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NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Northeast Oregon.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a public organization established in 1985. Baker, Union and Wallowa counties formed the District by Intergovernmental Agreement as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region.

Our staff members are dedicated to the communities they serve in northeast Oregon and have strong business networking, facilitation, financial, organizational and project development skills.

If you are starting or growing a business, ask us about our business finance and business training programs.

If you are working on a public infrastructure or a community project ask us about services for local governments and community groups.

If you are part of a non-profit organization ask how we can help your board and workers strategize, fund and operate in ways that best meet your mission.

Become a Local Business “Angel”

Want to support your neighborhood business? Be a small-town “angel” investor! Typical angel investors look for businesses that can grow quickly and then be sold. Small-town "angels" deal with smaller amounts of money and are interested in the long-term success of a business that will sustain a community, not abandon it."How to Be a Smart Local Investor" is a free, 3-hour seminar for people who want to support the entrepreneurs who are the foundation of our economy. The seminar provides a friendly and safe opportunity for participants to develop a personal framework for making investing decisions, and learn how to conduct due diligence and risk assessment. Participants will learn about different investment structures and have time to network.

An article in Forbes magazine notes that "there are between 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. that account for 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs. And, a recent study by Paychex says that small businesses produce 13 times more patents than larger firms." These small businesses may not be glamorous, but they are the economic engine of our nation. And multi-million-dollar investors are not the only "angel" investors—investments of just hundreds of dollars can make a difference to a local business owner.

How can you help to keep this economic engine running smoothly? Find out at one of our upcoming seminars, taking place at 6 p.m.:

• Baker City: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Thursday, Jan. 19 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
• Joseph: Monday, Jan. 23 at the Place, 303 S Lake St.

To register, call NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org.

Local Partners Welcome Public to FEAST

Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service, the Magic Garden Project (Joseph United Methodist Church), the Wallowa County Food System Council (WCFSC), and the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) invite Wallowa County residents to join a free community conversation about our food system that will take place Saturday, Mar. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Place, 303 S Lake St. in Joseph. FEAST stands for Food Education Agriculture Solutions Together, and is a program developed by the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) to provide a forum for networking; sharing updates on local food-system efforts; and discussing opportunities for better food access, sustainable production, and reduced waste. FEAST workshops have helped rural communities across Oregon organize projects to improve the quality of food available to low-income residents, seniors and youth; connect local farmers with new marketing opportunities; encourage gardening; support nutrition and food preservation education; and learn from each other about community food projects and ideas.

The event, features a free healthy community meal, and will include a panel discussion with:

• Connie Guentert, Community Connection of NE Oregon
• Leslie Lamb, Ruby Peak Naturals
• Troy Berglund, Mt. Joseph Family Foods
• Ann Bloom, OSU Extension Service
• Renee Grandi, Winding Waters Clinic

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in activities to share their ideas about how to support and improve the local food system.  A follow-up meeting with the WCFSC, also open to the public, will include the opportunity to discuss ideas from the FEAST event and select projects to receive OFB funds in 2017. 

The WCFSC is an ad hoc group of organizations, ranchers, farmers, and interested consumers with a vision of community members engaged in nurturing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development, and sustainable agriculture. Anyone interested in improving the local food system is welcome to join.

“We have made some important progress since our last FEAST event in 2011, with the formation of the council and completion of a community food assessment,” says NEOEDD Economic Development Specialist Sara Miller. “We’re hoping that community members will enjoy being part of the FEAST event, share their ideas about the local food system, and consider becoming more involved.”

The FEAST is free; registration is required by Monday, Feb. 27, here or by calling Kristy at 541-426-3598. Child care, translation services, and carpooling from Wallowa are available upon advance request. ADA accessible.

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