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Lisa leads GrantReady in Baker City in May

GrantReady Returns to
La Grande

Back by popular demand: the four-part "GrantReady" workshop series provides a supportive learning environment for nonprofits to acquire the tools and skills needed to become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD offers this series at the Union County Transit Center, 2204 East Penn Avenue in La Grande, on Mondays, Aug. 6 to 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GrantReady consists of four Monday training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Organizational development and grant-writing 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 four-part series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. A limited number of scholarships are available; contact Lisa Dawson if interested. Register here.
“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations who will provide insights into their organizations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for participants 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 really appreciated the focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity as an integral part of the grant application process."
  • “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.”
  • "Thank you for teaching a workshop that was grounded in principles of inclusivity and broad in the scope of skills that it provided." 

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


In This Issue:

GrantReady Returns to La Grande

Last Chance to Learn with Anita Yap and Tracy Price

Business Foundations Save-the-Dates

New Reports Illuminate OR's Economy

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


Susan Roberts,
Ed Hibbard,
     First Vice Chair
Delmer Hanson,
      Second Vice Chair
Vicki Searles,

Bill Harvey,
     Executive Committee
Robert Strope,

     Executive Committee
Rosemary Abell
Donna Beverage
Paul Castilleja

Deb Gargalis
Ron Gay
Jack Howard
Robert Kavanaugh
Bruce Nichols
Robert Parker
Tim Seydel
Don Waldrop

Board Alternate
Steve McClure

Loan Officer

Mike Ogan

Today! Two More Chances to Learn with
Anita Yap and Tracy Price

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 curious about how your organization can have more mission impact and become more sustainable by harnessing DEI principles and practices?

NEOEDD brings two different events to explore DEI topics, one for nonprofits and one for the general public.

NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for nonprofit volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Place, 301 S Lake St. in Joseph. Trainers Anita Yap and Traci Price will provide tools and strategies for diverse community engagement, information on understanding and interrupting microaggressions, how to make a business case for DEI, and how to make an action plan. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration information here.

Second, NEOEDD is hosting the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project "Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon's Past and Future," led by Anita Yap and Traci Price, in La Grande at hq, 112 Depot St., on Aug. 1. This event is free of charge; no registration required. The public is welcome.

Anita Yap is the founding partner of the Multicultural Collaborative, a small business consulting group that provides strategies and services to nonprofits, local governments, and businesses to engage with diverse communities for equity, capacity building, community visioning, urban design, and public policy advocacy. Anita is an active community member and serves on the Jade International District Steering Committee, the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board.

Traci Price has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector for most of her career, with a focus on education and youth. She spearheaded the No Oregon Child Left Inside Act in 2008 and was appointed in 2010 by Gov. Kulongoski to lead development of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan. Traci owns a consulting business and works with the Multicultural Collaborative, a consulting group that helps organizations and businesses engage with diverse communities for equity and capacity building. She prioritizes projects at the intersection of education, environment, and racial justice.

Future DEI roundtables are scheduled for Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019--save the dates!

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

Anita Yap and Tracy Price lead conversations about "race and place"

Business Foundations Save-the-Dates

Business Foundations, our super-popular workshop series for entrepreneurs, returns in the fall! Look for registration details in the September newsletter.

  • Baker City: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29, Nov. 5
  • La Grande: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30, Nov. 6
  • Enterprise: Sept. 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1

New Reports Illuminate Oregon's Economy

Worksource Oregon has been publishing some interesting reports lately, including:
Oregon's Current Workforce Gaps (click here)
The Economic Impact of Cows and Crops in Eastern Oregon (click here)
Good decision-making is based on good data!

NEOEDD Seeks Temporary
PT Employee in Baker City

NEOEDD seeks a temporary, part-time business professional to act as a liaison for Baker County entrepreneurs and small businesspeople, and connect them with resources and financial options. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598 or email.

NEOEDD Seeks Web Designer

If you've looked at NEOEDD's website lately, you'll see that it needs to be refreshed. NEOEDD is seeking the services of a web designer. If you are interested, contact for the Request for Proposals.

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 (pictured below) via email or 541-519-7699. NEOEDD/NOBD is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer.
mike ogan, neoedd loan

Upcoming Opportunities

Business Oregon is looking to recognize employers that recruit veterans. If you know of one, contact Brian at 541-962-5020.

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 Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 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 (Aug. 14) at 8 a.m. at The Little Bagel Shop. Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 541-523-5855 for more information.

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.

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

The OR Secretary of State's office offers "Notary Basics" at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 in Enterprise. Click here to register.

Oregon businesses that are owned by a woman or man who is a member of a racial minority may qualify for government or business contracts as a MWESB. 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.


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.

Travel Oregon's Competitive Small Grants deadline is Aug. 29. Click here for more information.

Slow Food Wallowas offers a $1,000 grant to support a Wallowa County farmer/rancher who is working to increase capacity to offer locally raised food. Email to request an application. Deadline Aug. 31.

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

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

Oregon Humanities offers Responsive Grants to organizations with budgets of less than $500,000, and based in and led by either communities of color, rural communities, or English language learners. Requests accepted through Sept. 30. Click here for more information.

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

Wildhorse Foundation grant deadlines are  Oct. 1, Jan. 1, Apr. 1, Jul. 1. They fund projects in a variety of areas in Union and Wallowa counties, and with Tribal entities. 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 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. In Baker County, the deadlines are Dec. 15 and May 15; click here for more information.

Soroptimist International Live Your Dream award is available to women who are the primary income earner and enrolled in higher education or training. Deadline Nov. 15. 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.

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 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.

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

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 (Aug. 7 and 21) at 11 a.m. at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande, 541-963-7111.

Eastern Oregon University and Portland State University have created an Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute, a six-credit residential summer institute for undergraduate students, Sept. 6-15. Click here for more information.

Soroptimist International of La Grande offers scholarships for female high school seniors and continuing students who attend Eastern Oregon Univ., and people of all genders attending trade school. Deadline Apr. 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

CASA of Oregon offers student loan coaching remote sessions (requires high-speed internet). $25/hr. Register here.

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.

Oregon InventOR supports student inventors. 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 to members of OTEC or dependents of members. 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.

Eastern Oregon University's scholarships website is here.

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

Other Resources

Oregon Law Help provides free legal information to people with low incomes. Click here for more information. Legal aid is also offered by Oregon Law Center in Ontario, 888-250-9877, and Legal Aid Services of OR in Pendleton, 800-843-1115. Monthly outreach to La Grande, Elgin and Enterprise; call the Pendleton office for appointment.

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. Payroll deductions 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.

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. There is a group on Facebook called "Wallowa County Employment Opportunities." 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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