Workshop Series Prepares Entrepreneurs

Workshop Series Prepares Entrepreneurs for Public Offering $2,500 fee waived for residents of Wallowa, Baker and Union counties  ...

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The Future of Small-Business Investing

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Workshop Series Prepares Entrepreneurs

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Workshop Series Prepares Entrepreneurs for Public Offering

$2,500 fee waived for residents of Wallowa, Baker and Union counties

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Nov. 23, 2015) – 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. The Northeast Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3) and Hatch Oregon are teaming up to help Northeast Oregonian entrepreneurs prepare their own capital campaign with an extensive workshop series that will take place in Baker City and Joseph.

The Community Public Offering (CPO) is a new law in Oregon that creates an exemption for Oregon small business owners to raise up to $250,000 in loan or equity agreements with Oregon residents, who do not need to be accredited investors. The CPO exemption has a maximum per-person, per-deal investment of $2,500. Check out existing Oregon CPOs at https://secure.hatchoregon.com/.

If this sounds like an interesting capital-raising strategy, sign up for Hatch Oregon’s free Intro to the CPO webinar for entrepreneurs on Dec. 9 (12 p.m.). Topics covered:

  • Whether a CPO is right for you and your business
  • Costs of raising capital this way
  • Time commitments required for a successful raise
  • Technical requirements of the rules (disclosure documents, business plan review, legal compliance)
  • What the Hatch platform offers
  • What the Investor Ready accelerator offers

Because Hatch has USDA funding to support CPO training in Northeast Oregon, they have waived the fee for residents of Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Registration via Hatch Oregon at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-the-cpo-129-webinar-tickets-18871630555. Use the promo code NEOEDD to waive the $50 registration fee.

An entrepreneur or business owner who has a business plan may then apply to participate in the InvestOR Ready Accelerator, which will run from mid-January through February (Mondays in Baker City and Tuesdays in Joseph; dates TBD). The multiple-session workshop series will delve more deeply into the intricacies of the CPO; apply here http://hatchoregon.com/IRA-application. The $2,500 fee is also waived for residents of Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties.

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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  November 23, 2015

National Family Caregiver Month

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  November 18, 2015

Local Events

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From the Chamber…

 
October 21st-28th, 2015
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar
 Big Events for the Week of October 21st
Creepy Crawl Run/Walk (Saturday)
Anthony Lakes Ski Swap (Saturday)
 
#YOUINUNIONCOUNTY
 
Want to find something fun to do in Union County?
Visit the Community Calendar by clicking here
Creepy  Crawl 
10k – 5k -1 k 
Run/Walk
 
Presented By REMAX 
Real Estate Team
 
October 24, 2015
8:00 AM
 
$5 per Person
$10 Per Family
 
541-963-1000 for questions
Promote Your Business!

In the all new 2016 Union County & Community Map
Click here for more information

Buy Now. Save.

 

Just two weeks left to purchase your 2015-16 season pass. Skip the ticket booth and head straight to the chair! Pass prices increase after October 31st!

 
Click here for more information
Free Small Business Class on October 30th,
12:00-2:00 PM

Click here to register

EOU has two more Football Games this season!

November 7th and November 14th
Join us at the tailgate parties!

Veteran’s Day Family Fun Run

Saturday, November 7th.
10k-5k-1mile Walk/Run
Veterans run for free!
541-975-1147

Christmas office Party got you stumped?
 
The Potter’s Gift House  
would like to offer an evening filled with enchantment of the season, here at 
The Potter’s Gift House & Gallery. 
Bring your staff  for either hors d’oeuvres, or home-made desserts.  As you browse the 2 buildings over full of gifts and 60 themed trees, the music will be playing. Let us romance your staff with this private time.  In addition, any purchases will receive a
20% discount
 Call to book your date.
(541) 963-5351

Check out NEOEDD’s 
Business Foundation workshop series
541-426-3598

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  October 22, 2015

The Future of Small-Business Investing

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The Future of Small-Business Investing Is Here

Meet Oregon Entrepreneurs & Learn About Local-Investing Options

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Oct. 1, 2015) – 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. The Northeast Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3) and Hatch Oregon are teaming up to help Northeast Oregonians spread the word with evening presentations in Baker City and Joseph.

 

These events—open to the public—will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Barley Brown’s Taphouse
2200 Main St. in Baker City

 

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Stein Distillery
604 N Main St. in Joseph

 

Suggested donation scale $5 to $15; free for students
No registration required

 

Meet four Oregon entrepreneurs who are harnessing the power of local investing:

  • John Childers: Baker City Saddle Co. “opened a full service saddle shop in Baker City. In addition to our custom leather work we will be displaying assorted used saddles on consignment.”
  • Stuart Phillips: Red Wagon Creamery “takes ice cream to the next level. No shortcuts, no pre-made base mixes, no weird preservatives or chemicals, no frozen berries – just ice cream that we make from scratch to showcase local, Oregon dairy, and using local, seasonal fruit, berries, and produce.”
  • John MacDougall: MacDougall & Sons Bat Company “invented, manufactures and sells the toughest and best performing real wood baseball bat in the world.”
  • Kyle Akin: Crescendo Organic Spirits “makes traditional Italian liqueurs referred to as ‘cellos’ in a variety of flavors: traditional lemon along with our orange and unique lime flavors.”

 

Check out these and other Oregon CPOs at https://secure.hatchoregon.com/. In addition, Heather Stafford of Business Oregon and Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate from Oregon’s Secretary of State office, will speak in Baker City.

Is Your Business Ready?
Does a CPO sound like a good capital-raising strategy for you? Hatch Oregon offers a webinar to discuss the basics of a Community Public Offering for entrepreneurs on Oct. 5 and on Oct. 14 (a one-day event, not a series). Topics covered:

  • Whether a CPO is right for you and your business
  • Costs of raising capital this way
  • Time commitments required for a successful raise
  • Technical requirements of the rules (disclosure documents, business plan review, legal compliance)
  • What the Hatch Oregon platform offers
  • What the Investor Ready accelerator offers

Because HATCH has USDA funding to support CPO training in Northeast Oregon, they have waived the fee for residents of Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Register here for Oct. 5 and here for Oct. 14, and use promo code NEOEDD to make the webinar free!

 

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 1, 2015

Agritourism Development Project Underway

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North Powder, Oregon__The tourism industry has seen a strong growth in people wanting to know where their food comes from and having a desire for authentic rural experiences. Nature has provided Eastern Oregon with all of the ingredients needed to meet that demand. Businesses interested in developing and marketing culinary and agricultural tourism now have the opportunity to work with tourism marketing professional Janet Dodson of Sunnyslope Marketing LLC. Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) engaged Dodson to work with businesses and tourism partners in Wallowa, Union, Baker, Umatilla and Morrow counties as part of a year-long agritourism development project.

Agritourism in Eastern Oregon includes a wide variety of visitor experiences and services such as lodging and camping on farms and ranches; agriculture tours; on-farm hunting and fishing; restaurants and events that feature local foods on the menu; local breweries, distilleries and wineries; and farmers markets, farm stands, pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Janet Dodson has a wealth of experience in tourism marketing and development in Eastern Oregon. She also comes from an agricultural background and is familiar with the hunger that visitors have to connect with authentic agriculture experiences and locally grown products,” says Sara Miller, NEOEDD Economic Development Specialist and project partner. Funding for the project is being provided by USDA Rural Development, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association and Travel Oregon.

Many farmers and ranchers view tourism as a way to connect with people from urban areas,” says Dodson. “Many tourism businesses see an opportunity to expand their market by partnering with farms and ranches. And lots of people want to know more about how their food is produced or to experience the rural lifestyle. This project seeks to bring together those three sets of interests and make good things happen.”

One of Dodson’s first tasks will be organizing working groups in two tourism regions to help guide project activities and make connections to grow agritourism. Interested businesses and agriculture operators in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties are encouraged to join the Northeast Oregon working group. Those in Umatilla and Morrow counties are invited to become part of the Oregon’s Rugged Country working group.

In the spring, workshops will be offered to respond to the technical assistance and resource needs identified by the working groups and partners participating in the project. Dodson will also be reaching out to businesses throughout the five counties to inventory agriculture related products, experiences and services that should be marketed to visitors. She will assist the working groups to create plans to market the unique offerings of each region and guide investment of funding earmarked for future promotion. Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved in the project is welcome to contact Dodson at janetd@eoni.com or 541-786-8006.

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BICYCLE TOURISM STUDIO TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES

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BICYCLE TOURISM STUDIO TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM VISITING CYCLISTS AND POSITION NORTHEASTERN OREGON AS A PREMIER BICYCLING DESTINATION

 

BAKER, UNION AND WALLOWA COUNTIES – Sept. 28, 2015- The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association is partnering with Travel Oregon to host a free community planning program designed to help local businesses benefit from visiting bicyclists and help make northeastern Oregon a premier bicycling destination. The Bicycle Tourism Studio program will kick off with a region-wide workshop for local businesses and organizations on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library located at 2006 Fourth St, La Grande. Follow-up community action planning meetings will take place in Union, Baker and Wallowa counties in November.

 

Bicycle travelers contribute $400 million annually to Oregon’s economy—that’s approximately $1.1 million per day. Bicycle tourists also tend to spend $124 more per trip, 20 percent higher than the average visitor (http://www.deanrunyan.com/doc_library/bicycletravel.pdf). “The northeastern Oregon region already attracts a diverse bicycle travel market, including out-of-state visitors looking for must-see landscapes and Oregonians who enjoy off-the-beaten-path locales and authentic experiences. The growing interest in destination cycling and the incredible assets our region has create a compelling opportunity to market bicycle tourism,” said Alice Trindle, Executive Director, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association.

 

Anyone interested in capitalizing on the growing bicycle travel trend and looking to increase this market in northeastern Oregon is invited to participate in the Bicycle Tourism Studio program. All lodging establishments, restaurants, cafés, brew pubs, bike shops, tour operators, retail shops and attractions, as well as public land managers, trail advocates, planners, communication specialists, community leaders and cyclists are encouraged to participate. All participants are asked to attend both the region-wide workshop and at least one of the follow-up action planning meetings. Pre-registration is requested online Industry.TravelOregon.com/northeastBTS. There is no cost to participate.

 

Region-Wide Workshop: October 22, 2015, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library

 

Follow-Up Action Planning Meetings:

Union County – November 17, 2015, 8a.m. – noon at Cook Memorial Library

Wallowa County – November 18, 2015, 8 a.m. – noon at Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce

Baker County – November 19, 2015, 8 a.m. – noon at Always Welcome Inn

Goals of the Northeastern Bicycle Tourism Studio include:

  • Strengthen awareness of bicycle tourism market and ingredients needed to be a bicycle destination
  • Grow collective knowledge of cycling tourism-related projects, businesses, activities and marketing currently taking place in the region, and inventory them
  • Build connections among community members, land managers, regional organizations and state leaders actively engaged in bicycle tourism, and use opportunity to engage new participants
  • Identify and prioritize regional goals to foster development of appropriate bicycling infrastructure, business services and marketing activities, and motivate local action and next steps

This Studio is possible because of collaboration and help from the northeastern Oregon bicycle tourism committee, which is comprised of individuals from the following organizations: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, Baker City Cycling Classic, Baker County Tourism, Baker Loves Bikes, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Oregon Visitor Association, Joseph Branch Rail Riders, Joseph Branch Trail Consortium, Blue Mountain Single Track Trails Club, Northeast Economic Development District, Oregon Department of Transportation, Range Tour & Shuttle Co., Union County Chamber, Union County Public Works, US Forest Service Wallowa-Whitman and Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.

Details and RSVP found online at: Industry.TravelOregon.com/northeastBTS

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  September 28, 2015

Blue Springs Ribbon Cutting

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  September 22, 2015

Cycle Oregon Route Change

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  September 16, 2015

Cycle Oregon

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From the Chamber…

CycleOregon

  September 15, 2015

Diabetes Prevention Program

Filed under: Information — admin @ Friday, September 4, 2015

Diabetes

  September 4, 2015

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