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Andrea Cano leads the next DEI roundtable on Dec. 6

DEI Roundtables
Explore Internal and External Opportunities

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Dec. 6, 2017; others are planned for Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

The Dec. 6 session will be held in the library’s Cook Meeting Room, 2006 4th St. in La Grande from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch, and will again be led by Andrea Cano, a seasoned facilitator and intercultural specialist who has worked with Oregon Humanities, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Solutions, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, and the Immigration and Refugee Center for Oregon. She recently completed a six-year, governor-appointed post on the State of Oregon's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and co-chaired the governance process for the New Portlander Policy Commission. "She was excellent about including and drawing out every participant," wrote one participant from the October roundtable.

Fourteen people participated in the first DEI nonprofit roundtable in October. The December session will focus on assessing an organization's progress in addressing DEI within programs and at the governance level. The assessment will be followed by a discussion of approaches, strategies and sequences to implement different elements of DEI.

"We are all struggling to operationalize DEI," wrote one October participant. "The other attendees offer a wealth of knowledge to share!"

Participants will be asked for input about the location of future roundtables, which could take place in Baker, Wallowa or Union counties.

The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion; with a series price of $125. Click here to register. Deadline: Dec. 4. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

In This Issue:

DEI Roundtables Explore Internal & External Opportunities

GrantReady Planned for Wallowa & Baker Counties

CEDS Revision Scheduled for 2018

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
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
What Does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Mean?

DEI is an ongoing effort to create opportunity for everyone, in the workplace, in nonprofit leadership, in economic and community development, and as beneficiaries of programs and services. Diversity means celebrating people with all gender identities, religions, races, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, and national origins. Equity means adding or removing policies and programs in order to create a "level playing field." Inclusion means going out of our way to make sure that leadership and staff, as well as those served by an organization, feel safe, respected and valued. DEI doesn't just happenDEI requires active participation by all members of a board and organization.

GrantReady Planned for
Wallowa and Baker Counties


"GrantReady" organizational development and grant-writing training provides tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD plans to offer this series on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
  • Wallowa County: Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10
  • Baker City: Apr. 7-28
GrantReady consists of four training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:
  • Organizational and project budgeting
  • Components of a grant proposal
  • Funding plan
  • Evaluation methods
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Board relations
  • Foundation site visits
  • Grant reporting
Lunch will be provided. The cost for the series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. Registration links will be available in the January newsletter.
“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”
What past participants have said about GrantReady:
  • “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package.  Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”
  • “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”
  • “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”
  • “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”
  • “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources, such as the list of grant awarding businesses.”
This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

CEDS Revision Scheduled for 2018

In today’s competitive global market, it is necessary for regions to have a long-term economic development strategy that can serve as a roadmap to progress and prosperity. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) does just that. It is a locally based, regionally driven economic-development planning process and document that successfully engages community leaders, private sector partners, Economic Development Districts (EDDs), and other stakeholders in planning for our region’s future.  
The CEDS planning process creates the space for the region to identify its strengths and weaknesses and brings together a diverse set of partners to create good jobs, diversify the economy, and spur economic growth. The CEDS is a prerequisite for federal designation as an EDD and must be updated at least every five years. An effective CEDS allows a region to maximize its economic development potential, as well as engage with the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) and other federal partners to receive infrastructure and technical assistance grants, such as EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Overall, an effective CEDS planning process identifies locally-grown strategies that will guide regional economic development, encourage partnerships and collaboration, and improve economic outcomes and overall quality of life in our region.  

The CEDS at a glance
  • The CEDS helps to build on the strengths of our region, as well as identify gaps in resources or expertise that need to be addressed.
  • The CEDS planning process can facilitate regional collaboration, expand supply chains, and grow and support new industry clusters.
  • With a CEDS in place, regions are more likely to attract federal funds and technical assistance by demonstrating resources are used efficiently and effectively.
  • The CEDS process can make our region more resilient and better positioned to plan for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and economic shocks.
  • The CEDS can be much more than just a static document, but rather an engaging platform that generates region-wide discussions and serves as a call to action for economic development.
We need your input!
The first step in creating the CEDS is conducting research about the region’s economy and its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. We welcome your ideas about celebrating how Northeast Oregon shines, and identifying where there’s work to be done and opportunities for development. Complete the survey here.
Would you like a 3-to-1 match of savings toward a business, higher education, job training, or a work-related vehicle? If you have a low-to-moderate income, consider signing up for an Individual Development Account. Hugh Donovan, pictured, used the IDA program to save for pilot training. Click here for more information, or contact Lisa, Sara or Kristy at the NEOEDD office541-426-3598.
Kristy Athens served as panelist at the "leadership"-themed 2017 Women in Agriculture conference,
which she and Sara Miller attended in November in La Grande via satellite link

Upcoming Opportunities

Wallowa County Chamber Citizen Awards nominations are due Dec. 1. Click here for the nomination form.

Travel Oregon, ORLA and Sparkloft Media offer "[Social Media] Analysis" webinar Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers a 3-part "Getting Started with Quickbooks" workshop series Dec. 5, 12, and 19 at 6 p.m. in Enterprise. Cost $99. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon hosts an OR Agritourism Network meeting Dec. 8 in The Dalles. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon, ORLA and Sparkloft Media offer "Marketing Tools, Tips and Takeaways" webinar Dec. 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 (Dec. 12) at 8 a.m. at The Little Bagel Shop. Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 541-523-5855 for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Marketing on a Budget" workshop Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in Baker City. Cost $39. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Marketing on a Budget" workshop Jan. 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in Enterprise. Cost $39. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "PR vs. Advertising" workshop Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. in Enterprise. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers a 3-part "Quickbooks: Next Steps" workshop series Jan. 9, 16, and 23 at 6 p.m. in Enterprise. Cost $99. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Introduction to Online Marketing" workshop Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in Baker City. Cost $39. Click here for more information.

The USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. Due Jan. 24. Click here for more information.

OSU hosts the Roadmap to the Outdoors symposium Feb. 15. in Portland. Click here for more information.

The Oregon Wine Symposium is Feb. 20-21 in Portland. Click here for more information.

The Street Trust presents the 2018 Active Transportation Summit Mar. 15-16 in Portland. Click here for more information.

Save Mar. 16 for the Oregon Bike Tourism Summit. Details in January NEOEDD newsletter.

The 2018 Oregon Community Food System Network Convening will be Mar. 19-21, in Silverton. Click here for more information.

Oregon Governor's Tourism Conference will take place Apr. 29 to May 1 in Bend. Registration will open in Jan. 2018.

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.

WorkSource Eastern Oregon will staff an office in Enterprise Wednesday and Thursday every week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Center, 104 Litch St. Weather permitting from Dec. through March.

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.

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


Grantspace offers an Introduction to Finding Grants webinar Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Click here for more information.

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education grant proposals are due Dec. 6. Click here for more information.

Western SARE Professional + Producer grant proposals are due Dec. 6. 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 Dec. 15 and May 15; click here for more information. In Wallowa County, the deadline is "in Spring;" click here for more information. In Union County, the deadline is Nov. 1; click here for more information.

Wildhorse Foundation grant deadlines are  Jan. 1, Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Oct. 1. They fund projects in a variety of areas in Morrow, Umatilla, 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 Jan. 15 and Jul. 15. Click here for more information.

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant applications are due Jan. 24. Click here for guidelines.

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 Feb. 1, Jun. 1, Oct. 1. Click here for more information.

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

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

Oregon Arts Commission's Career Opportunity Grants have rolling deadlines of Apr. 5 and Aug. 31. 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

OR Wheat Foundation offers scholarships to high school seniors who are children of members or staff. Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

The Women in STEM Scholarship gives one girl and one woman pursuing a STEM undergrad degree $500 toward tuition. Deadline is Apr. 1. Click here for more information.

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.

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

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.

Other Resources

Open enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan takes place Nov. 1 - Dec. 15. Initiating or amending coverage can only be done at this time. NEON has Oregon Health Plan outreach and enrollment staff in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties (free and confidential):
Beverly in Baker County: 541-403-4421
Holly in Union County: 541-624-5101 Ext. 6 or 541-910-5286
Vixen in Wallowa County: 541-398-2539

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.

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.

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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