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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.

Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise


Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by January 23 to reserve your seat in Enterprise, Baker City, or La Grande.

Lisa Dawson has taught the Foundations Business Training Program for nearly nine 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.

Workshops take place:
Enterprise:  Tuesdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap,
400 E Grant St.
Baker City:  Wednesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Baker County Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
La Grande:  Thursdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at EOU Small Business Development Center, 1607 Gekeler Lane, Room 147.
To register, call NEOEDD by Jan. 23 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email Classes are free for participants. Class size is limited.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “The class helped me better understand the business world, business terms and to explore how much it really costs for me to produce my product.”
• “Working out a unit of sales, finding a break-even point and using formulas to help predict future income was very helpful.”
• “The size of the class [six to eight people] worked well because we were exposed to several types of businesses and the challenges faced by each.”
• “The instructor did an amazing job and has a wealth of knowledge and ideas.”
• “The class helped me with the planning, networking and encouragement needed to proceed with my idea.”
• “I learned how to do a more detailed analysis of financials and projected costs.”
• “I was able to revise my business plan to better meet my goals.”