excited to offer more local entertainment this year, featuring; ELWOOD, Mary Anne Zimmerman, Pete Elder, and More. Thank you for sharing your talent! Musicians of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun.

The Free Family Fun Day event is a great opportunity to contact visitors and community members, and to interact with parents and children of all ages. Please share your group or organization this year.

We appreciate those who have agreed to participate in this year’s event;

Speel-ya Club, Eastern Oregon University; Thank you to Bob Floyd and Chuck Hart for volunteering to bring a Ti-pi and offer story-telling!

Robert Kleng offered to do a family activity with Head Start!

Jan Alberts, Parent Provider Consultant, Child Care Resource & Referral,

Kathy Arnoldus, Fire prevention, La Grande Ranger District,

and Marc Sanson, Executive Director, Oregon Rural Action.

We are grateful to the Oregon Cultural Trust and Union County Cultural Coalition for awarding a grant to the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY event.

Thank you Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, and Union Schools for distributing the Free Family Fun Day event flyers!

Thank you Jean Holsborn-Stopke for donating 30 packs of garden seeds for our free garden plants.

Thank you Tiffany Vaughn for donating lots of Coffee Cans for Arts & Crafts, Drum making.

To participate or volunteer please call Karen at 541 805-1087.

  May 30, 2015

La Grande to Host 2015 TrackTown Youth League

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, May 22, 2015
All-Comers Meet on Wednesday, June 3
 
WHAT:
 
La Grande will host the fifth meet of the 2015 TrackTown Youth League season on Wednesday, June 3 at Eastern Oregon University.  The TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Health & Services is a series of free all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 8-14.  Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbojav.  No prior track & field experience is needed.  Top finishers will advance to a Championship Meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon following the USA Track & Field Championships on June 27.  The La Grande meet is being organized by Eastern Oregon University Cross Country/Track and Field Head Coach Ben Welch.  
 
Participants may register in person at the meet or online at tracktownyouthleague.com.
 
The TrackTown Youth League is a partnership developed by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.  More than 500 kids throughout Oregon participated in the inaugural TrackTown Youth League last year, culminating with a special championship meet at Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships.  View video and photos from last year’s meets.
 
“We are thrilled to share a little bit of the magic of TrackTown USA with young people across the state of Oregon,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA.  “I encourage kids of all ability levels to come out to our TrackTown Youth League meet on June 3 at Eastern Oregon University.”
 
WHEN:
Wednesday, June 3
Registration opens at 4:00 p.m.
Meet begins at 5:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Eastern Oregon University Track
6th St. and G. Avenue, La Grande
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Chad Colwell
805.990.5731
 
The TrackTown Youth League is supported by:  Providence Health & Services, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and the Clark Foundation.
 
The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity.
 
TrackTown USA is a non-profit organization based in Eugene that has been instrumental in making Oregon the destination for track and field in the United States.
 
For more information:  tracktownyouthleague.com
 
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  May 22, 2015

Free Family Fun Day

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY in the Valley of Peace, 10-5:00 Saturday June 20th La Grande Riverside Park. A Multicultural, Earth Friendly, Art and Music Celebration. Start Summer on a Positive Note! Everything is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Please help the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY to be successful by sharing your knowledge, expertise, stories, gifts, talent, etc. Call Karen at 541 805-1087.

We are grateful to the Oregon Cultural Trust and Union County Cultural Coalition for awarding a grant to the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY event.

The coloring sheet/flyer (Please see attachment) will be shared with elementary students at all of the schools in our valley. Thank you Cove, Elgin, Imbler, La Grande, and Union schools for distributing the Free Family Fun Day event flyers!

Thank you Jean Holsborn-Stopke for donating 30 packs of garden seeds for our free garden plants.

Thank you Tiffany Vaugn for donating lots of Coffee Cans for Arts & Crafts, Drum making.

The Free Family Fun Day event is a great opportunity to contact visitors and community members, and to interact with parents and children of all ages. Please share your group or organization this year.

We appreciate those who have agreed to participate in this year’s event;

Kathy Arnoldus, Fire prevention, La Grande Ranger District,

Jan Alberts, Parent Provider Consultant, Child Care Resource & Referral, and Marc Sanson, Executive Director, Oregon Rural Action.

We are excited to offer more local entertainment, featuring; ELWOOD, Mary Anne Zimmerman, Pete Elder, and More. Thank you for sharing your talent! Musicians of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun.

See Elwood at the La Grande Farmers’ Market this Saturday 5-23-15!

We hope to be at the Farmers’ Market soon with Garden Plants for sale and Coloring-sheet Flyers to advertise the event. I have seedlings and plants taken from cuttings to offer for sale as a fund raiser, and to give away at the event. The Sunflowers, Marigolds, Chocolate Peppermint plants, Onion starts, Purple Flowering Beans, and Strawberry plants are big and healthy. The tiny flowers and herbs are growing and should be ready to go soon.

To participate or volunteer please call Karen at 541 805-1087.

 

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  May 20, 2015

Drug Free Relay

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Drug Free Relay Sponsorship Time!

Sign Up to Sponsor Today!

  May 19, 2015

From The Chamber

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, May 14, 2015
Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
May 13, 2015


Our Mission
To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and leadership that fosters economic growth 
and community involvement.


#YouInUnionCounty

Events for May 13 – May 20
Events and Community Calendar
 
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of May 13th.
The week of the 6th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • EOU Theatre Program Presents: “No Sex Please, We’re British!”
  • Chamber Lunch ‘N Learn
  • Live Music Ten Depot Street: Hillstomp
  • Irish Session at Bear Mountain Pizza
  • EOU Indian Arts Festival & Powwow
  • 10th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
  • Ag Timber Parade in Island City
  • Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar: Friday & Saturday
  • Annual M.E.R.A. Clean Up
  • Triple G Fun Run
  • 3rd Annual Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament
  • Live Music Ten Depot Street: Jared Mitchell
Visit the community calendar at 
www.unioncountychamber.org
 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
Colloquium features a conversation about collaboration with Mayor Clements
News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement

541-962-3585 or lhancock@eou.edu

 

Steve Clements, business faculty member and current mayor of La Grande, is the guest presenter for the next colloquium at EOU Thursday, May 14.

 

Clements invites participants to share their ideas and energy during a casual conversation about community and opportunities. His presentation, “A Vision of Collaboration: How EOU Serves and Can Serve the Community,” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception follows and the event will be streamed live at https://new.livestream.com/eou/events/3747597.

 

As an essential social, cultural and economic member of La Grande, EOU plays an integral role in the community. Clements poses the question of how La Grande can leverage this EOU relationship for community development.

 

A list of related resources provided by Pierce Library is available for more in-depth information on this topic. Visit http://library.eou.edu/colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series call MJ Heather at 541-962-3316.

Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) ANNUAL Cleanup and Trail Work Day, May 16, 2015, Owsley Canyon Trailhead

 

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Trail maintenance and enhancement, pruning, signage, etc. Come for the day, or as much time as you can spare.  Gloves, boots, water, appropriate clothing. Tools will be provided but, bring your own favorite if you have one. One large can of gumption. BBQ lunch provided at the Owsley Canyon Trailhead courtesy of Lance Colburn/BMSTC.  For more information, contact Lance Colburn (541.786.0372), or Sean Chambers Union County (541.963-1319).

Sponsorship Time for the Dirty Poker Run!
The first year got off to a great start and now you can help make the second year even better!
 
Eastern Oregon University
Alumnus named Eastern Oregon University president

An Eastern Oregon University alumnus has been selected as the institution’s 12th president.

Tom Insko, area manager of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region in La Grande, will assume his new role July 1, the same date EOU’s Board of Trustees will also take on governance responsibility for the university. Jay Kenton, current interim EOU president, is retiring in June.

 

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Liberty Theatre Fundraiser
There is nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s even better when you can enjoy it with your friends and support and amazing cause!

Join the Liberty Theatre Foundation at the Market Place (1011 Washington) on Saturday, June 27th at 5:30 PM for an Old-Fashioned Dessert Social to help support the restoration of the Liberty.

The event will include family vacation raffles, games, live music and tours of the Liberty. All ages are welcome to attend!

Tickets will be available to purchase at the door or at the Farmer’s Market beginning May 30th. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids under 10 and $20 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

If you would like to volunteer or assist with making desserts, please contact Kara Rudd at (541)910-4309.

For more information or how to purchase tickets, contact Chantell Cosner at (541)626-0351.


 
Interactive “Tunnel of Oppression” inspires individuals to take action

 

Eastern Oregon University students and community members are invited to participate in the “Tunnel of Oppression” Friday and Saturday, May 15-16.

 

This interactive program includes a tour through a series of rooms focusing on different oppressive actions and reactions toward marginalized populations. Groups of eight to 10 people at a time will experience the oppression represented in each room. The themes this year are racism, homophobia, poverty, Native American and body image.

 

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The Joseph Branch Rail Riders are Ready to Roll Out this Summer!

They will open May 16th and end Oct 4th, 4 days a week, Friday thru Monday. Reservations are not required but suggested. May 23rd is their Grand Opening to be held at their store front 304 N Main, Joseph, OR 97846 from 8am to 4 pm. 

Learn more by visiting the 

  

Wildhorse Casino Events and Activities for May
Spring is here and why not spend some of your fun spring time at the Wildhorse Casino!
 
Download the events and activities list by clicking HERE.
 
La Grande Rotary Club Meetings
The La Grande Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Northeast Oregon Public Transit Building behind the Social Security Office from 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. 
 
2205 Cove Ave. La Grande (behind the Social Security Office).

Chamber Updates
Pack a lunch and visit the Chamber for our
“Chamber Lunch ‘N Learn”
Thursday, May 14, 12pm – 1pm
(Members Only)

Kevin Jeffries, Consumer Liaison for the Oregon Insurance Division, will be on hand discussing the info from the Small Business Guide so bring your lunch and come learn about business and insurance. 
 
Click here to download a digital copy of the small business guide as a warm up for the meeting.
 
207 Depot St., La Grande, Oregon 97850
Questions? Call 541-963-8588 or email Kristen.
*Members Only*

La Grande Farmer’s Market Opens 
Saturday, May 16, 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Max Square, corner of 4th St. and Adams Ave. in La Grande.
 
Visit them online by clicking here.

Be sure to visit our members!
 
Rosewood Cottage,
1801 Adams Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850
 
Fitzgerald Flowers,
1414 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
 
Blue Mountain Outfitters,
1124 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
 
The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery,
Corner of 6th & Penn, La Grande, OR 97850
Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

 

The Tenth Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival will be held May 15 – 17, 2015. Click here for the complete list of events. 

Click here for their website.

  

La Grande Main Street – Eastern Oregon Beer Festival
The Eastern Oregon Beer Festival is sneaking up around the corner; ready to jump out and ensnare in its delicious bear hug of joy. Here’s some handy info for you to check out, drool over, and get excited for!
 
Want to know what delicious beer you’ll be tapping? Click here.
 
Want to know what awesome music you’ll be swinging to? Click here.
 
The cost? Thought you’d never ask!
Click here.
 
Elgin, Oregon  
Elgin City-Wide Clean-up Day
Saturday, May 16 — Elgin Stampede Grounds

Everyone served by the US Post Office should have received the flyer about the annual Clean-Up Day. 

CHANGES: Time — 8 a.m. to 12 noon only

NO wet household garbage
NO tires with rims
NO refrigerators or freezers

Please check your flyer for further details. 

Volunteer helpers are needed!

Cove, Oregon  

Help Us Grow the Cherry Fair

 

Since it was reintroduced the third Saturday in August of 2000, the Cove Cherry Fair has enjoyed 14 fun and successful years. With current plans well underway to kick off the 2015 Cove Cherry Fair, we are finding ourselves in need of help, and new energy.

 

Click to read more .

 
 
 
 
 
The Union County Economic Development Corporation
invites you to explore why in Union County…
 
Visit their website and download their newsletter.
 
La Grande School District
The new Key Communicator for May is out and available for download!
 

 

For over 100 years, OSU Extension’s mission has been to convey research-based knowledge in a way that is useful for people to improve their lives, their homes, and their communities.  Visit your Union Co. Extension office online by clicking here.

 

Keep up to date with local program newsletters! Click Here!

 

4-H Youth Development – Family & Community Health – Field Crops – Forestry & Natural Resources – Livestock – Master Gardener Program

  

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Are you a Chamber member with news to share for the Chamber Times?
Then it’s time for you to email me at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
We are looking for articles, every month, to share with our amazing Chamber peeps!  Email me today with 1/2 – 1 page write up and you could see it in a future publication!
   

  May 14, 2015

Special Opportunity for Business Assistance

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, May 7, 2015

Are you interested in raising capital for a business? NEOEDD wants to help!

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 30, 2015) – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is now accepting letters of interest from business owners who would like to receive free training and technical assistance in order to raise funds through the Community Public Offering, a new law that allows Oregon businesses to raise up to $250,000 through small investments by fellow Oregonians (up to $2,500 per person). NEOEDD is teaming up with Hatch Innovation to support a cohort of businesses with preparation for fund-raising beginning in the fall of 2015.

 

In addition to free training and technical assistance, participating businesses will be featured at investor events at which they can pitch their offerings to Oregon investors. Hatch Innovation will help prepare businesses through training in topics such as:

  • Preparing for “Crowd-raising”
  • Your Finances and the Offering
  • Material Factors: Risks and Benefits
  • Getting Ready for Selling Securities
  • Your Business 
  • The Deal, Terms, Trust
  • Your Social Media Plan – Advertising Dos and Don’ts 
  • Meet Your Audience 
  • Pitching, Polishing, the Press, Pinch-hitting, and Promises 
  • Scenario Planning

 

NEOEDD is looking for five businesses interested in receiving free training and technical support in order to raise funds through a Community Public Offering. Interested business owners should contact NEOEDD for instructions on how to apply to be part of the 2015 cohort by calling Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598, or emailing lisadawson@neoedd.org. Letters of interest will be accepted until May 15.

 

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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  May 7, 2015

Local-investing guru Marco Vangelisti in NE Oregon

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, April 29, 2015

image001ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 27, 2015) – The Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3)
continues its examination of the power of local investing by inviting international financial advisor
Marco Vangelisti to speak in La Grande, Enterprise and Baker City.
Vangelisti came to the United States from Italy as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at
the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, he worked as a visual artist
and obtained an MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later managed
investment equity portfolios, primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In 2009
Vangelisti left the finance industry, took all his money out of the stock market and began investing
directly in local businesses. He was instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money
Northern California chapter. Vangelisti wants to share his local investing experience across the country
to help people increase local investing in their communities.
The public events will be held at 6 p.m.:

Monday, May 11
The Little Bagel Shop
1780 Main St. in Baker City

Tuesday, May 12
EOU Inlow Hall, Rm. 201
1 University Blvd. in La Grande

Wednesday, May 13
Red Horse Coffee Traders
306 N Main St. in Joseph

Suggested donation scale $5 to $15; free for students. No registration is required.
NEOC3 is a community partnership that is 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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  April 29, 2015

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