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Business Foundations Guides You Through a Business Plan

NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Sept. 21 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!
Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.
Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place from 6 to 9 p.m.:

  • Baker City:  Mondays, Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class Oct. 15); and Nov. 5 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
  • La Grande: Tuesdays, Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30 (no class Oct. 16); and Nov. 6 at IGNITE, 104 Depot St.
  • Enterprise: Thursdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; and Nov. 1 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.
To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Sept. 21 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification is required.
The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
  • Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
  • Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
  • Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
  • Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
  • Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.
  • Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans, share final pitches, and plan for next steps.
Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
  • “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
  • “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
  • “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City

In This Issue:

Bus. Foundations Guides You Through Bus. Plan

"IGNITE" Supports Union County Entrepreneurs

Save-the-Dates: DEI Events

NEOEDD Seeks Temp Employee

Public Feedback Requested for Regional Plan

DEQ Offers Waste-Management Grants

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

"IGNITE" Supports Union County Entrepreneurs

Join NEOEDD and the City of La Grande Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the launch of the "IGNITE" E-Center, 104 Depot St. IGNITE provides working space and resource center for small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

“'IGNITE' is a place where people can come and get the information or referrals they need, and have a place to hang out and share ideas,” says Christine Jarski, economic development director for the City of La Grande. 

"IGNITE" has two primary components. The first is a combination of non-fee and fee services. Free services include referrals for business plans; advice regarding access to capital; information about laws, regulations, licensing and permits; and workforce hiring information. Fee-based services include business-planning and other classes, and Community Public Offering (CPO) assistance.  

The second component is membership-based working space. For a monthly fee of $50, or a $10/day pass, entrepreneurs can access a computer, printer/scanner, and wireless internet. There are two dedicated desk spaces for long-term commitments. Through a partnership with La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD), there is also a conference space available. "IGNITE" is partnering with other e-centers and co-working spaces across Oregon to create a network of resources. 

NEOEDD has helped to get "IGNITE" up and running because it’s a need in the community. Executive Director Lisa Dawson says, “We know that there are people out there who already have small businesses or have an idea that needs to be developed. "IGNITE" will help us better serve the talented entrepreneurs in our region.”  

"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," contact Christine Jarski at 541-962-1307 or Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598.

"IGNITE" provides working space and resources for small-business owners and entrepreneurs

Save-the-Dates: 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 be held 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 moderator is Manual Padilla, who will lead a discussion of white privilege and implicit bias.

Manuel will also lead programs entitled "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon," via the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. Learn more about this conversation topic here. These events are free of charge; no registration required.

Watch the October newsletter for more details! 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.

Roundtable participants (and other interested parties) consider Anita Yap and Tracy Price's
presentation about "race and place" before breaking into small conversation groups

NEOEDD Seeks Temporary Workers

NEOEDD has two immediate staffing needs!

First, a temporary, part-time employee: NEOEDD seeks a 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.

Second, a contractor: NEOEDD seeks proposals to develop a new website. Deadline: 5 p.m. PST, Sept. 21, 2018. Click here for RFP.

Public Feedback Requested for Regional Plan

Get your CEDS on! NEOEDD has released a draft comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region, and welcomes public feedback. The strategy incorporates input received from public surveys, community meetings and CEDS Strategy Committee meetings. The draft document is located on our website

Please provide input on the strategy by midnight Sept. 29, 2018, by contacting Executive Director Lisa Dawson via email or at 541-426-3598.

DEQ Offers Waste-Management Grants

Are you a public entity, including a Tribe or nonprofit, that has a waste-management solution? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes.
The 2018 Materials Management Grants are now open. The Project and Planning Grant application period will close on Sept. 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. If you are having problems submitting your application electronically, please contact Marie Diodati at 503-229-5446 before 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. Further information can be found in the instructions document for each respective grant type; click here to view full descriptions and eligibility requirements.

Upcoming Opportunities

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is accepting artwork until Sept. 4 for its 20th annual Art at the Crossroads show. Click here for more information.

Wallowa County Commissioner Position 3 has an extended filing deadline of Sept. 4. Contact the county courthouse for more information.

OSU Extension provides a livestream of a conversation about food systems on Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wallowa County Extension office, 668 NW 1st St. in Enterprise. Contact Ann for more information, 541-426-3143..

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 Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

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

Baker County Business Round Table and Baker County Employer Council meet the second Tuesday of the month (Sept. 11) at 8 a.m. at The Little Bagel Shop. Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 541-523-5855 for more information.

The OR Tourism Commission meets in Pendleton Sept. 11-13. 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.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Tune Up Your Website and Get Found by Google" workshop at the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce in Enterprise, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers the "Tune Up Your Website and Get Found by Google" workshop at Blue Mt. Community College in Baker City, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers a PubTalk entitled "How to Value Your Business" Oct. 11 at 5:30 at the Range Rider Saloon, 107 NW 1st St. in Enterprise. Cost $5. Click here 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.

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


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.

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.

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 (Sept. 4 and 11) 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.

Union's VFW post invites homeschooled students in grades 6-12 to an essay contest. Deadline:Oct. 31. Contact Walter at 503-703-1071 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. 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.

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

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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