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Alaí Reyes-Santos

Join Us for DEI Roundtables

Do you wonder what people mean by "DEI"–diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and/or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alaí Reyes-Santos, who will lead a discussion about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Explore how DEI can build understanding, stremgthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone.

NEOEDD is hosting roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtables are:

  • May 1 at 10 a.m. at The Place, 301 S Lake St.,
    in Joseph
  • May 2 at 10 a.m. at the Baker County Library,
    2400 Resort St., in Baker City

Facilitator Alaí Reyes-Santos is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon and an internationally recognized activist-scholar with particular expertise around migration, Haitian-Dominican and Dominican-Puerto Rican relations, and racial and gender dynamics in the Caribbean and United States. Alaí has been involved with a number of social justice groups, including Community Alliance of Lane County, Basic Rights Oregon, and INTEGRA, a network of anti-racist scholars and organizations based in Mexico City.

The sessions include lunch.The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Register here for Joseph and here for Baker City. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.

Future roundtable dates are Aug. 1 (Location in Wallowa County TBD) and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming. This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.


In This Issue:

Join Us for DEI Roundtables

Business Oregon Supports Baker County Entrepreneurs

CPO Updates Mean Dividends for Investors

NEOEDD/NOBD Loan Programs Fill Funding Gaps

Upcoming Opportunities


Student Opportunities

Other Resources

Lisa Dawson,
     Executive Director
Sara Miller,
     Economic Development
Erin Donovan,
     Fiscal Officer
Kristy Athens,
     Outreach Specialist


Robert Strope,
Michele Young,
     First Vice Chair
Ed Hibbard,
     Second Vice Chair
Bill Harvey,
     Executive Committee
Vicki Searles,
      Executive Committee

Delmer Hanson,
      Executive Committee
Rosemary Abell
Donna Beverage
Paul Castilleja

Robert Cavanaugh
Deb Gargalis
Ron Gay
Jack Howard
Bruce Nichols
Robert Parker
Susan Roberts
Dennis Sands
Tim Seydel
Don Waldrop

Board Alternate
Steve McClure

Loan Officer

Mike Ogan

Business Oregon Supports
Baker County Entrepreneurs

Business Oregon has recently provided major grants to Baker County to support business growth. HatchLab Baker, in Baker City, in cooperation with NEOEDD, received a grant of $72,000 to continue to serve entrepreneurs in Baker County.

Applicants were prioritized based on their ability to demonstrate broad commitment and meaningful support from existing local economic development and small business support organizations, and their ability to build the capacity of existing local economic development and small business support organizations, as well as, grow their collective ongoing efforts to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The grants then provide seed funding and capacity-building support for these communities.

"Oregon's many rural communities are each unique with their own assets, opportunities, and challenges," says Business Oregon director Chris Harder. "Working with these Oregon communities to support their local entrepreneurship strategies, and help them work together to maximize their impact, can ultimately help increase rural prosperity."

The 2016 Broadband Progress Report adopted by the Federal Communications Commission shows that 39 percent of rural Americans lack access to broadband speed benchmarks, versus only 4 percent in urban areas. To address that gap, Governor Kate Brown authorized Business Oregon to use $500,000 from the Strategic Reserve Fund for a grant pilot program to advance rural broadband development. The City of Baker City received $137,000 to deploy a fiber distribution network throughout a 65-acre industrial park owned by the city.

"Bridging the digital divide is an integral part of growing our rural economies and creating a Future Ready Oregon," Governor Brown says.

CPO Updates Mean Dividends for Investors

News in the world of Community Public Offerings: Updates to Oregon's Intrastate Offering exemption, and the first CPO returns were issued in April!

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office has released important changes to the Oregon Intrastate Offering, otherwise known as the Community Public Offering. This is the law that enables Oregon business owners to offer debt or equity shares in their businesses. Updates include:
  • Investors who have annual incomes exceeding $100,000 may now invest up to $10,000 in any one CPO deal (previously everyone was limited to $2,500).
  • Business owners may use the internet to attract potential investors.
  • Business owners may raise $500,000 per deal (previously $250,000).
Read the amended rules here.

BGood Bars LLC, based in Joseph, Oregon, is the first company to provide returns to investors under Oregon’s CPO program. Owner Judy Goodman (see photos) delivered interest checks to 23 Oregonians, who invested a total of $20,000 in her business during her CPO campaign from 2016 to 2017.
Judy Goodman displays product in her commercial kitchen in Joseph (left) and at Nature's Pantry in La Grande

NEOEDD/NOBD Loan Programs
Fill Funding Gaps

NEOEDD has helped dozens of businesses in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties launch or expand their businesses with its loan programs. The loans are "gap" loans, meant to fill gaps left by traditional lenders.

Anyone looking for loan funds should consider the 5 "Cs" of Lending, which are the factors that lenders consider when making loan decisions:
  1. Character: Your reputation in the community; your treatment of customers, suppliers and employees; your integrity; your financial history, which could be reflected in your credit score.
  2. Capacity: Your ability to repay the debt with regular (usually monthly) payments. This is often demonstrated by historic cash flow and profitability.
  3. Capital: The amount of investment the owners of the business are making. The amount of capital invested by owners reduces the risk of the lender and demonstrates the commitment of the owners--the owners are exposing themselves to risk.
  4. Collateral: Collateral is used to reduce the risk of lending. Collateral consists of assets (real estate, equipment, inventory, etc.) that are legally assigned to the lender. They can be used as a secondary source of repayment if the borrower fails to pay back a loan.
  5. Conditions: The operating environment (competition, market opportunities) and economic environment are important to lenders as they assess the potential of a business to be successful. The actual loan amount, interest rate and repayment terms are the second type of conditions that affect lending decisions.
Find out more about NEOEDD's loan programs on our website, or by contacting Loan Officer Mike Ogan (photo below) via email or 541-519-7699. NEOEDD/NOBD is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer.
mike ogan, neoedd loan
Would you like a 3-to-1 match of savings toward a business, higher education, job training, or vehicle? If you have a low-to-moderate income, consider signing up for an Individual Development Account.

Eva Herold, owner of Sugar Time Bakery, used the IDA program to save for equipment, signage, and supplies for her start-up business. Click here for more information, or contact Lisa, Sara or Kristy at the NEOEDD office541-426-3598.

Upcoming Opportunities

ODOT has bidding opportunities coming up for the Meacham area: Well water system bid due May 1 (ORPIN 730-33267-18); Standing Seam Metal Roof Replacement (ORPIN 730-33234-18); Maintenance System open house May 9 at 10 a.m. in Pendleton (ORPIN 730-12808-18; bidding in Fall 2018). Contact Travis at 541-963-1329 or email for more information.

Small Business Administration offers a virtual (online) National Small Business Week conference May 1-3. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Quickbooks Next Steps" workshop May 1 and 8 (2-part class) at 3 p.m. in Baker City. Cost $99. Click here for more information.

Friends of Family Farmers hosts listening sessions for farmers and ranchers May 2 in Enterprise and May 3 in La Grande, 6 p.m. Click here to register.

Shareable offers a free webinar, "Crowdsourcing, Marketplaces, and Payouts," May 8 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

Baker County Business Round Table and Baker County Employer Council meet the second Tuesday of the month (May 8) at 8 a.m. at The Little Bagel Shop. Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 541-523-5855 for more information.

Travel Oregon hosts a Tourism Listening Session May 14, 1 p.m., in Baker City. Click here to register.

NE OR Network offers "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free presentation about health insurance in Oregon, on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. Register at 855-268-3767 or here.

Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) offers "Government Contracting Basics" in La Grande, May 16 at 8:30 a.m.; Enterprise May 16 at 2 p.m.; and Baker City May 17 at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register in La Grande, here in Enterprise, and here in Baker City.

Rural Development Initiatives' Regards to Rural conference takes place May 18-20 in Portland. This year's theme is "Bridges Between Rural and Urban." Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Facebook for Your Business" workshop May 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Baker City. Cost $39. Click here for more information.

Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) is working with community partners across the Eastern Oregon region, to complete a community health assessment. Participants will receive a $25 gift card. Deadline: May 31. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon offers monthly webinars of instruction for their OR Tourism Information System, or OTIS, which is a collaborative platform used for sharing and maintaining Oregon’s tourism assets. Remaining 2018 dates are Jun. 6, Jul. 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

NEOEDD's board meetings are open to the public. Next meetings: Jun. 28 (Baker City), Sept. 27 (Enterprise), Dec. 6 (La Grande). Contact the NEOEDD office at 541-426-3598 for more information.

In 2017, Wells Fargo entered into a $142 million class action settlement fund related to the opening of unauthorized accounts. The deadline to submit a claim with the fund has been extended to July 7, 2018. If you believe you may have been affected, you can get more information here, or call 1-866-431-8549.

Spotlight Travel Network will hold the 2018 Spotlight on the Northwest in Pendleton Aug. 26-28. Click here for more information.

CycleOregon Classic returns to NE Oregon Sept. 8-15. Click here for more information.

WorkSource Eastern Oregon staffs an office in Enterprise Wednesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Center, 104 Litch St. Contact Matt at email or 541-963-7111 x239. Baker City's office is at 1575 Dewey Ave., 541-523-6331. La Grande's office at 1901 Adams Ave., 541-963-7111.

Check out NEOEDD's website calendar for more upcoming events.


Oregon Heritage Commission offers matching grants to public and non-profit heritage museums. Deadline: May 2. Click here for more information.

Diamonds in the Rough grants are to restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. Application deadline: May 9. Click here for more information.

The Oregon Cultural Trust has coalitions in all Oregon counties and Tribes that distribute arts and humanities grants within the community. In Baker County, the deadlines are May 15 and Dec. 15; click here for more information. In Wallowa County, the deadline is Oct. 31; click here for more information. In Union County, the deadline is Nov. 1; click here for more information.

U.S. Bank grants are available to support three focus areas: Work (open Apr. 1 to May 31; click here); Home (open Jul. 1 to Aug. 31; click here); Play (open Feb. 1 to Mar. 31; click here).

Northwest Farm Credit Services' Rural Community Grant Program funds projects such as building or improving facilities; purchasing equipment to facilitate a program; and funding capital improvements. Rolling deadlines are Jun. 1, Oct. 1, Feb. 1. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon's "Medium" ($20k-$100k) Competitive Grants applications due Jun. 6. Click here for more information.

Wildhorse Foundation grant deadlines are  Jul. 1, Oct. 1, Jan. 1, Apr. 1. They fund projects in a variety of areas in Union and Wallowa counties, and with Tribal entities. Click here for more information.

Oregon Community Foundation's Community Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement. Rolling deadlines are Jul. 15 and Jan. 15. Click here for more information.

The Reser Family Foundation's rolling deadlines are Aug. 1 and Feb. 1. The foundation's focus areas are education, health, arts and environment. Click here for more information.

Oregon Arts Commission's Career Opportunity Grants have rolling deadlines of Aug. 31 and Apr. 5. Click here for more information.

Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant supports downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. Application deadline: Winter 2019. Click here for more information.

USDA NIFA Small Business Innovation Research encourages projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies to explore all SBIR topic areas. Click here for more information.

The Ford Family Foundation offers a number of grants to rural Oregon. Click here for more information.

Meyer Memorial Trust is currently focused on efforts to promote equity and inclusion. Click here for more information.

The Leo Adler Foundation supports projects in Baker County. Click here for more information.

GrantSpace offers tools, webinars and other fundraising resources. Click here to visit their website.

There are many more grant opportunities listed on the Oregon Secretary of State Grants website, which is here.

Student Opportunities

Job Corps is a free, residential job training program based in Nampa, Idaho. There is an orientation session the first and third Tuesday of every month (May 1 and 15) at 11 a.m. at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande, 541-963-7111.

Students studying meat science at a North American university may compete for $10,000 scholarships offered by the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation. Deadline: May 11. Email Ann Marie for more information.

CASA of Oregon seeks a college junior or senior who is interested in financial lending and affordable housing in Oregon for an internship  June 2018 to May 2019. Application deadline May 25. Click here for more information.

In June and July, Community Bank offers the Earn While You Learn program, which offers students who have an account at the bank money to reward good grades. Check with your local branch for more information.

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Click here for more information.

Kelly Smith is youth career specialist at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande. Contact her via email or 541-963-7942 x13.

Portland State University offers free tuition for eligible freshmen. Click here for more information.

The Leo Adler Foundation offers scholarships to students at North Powder HS and in Baker County. Click here for more information.

The Oregon State Capital's Honorary Page program welcomes students aged 12 to 18 to be sworn in by the Sergeant-at-Arms, perform duties on the floor of the House, run errands for the Chief Clerk's office, observe committee meetings and more. Click here for more information.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative offers an annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative offers college scholarships. Click here for more information.

The American Civil Liberties Union offers a Summer Advocacy Institute program for high school students. Fee $2,500; financial aid is available. Click here for more information.

Scholarships for women are listed here.

Scholarships for undocumented students are listed here.

Federal delegates offer internships to college and graduate students in their Oregon and Washington DC offices. For Congressman Greg Walden, click here. For Senator Ron Wyden, click here. For Senator Jeff Merkley, click here.

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center publishes a Field Guide to Health Careers. Click here for more information.

EOU offers a networking group for students called the Millenial Community. Students interested in joining should email Shari Carpenter, associate professor of business, here.

Business Oregon offers unpaid internships in International Trade Internship program, which takes place in Portland. Click here for more information.

The Oregon College Savings Plan offers a tax-free savings account for college tuition. Click here for more information.

FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website, is here.

Other Resources

Farm Service Agency's Livestock Indemnity Program offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses due to adverse weather. Click here for more information, or contact regional offices: Baker City 541-523-3621; La Grande 541-963-4178; Enterprise 541-426-4521.

NW Farm Credit Services releases a new Market Snapshot quarterly here

Oregon Farm Bureau publishes an online buyers' guide--click here.

NE Oregon Area Health Education Center offers numerous education and career preparation opportunities year-round. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon offers a monthly Travel Barometer here.

OregonSaves gives Oregonians whose employers do not offer a retirement option a way to save for retirement. Pre-tax dollars are deposited into a Roth IRA. Click here for more information.

Oregon Community Food Systems Network, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations and allies dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems to deliver better economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state, seeks members and business affiliates.

Click here if you would like to make your business Bike-Friendly and take advantage of Travel Oregon's program.

Click here to take advantage of Oregon's rising Chinese tourism with Travel Oregon's China Ready online training modules.

The M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust offers an intensive "Essentials of Development" mentorship program for nonprofit leaders. Cost is $500. Click here for more information.

Eastern OR Workforce Board offers the Incumbent Worker Training Program to assist manufacturing and health care companies in re-training their current employees. Contact Eric Labonte at 541-963-7942 for more information.

The Union County USDA Farm Service Agency is sending notifications via text message. Text "ORUnion" to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe.

Learn more about the USDA's Microloan program for small farmers here and Business Oregon's Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program (Aggie Bonds) here.

HatchLab Baker is a center for entrepreneurs that provides programs, resources, tools, and expertise for entrepreneurs starting or running a business. It is also a place to work in Baker City, whether it's for a day or a year. Click here for more information.

Business Oregon offers an Export Promotion Program for Oregon manufacturers who want to expand their market. Click here for more information.

The Small Business Development Center offers free advising to business owners and workshops to anyone in the community, including nonprofits. Baker and Wallowa counties are served via Blue Mt. Community College; Union County is served via Eastern Oregon University.

Nonprofit Assoc. of OR released the 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths - Our Challenges - Our Resilience using survey data from more than 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Click here to download.

Are you a business owner who wants to help Travel Oregon support projects that maintain what's unique about Oregon? Join TO's Forever Fund here. And, view TO's latest statewide tourism survey report here.

The U.S. General Services Administration issues a number of innovation challenge grants. Click here to view current challenges.

Nonprofit Assoc. of Oregon and The Ford Family Foundation offer free one-year memberships to rural nonprofits. Click here for the application.

Farm Commons offers a number of legal resources for people in agriculture. Click here for more information.

USDA has a new service, FSAFarm+, that provides producers the ability to remotely access their personal farm information using a home computer. Contact your Farm Service Agency for more information--Union County 541-963-4178, Baker County 541-523-7121 x2, and Wallowa County 541-426-4521 x2.

Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center offers up to $75,000 of matching grant funds for "Made in America" products. Click here for more information.

Looking for a job? Try the Oregon Dept. of Employment's job listings. Click here for more information. Lowry Job Development Services is based in Baker City; call them at 541-519-4343. Mac's List is another great resource, though most of its listings are for the Portland area. Click here for more information.

Check out NEOEDD's Resources page for more information.
NEOEDD’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.
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