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...

This Weekend You’re Winning!

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Social Media Workshop


Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

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From the Chamber

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter March 25, 2015 Our Mission To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and...


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Local-investing guru Marco Vangelisti in NE Oregon

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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

This Weekend You’re Winning!

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From the chamber…


Two weekends left! At the Stage Door Theatre! Get your tickets here


Grand Opening Party! Next Door to Benchwarmers Pub & Grill
Union Class of 2015 Drug Free Grad Night Dinner/Auction Fundraiser. Click here for info.
17th Annual Grande Ronde Run. Wanna get some running in this weekend? Click here.
Union County Chamber of Commerce | 207 Depot St. | La Grande | OR | 97850

  April 25, 2015

Social Media Workshop

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  April 20, 2015

Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

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Haines,Oregon…The people of Haines are looking forward to spring and have developed an opportunity for everyone to celebrate with a music gathering at the Haines United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 9th, beginning at 7:00pm . Organizers have gathered together musicians from Baker City and Haines to present an eclectic mix of musical styles, voices, and instruments.

The evening begins with the acclaimed Bel Canto Choir from Baker High School. This year the group will present several pieces with a spiritual theme. Other performers include the sultry-blues vocals of Gina Glaubke, some traditional favorites from Alice Trindle on violin and Melanie Trindle on the piano. The evening caps with bluegrass music rendered by Duane Boyer on the banjo and Carly Kritchen on the piano.

Organizer, Susan Triplett commented, “This music gathering is a great opportunity to spend an enjoyable evening listening to the musical talent of our area, partake in the dessert social, and support the historic Haines United Methodist Church.” There is no admission fee, but donations will be appreciated. The Haines United Methodist Church is located at 721 Roberts Street. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:00pm, and a dessert social and auction will follow the performance. Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015.

T&T Horsemanship
541-856-3356; Cell Ph: 541-519-7234
Email: tnthorse@eoni.com
Website: www.tnthorsemanship.com

  March 26, 2015

From the Chamber

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Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
March 25, 2015

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

4-H Radio Auction 2015 “Live” On~Air
Saturday, March 28, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
104.7 KCMB Radio
Click here for all the information about this year’s event! 
This auction supplies the total working budget for the Union County 4-H Leaders Association for the 
year. Adult and youth trainings, awards, travel, exchange opportunities and many other items are funded through your generosity and help.
Employee Insurance Through The Chamber
Insurance available through the Chamber?!  How is that possible, you ask?  Check out the flyer at the bottom of the Weekly to find out how!

Eastern Oregon “Spring Into Summer Deals!”
Eastern Oregon Visitors Association is offering tourism suppliers from the region an 
opportunity to participate in the Eastern Oregon Spring Into Summer DEALS  

Are you a Chamber member excited to talk about your business?
  Do you have a great, new products, new employees, fantastic developments or specials you would like to share in the Chamber Times or in the Chamber Weekly?  
Then it’s time for you to email us today, with 1/2 – 1 page write up, at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  

Events for March 25 – April 1
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 March 25th.
The week of the 25th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Tamastslikt: Roots of Wisdom
  • Spring Splash Blast
  • Spring Break Holiday Fun Camp
  • Neon Skate Party
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Thursday Night Comedy at Wildhorse Casino
  • Live Music: JD Kendall & The Eastern Oregon Playboys – Ten Depot Street
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Teen Dip After Dark FREE (Middle School Age)
  • Live Music: Joe Slick Band – Sports Bar/Wildhorse Casino
  • April Fools Kick-Off the Season 2015
  • Giant Kickball Game
  • Anthony Lakes Winter Triathlon
  • Live Music: Hadean Park – Shortstop
  • Live Music: Elwood – Colt Haney – Ten Depot Street
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
Visit the community calendar at 

 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
The Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565)
“Many of Oregon’s historic downtowns are suffering from a downward spiral of dis-investment and neglect. It’s time to turn that around. We can attract new investment to revitalize our Main Streets as desirable places to live, work, and shop.

Restore Oregon is bringing forward legislation (SB 565) in the 2015 session to create a Historic Rehabilitation Fund:

  • Provides a 25% rebate for certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings – stores, hotels, theaters, apartments, fraternal lodges, factories, mills, and other income-producing properties.
  • Targets the most important properties – those listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings must retain historic integrity.
  • Requires a minimum rehab investment of $10,000.”
For the rest of article, 

La Grande Main Street

Hard to believe that we are already planning our flower basket program for the spring and summer months here in La Grande! Each year, LGMSD purchases 30 hanging flower baskets, and hires local residents to water and maintain the plants throughout the season.
This program is in it’s 6th year, and is fully funded by private donations from La Grande businesses and residents. 
In order for the program to go on, we must raise $5000. This year we are trying a new platform to raise money for the program – crowdfunding! If everyone in the community supported the program through a small donation of $10, we can continue the program in year 6. If we can raise more funds, we can increase the number of baskets than we’ve ever had before! Please click the link below to take a look at our crowdfunding campaign, and help spread the word! 



Implementing new recreational marijuana rules comes with plenty of challenges.


The Statesman Journal editorial board recently discussed what the state legislature must do to smoothly introduce the new rules to Oregon.


The Legislature has a duty to work through the intricacies of marijuana policy, just as previous legislatures had to fix glitches in such voter-approved initiatives as the death penalty, lottery, assisted suicide and property tax limits. It becomes critical that every Oregon legislator invest in learning about marijuana science and policy, and especially how legalization has played out in Washington and Colorado.


“We all will be voting on marijuana,” Courtney said of this year’s legislators, “not only in 2015, probably 2016 and probably at least two or three more sessions afterwards to implement this measure. It is a voluminous measure that was placed on the ballot. Voluminous.”


Read on >>>


Elgin to Joseph Branch Rail with Trail 
Come Talk, Question, Learn About “RECREATIONAL TRAILS AS NEIGHBORS” 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Elgin Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Thursday, April 9, 2015, Hurricane Creek Grange-Joseph, 6 to 8 p.m.
Representatives from rural communities similar to ours will be here to discuss
and answer questions about what it took to develop, what it takes to manage,
and what it’s like to have a recreational trail as their  neighbor.  Speakers are from:
  • The 84 mile Weiser River National Recreation Trail, including an adjacent landowner
  • The 100 mile OC&E Wood Line State Trail in Klamath and Lake counties
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department State Trails Coordinator
For more information or if special accommodations are needed contact Kim Metlen at (541) 910-0981 or Dana Kurtz at https://www.eou.edu/rails-with-trails/.
The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association visitor’s guide for 2015 is now available online! 


Click here to be whisked away to the online magazine and start enjoying your copy today!


2015 Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop

How do Children Learn? The Power of Language

This year’s Brain Awareness workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am and the simulcast starts at 10 am in room 013 in the basement of Inlow Hall at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and at the Malheur County Regional Center in Ontario.

The presenter this year is Patricia Kuhl, PhD, from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Services. She will present on How do Children Learn? The Power of Language.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended. Registration will open on February 1st. The cost to participate is $15. Light morning snacks and coffee will be served. Registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

Not a teacher? This workshop is open to everyone!

For more information visit our website at www.eou.edu/neoahec or call (541) 962-3422.


La Grande School District Newsletters
La Grande School District Key Communicator
La Grande Community Exchange Quarterly Newsletter

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Visit our place in the instagram universe by clicking here 

Chamber Updates
Town Hall Meetings with Bill Hansell 
and Greg Barreto

Alongside Representative Greg Barreto (R-Cove), Bill Hansell (R-Athena) and Greg Barreto will be hosting a series of town halls on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.  The locations of these town halls are Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston and Enterprise. 


They will provide their thoughts on the 2015 Legislative Session, discuss legislation they have sponsored, field questions from constituents, as well as seek input from attendees on issues they are currently facing. 


We hope you will be able to attend at least one of these four Town Halls.


Town Hall Schedule


Friday March 27, 2015



When: Friday, March 27 at 12:00 PM

Where: Pendleton Convention Center

            1601 Westgate

            Pendleton, OR 97801


La Grande

When: Friday, March 27 at 6:00 PM

Where: La Grande Flying J Plaza

            63276 Highway 203

            La Grande, OR 97850


Saturday March 28, 2015



Representative Barreto Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 AM

Where: Community Connection Building

            702 NW 1st, ST

            Enterprise, OR 97828



Senator Hansell Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 12:00 PM

Where: Stetson’s Steak House Restaurant

            1619 N First St.

            Hermiston, OR 97838

Eastern Oregon University

Responding to the rural opportunity gap

First spring term colloquium features Tawnya Lubbes, assistant professor of education, sharing ways EOU is serving rural students of color.



Hocking named Oregon Book Award finalist

Justin Hocking, co-founder of the Wilderness Writing Track, is among three finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction.


Senior exhibition offers full “Disclosure”

Explore the work of art majors Alexandra Fuller, Genevieve Gaudreau, Jessie Orduno and Tanner Yarbrough, April 10-May 1.


Cove, Oregon  

The City of Cove’s Mayor and Councilpersons encourage the community to attend monthly council meetings and bring any suggestions you may have. If you have a special topic to bring up, please contact the Recorder at least one week before to get your item on the Council meeting agenda.


Cove City Council meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Cove City Hall.

Cove: The “Cherry Capital” of Union County. Visit them.
Elgin, Oregon  

Coming Soon…The Espresso Wagon. Owner Linda Juniper and her crew are working to put all the pieces together. 


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


The Union County Economic Development Corporation
invites you to explore why in Union County…
Visit their website and download their newsletter.
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).
Proffesional Assistant’s Day – The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery
DEALSEastern Oregon Spring into Summer DEALS

This Week at Wildhorse Resort & Casino Events 



Celebrating 20 Years!

March marks the end of 20 years of nonstop fun and excitement at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. And as you’d expect, we’re celebrating! We are giving away $20,000 every week in the $80,000 Let It Roll celebration.



Wildhorse Resort & Casino is hosting a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition on March 27th at 7pm in Rivers Events Center. Weigh-on will be at 11am. The competition will feature 10 bouts including 8 amateur bouts and 2 professionals; there will be one women’s bout. Tickets are on sale now at www.wildhorseresort.com, by calling box office tickets or in person at the Wildhorse Gift Shop.  Bleacher seats are $38, floor seats are $49, and Premium Seats (Tables of 4) are $300.


Reel Classic Matinee Movies

The Wildhorse Cineplex will be bringing back the classics every Wednesday at 12noon.  For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! 3/25- Tootsie


Gift Cards

Let your someone special Go Wild!  Gift Cards are now available at the Gift Shop, Hotel and Golf Pro Shop.  Or make it a movie night!  Cineplex gift cards are also available at the Wildhorse Cineplex.



****Mark your calendars****


Head ’em up for the Poker Round-Up, April 10-19.

The calendar says it’s March but poker aficionados are already looking ahead to the Spring Poker Round-Up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. With $40,000 added, the 10-day Round-Up is one of the biggest poker tournaments in the Northwest.


Easter Brunch

Enjoy all of your favorites at Traditions Buffet for Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 5 from 9am-3pm for $20.95.  Leg of Lamb, Artisan Ham, a waffle station, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, a breakfast bar and assorted sides plus and Easter Chocolate Fountain.


Easter Plateau

Join us Sunday, April 5


from 11am-7pm in Plateau for Easter.  Menu includes a tapas plate with Duck Confit and King Crab Deviled Eggs.  Your choice of Seasonal Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad or Manhattan Seafood Chowder.  Your choice of Grilled Lamb Loin, Caesar BLT, Braised Rabbit or a Lobster Roll.  Adults are $33, Seniors $27 and Children $14.  Other menu options include Pork Tenderloin, Pendleton Whiskey Steak or a Seafood Mixed Grill.  Of course, great desserts are on the menu as well.  


Food and Beverage


$20 Dining Specials

Available all month long to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.  The Wildhorse Sports Bar will offer a Captain’s Platter, Hot Rock Café will have a Dinner for Two which includes Garden Salad, Beef or Chicken entrée, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Biscuits and Ice Cream (available 3-10pm).  Traditions will have both a breakfast and lunch $20 special.  For Breakfast, Steak for two with two eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.  Traditions lunch will be Grilled New York Steak with grilled shrimp, bleu cheese sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable.  Plateau Fine Dining will be featuring a Family Style Dinner for $20 per person (minimum four people).


Libation Recap

On March 25th, Plateau will choose the favorite libations and food pairings from the month to create a 3 course dinner.  If you missed out on one of the Wednesday events, this is a great way to catch up!  The three course dinner and pairings are offered for $30. Reservations recommended.  Call 541-966-1610.




Let it Roll $80,000 Anniversary Celebration

It’s our 20th Anniversary so we are giving away $20,000 per week!  Every Saturday in March from 2pm-10:30pm.  Hot Seat and Entry Drawings, including one $10,000 Instant Winner!  Any unclaimed prizes will “Let it Roll” over to the final Saturday.  On the final Saturday, we will draw until a winner comes forward.  Earn entries with daily play on your favorite slot machine.


Emerald Club

Every Tuesday, our 55 and over club members receive special offers and discounts!  Spin a prize wheel, earn 2x points, save on food, hotel and more!  Join today by visiting Club Wild, it’s free and easy.  (Please note, Traditions Buffet will not be participating in the Emerald Club on November 11th as they will be offering a free buffet to Veterans.)


5X Stacker Points

Stack up valuable points all month long! Visit each Monday or Thursday to increase your point multiplier!  Monday or Thursday receive 2X points, two weeks 3X points, four weeks 4X points and 5 weeks 5X points!  To receive multiplier, check in each Monday or Thursday at Club Wild before playing!


Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!


Card in n’ Win

It is so simple….play your favorite machine with your Club Wild card in, and you can win!  Bonus screen will appear while you play.  Freeplay winners awarded daily.


Sports Bar


Hoop it up with March Madness at the Wildhorse Sports Bar.

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournamenttips off, Wildhorse Sports Bar will carry all of the Madness. Catch all the tension and drama on our 18 HDTV’s including our 13-foot HD screen as the field narrows down to the Final Four.


Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Thursdays with Live Comedy! Friday and Saturday night, top bands rock the house from 9pm-1am.  Happy Hour from 4-7pm, Sunday-Wednesday, featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers!



Thursday Comedy in the Sports Bar:  8-10pm

March 26       Sean Peabody & Mark G



Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

March 27-28                        Joe Slick Band                          Country/Rock 





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  March 25, 2015


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Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 11, 2015 — Illegal movers operating with unsafe vehicles, improper certification and no licenses continue to cause problems for consumers across the state.  Wednesday, Better Business Bureau assisted Oregon Department of Transportation and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to confront some of the major offenders in the industry.

9 movers were invited to a home in Southeast Portland where Multnomah County Sheriffs Deputies and ODOT agents checked to make sure the movers were operating legally. The companies and their offenses are listed below. None are properly certified with the state and all have been fined.

  • Portland Movers Ready: The driver was subjected to a field sobriety test after deputies say they smelled marijuana on his breath. His passenger is a registered sex offender.
  • Budget Movers: According to ODOT, this company is a repeat offender and has been cited three times for not being properly certified.
  • The Delivery Guys: The owner was driving with a suspended license. Authorities say he has been arrested several times in the past for hit and run, burglary, vandalism, fraud and assault. ODOT says this is the third time they have fined the owner for not being properly certified.
  • Portland Student Movers: ODOT says the company is tied to PDX Premier College Movers, which is a repeat offender. State agents have fined the owner four times for not being properly certified. In addition, the Oregon Department of Justice has an open case against the company.
  • Labor Helpers: Deputies arrested the driver for a suspended license and outstanding traffic violation warrant. His passenger was also arrested for parole violation and heroin possession.

The other companies are Papajack PDX Moving, Handy Haulers, Clear Choice Movers and Robert Murphy-Hendrix. ODOT says there were a total of 19 violations: 9 for operating without a certificate, 4 for operating without a medical card, 2 for not having a fire extinguisher, 1 for an inoperable turn signal, 1 for an inoperable break lamp, 1 for driving while suspended and 1 for driving under the influence.

Video of today’s operation is available online at BBB’s YouTube channel.

Together with ODOT, BBB encourages consumers to check closely before hiring a mover.

  • Check for certification. Intrastate movers must apply for certification through ODOT’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division.  The process requires movers to go through criminal background checks and they must charge rates approved by ODOT.
  • Hire movers with vehicles in good working condition. Both the vehicle and driver must be properly registered with the state.  They also have to meet minimum insurance requirements.
  • Read reviews and gather information. Illegal movers often have no storefront, provide little information and offer no recourse for settling disputes.  Some have been known to demand extra money—sometimes thousands of dollars—before delivering personal property.  In some cases they do not deliver the belongings at all.

The best way consumers can protect themselves is to hire a registered moving company. To find a list, visit ODOT’s Consumer Guide to Moving or search bbb.org for trustworthy movers. Victims of illegal movers can also file a complaint with the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division at www.doj.state.or.us.

  March 11, 2015

Ribbon Cutting

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  February 6, 2015

Women in Agriculture conference

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Women in Agriculture Gather to Network and Learn

Women in Agriculture one-day conference in La Grande and across region

On February 21, 2015, women from NE Oregon have the opportunity to gather at OSU Extension in La Grande to participate in the 2015 Women in Agriculture Conference. Organized by Washington State University extension, the conference will bring together women at 28 locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska for a unique opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers and inspiring stories, network, and take home practical advice and new skills.

This year’s event, “Put Your Best Boot Forward,” will focus on the topic of marketing. “Everyone has a story that needs to be told to promote agriculture,” says Margaret Viebrock, conference chair, and WSU Douglas County Extension Director. “The format of this conference enables us to offer our two headline speakers at all 28 locations, and to engage women at each site in activities to apply conference content to their own operations. The conference will also help provide ways to inform decision makers, non-farmers and community members about best management practices.”

Keynote speaker Emily Asmus is a Walla Walla farmer and marketing specialist. Asmus will discuss how her farm, Welcome Table Farms, keeps their “brand” fresh to build interest and loyalty. Participants will learn the tools and techniques critical to her marketing plan.

Marketing expert Erica Mills of Claxon Marketing believes every woman should have a consistently compelling way to describe her farm business. Mills will lead a marketing workshop to help farms of all shapes and sizes tackle this challenge by learning to use a simple and effective 3-step marketing method and create a marketing action plan to get results.

The conference runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, February 21, at OSU Extension Service – Union County, 10507 N McAlister Rd, La Grande. Early bird registration is $25 and includes the marketing workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials. After February 13, registration increases to $30. A limited number of scholarships are available for aspiring farmers, college agriculture students, and 4-H and FFA members. Visit the website at www.womeninag.wsu.edu for registration and details.

The conference is designed for women who have been farming for years, as well as new and aspiring farmers. Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome. The number of women in agriculture grows every year, and the conference helps meet their need to connect with other women farmers and ranchers and enjoy sharing resources. NE Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) applied to host the conference in La Grande. “We are so glad that La Grande was selected as one of two host sites in Oregon. It is a great opportunity for women in ag to get together in our region,” says Sara Miller of NEOEDD. For more information contact Miller at 541 426 3598.


Kristy Athens, Outreach Specialist
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. M-F
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
101 NE First Street, Suite 100
Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone: 541-426-3598, 800-645-9454

  January 23, 2015

Local-Investing Workshops

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  January 20, 2015

Investment Workshops

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Workshops Cover New Oregon Investment Rule
ENTERPRISE, Ore. – More people are becoming interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities. This change is being driven in part by an increased awareness of the significant impact that residents can make, re-directing even a small portion of their investments and savings from Wall Street to locally owned businesses. The Community Capital Initiative is not focused on accredited investors but on non-wealthy individuals who have some investment money and care about the region in which they live.


The NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative is offering a series of workshops for people who want to learn more about local investing-as an investor, business owner, or both! 


The workshop series takes place January 20, 21 and 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtsEast, located in the white house on the corner of 6th and L streets, in La Grande. Registration is $25 per workshop, or $60 for all three, and is available online at 

 https://squareup.com/market/northeast-oregon economicdevelopment-district


Registration deadline: January 16.

The public is welcome to attend one, two, or all three workshops: 

  • Workshop 1 (Jan. 20) – Introduction to Local Investing: Recommended for anyone interested in local investing. Describes local investing and its benefits, and new Oregon investing rules that will make it possible for non-wealthy people to invest in their neighbors and their community
  • Workshop 2 (Jan. 21) – How to be a Smart Local Investor: Helps investors form a personal framework for local investing, and decide where local investment fits into their portfolio, what types of due diligence they may want to conduct, and what questions need to be answered before making an investment
  • Workshop 3 (Jan. 26) – Raising Capital from Your Community: Helps business owners understand their options, what they need to know to stay compliant with securities law, motivations investors may have for investing locally, and implications of accepting a local investment

Comments from workshop participants in Enterprise: “This workshop encouraged us to think of the best offer for you and your investor-make it work.” “I received information that may help in regards to acquiring a local investor by offering equity.” The Glen and Jean McKenzie Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have provided funding to support NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.

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.


  January 7, 2015

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