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Join us for conversations about privilege and implicit bias

Register Now for DEI Events

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?

NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will focus on privilege and implicit bias, and take place Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NE Oregon Transit Center, 2204 E Penn Ave. in La Grande. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch; register here. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2.

The moderator for this roundtable is Manuel Padilla, who will lead a discussion of white privilege and implicit bias. Manuel is executive director of Portland Meet Portland, and a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development. He has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University; an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace; and has done peace-building and human rights work both domestically and internationally. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability, transform conflict, and build civil society.

Manuel will also lead programs entitled "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon," via the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center, 403 Main St. in Joseph, and Nov. 7 at hq, 112 Depot St., in La Grande. Learn more about this conversation topic here. These events are free of charge; no registration required. The public is welcome.

The final roundtable in this series will take place Feb. 6, 2019, in La Grande.

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


In This Issue:

Register Now for DEI Events

"IGNITE" Supports Union County Entrepreneurs

New Guidebook for Benefit and B Corporations

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
541-519-7699, la grande entrepreneur, la grande business

"IGNITE" Supports Union County Entrepreneurs

Need a workspace? Check out the "IGNITE" E-Center, which provides working space and a resource center for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. "IGNITE" is possible through grants from Business Oregon and Wildhorse Foundation, donated equipment from Avista, and donated internet service from EONI. For more information about "IGNITE," go to the website.

"IGNITE" is hosting a webinar entitled
"Learn About Free Google Tools to Get More Customers" on Nov. 5 at 12 noon.
Stop by "IGNITE" at 104 Depot St. in La Grande.

"IGNITE" Center grand opening was well attended
On the left: Jeff Crews of EONI, Michael Boquist of City of La Grande, and Bob Kavanaugh, Union County Chamber of Commerce
On the right: Christine Jarski of City of La Grande and throng of supporters

New Guidebook for Benefit and B Corporations

"It is not enough for business to simply make incremental improvements and use resources more efficiently. In these times, every business should have a legitimate, clearly defined purpose." --Vincent Stanley, Patagonia (B Corp)

Thinking of starting or converting to a benefit corporation or B Corp? Check out this new guidebook to do it right.

NEOEDD/NOBD Loan Programs
Fill Capital 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
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

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association (OFMA) is expanding its board of directors and welcoming new volunteers who are passionate about supporting local agriculture and Oregon's food system. Please contact OFMA with questions here.

The OregonMade Foundation is accepting applications for its Oregon's Magical Winter Season grant, a partnership between Oregon Film and Travel Oregon, until Nov. 2. Filmmakers, click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Branding: Not Just for Cattle" workshop at Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

Waste-Pro in La Grande is accepting hazardous waste from businesses and farms Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18. For more information, click here or call 541-963-5459.

Travel Oregon will open a Request for Proposal (RFP) to apply for the role of Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO). The RFP is set to open on Nov. 6.

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 Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Accounting Principles" 4-part workshop series at Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Nov. 7, 14, 28, and Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Cost $79. Click here for more information.

Mercy Corps Northwest is hosting a free speed-mentoring event for food and beverage entrepreneurs in Portland on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Child care provided. Click here to register.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Accounting Principles" 4-part workshop series at Blue Mt. Community College in Baker City, Nov. 8, 15, 29, and Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Cost $79. Click here for more information.

Genuine Wallowa County is conducting an interest survey in an e-commerce website for "makers" in Wallowa County. Click here to take the survey.

Baker County Business Round Table and Baker County Employer Council meet the second Tuesday of the month (Nov. 13) 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 the "Get the Word Out" marketing workshop at Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

The Dept. of Consumer & Business Services offers "Six Signs It's a Scam--Identity Theft Protection" Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce in Enterprise. Register 541-426-4622.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Facebook for Business" workshop at Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

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

U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans (up to $2M), to offset lost revenues due to drought, to small non-farm businesses and nonprofits. Click here for more information, or contact the SBA via email or 800-659-2955. Deadline is Apr. 1, 2019.

Applications for the Oregon Century Farm & Century Ranch Program are due May 1, 2019. For more information, contact program coordinator Andréa via email or 503-400-7884.

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 Minority or Woman Business Enterprise. 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.

DonorSearch is constantly offering webinars and "flash classes" for the development staff of nonprofits. Click here for their calendar of upcoming classes. They also offer a number of white papers about nonprofit development. Click here to view their catalogue.

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



Grants for Small Museums offers grants for projects that address these priorities: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Deadline: Nov. 1. Click here for more information.

IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals. Deadline: Nov. 1. Click here for more information.

Pacific Power offers Electric Vehicle Charging Station grants; deadline Nov. 15. 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 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. In Wallowa County, the deadline is Oct. 31; 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.

IMLS Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff support staff capacity-building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum. Deadline: Dec. 14. Click here for more information.

IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve service to the public. Deadline: Dec. 14. Click here for more information.

IMLS Museums for America support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Deadline: Dec. 14. 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.

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

The USDA Market Facilitation Program posted new guidelines in August. The deadline is Jan. 15. 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.

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.

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.

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.

USDA microloans help beginning or underserved farmers with operating costs. 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 (Nov. 6 and 20) at 11 a.m. at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande, 541-963-7111.

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.

U.S. Representative Walden nominates students to "service academies" (college education with five-year contact with military required post-graduation). Deadline for consideration: Oct. 31, 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.

Kaylee Richards is youth career specialist at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande. Contact her via email or 541-963-7111 x235.

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

OSU Austin Family Business program has compiled a list of attorneys and other advisors who can help with questions pertaining to succession-planning in agricultural and forestry families. Click here for more information.

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.
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