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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.

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Workshops Cover New Oregon Investment Law

More people are becoming interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities. This change is being driven in part by an increased awareness of the significant impact that residents can make, re-directing even a small portion of their investments and savings from Wall Street to locally owned businesses. The Community Capital Initiative is not focused on accredited investors but on non-wealthy individuals who have some investment money and care about the region in which they live.

The NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative and its Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network (LIION) affiliate are offering a series of workshops for people who want to learn more about local investing—as an investor, business owner, or both!

The workshop series takes place November 11, 12 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St., in Enterprise. Registration is $25 per workshop, or $60 for all three, and is available online at https://squareup.com/market/northeast-oregon-economic-development-district or you may come to the NEOEDD office (101 NE First St., Suite 100, in Enterprise). Registration deadline: November 7.

The workshop series takes place December 8, 9 and 11 (not 10) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Crossroads Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave., in Baker City. Registration is $25 per workshop, or $60 for all three, and is available online at https://squareup.com/market/northeast-oregon-economic-development-district. Registration deadline: December 4.

The public is welcome to attend one, two, or all three workshops:
• Workshop 1 - Introduction to Local Investing: Recommended for anyone interested in local investing
Describes local investing and its benefits, and new Oregon investing rules that will make it possible for non-wealthy people to invest in their neighbors and their community

• Workshop 2 - How to be a Smart Local Investor: Helps investors form a personal framework for local investing, and decide where local investment fits into their portfolio, what types of due diligence they may want to conduct, and what questions need to be answered before making an investment

• Workshop 3 - What Local Investors Want: Helps business owners understand their options, what they need to know to stay compliant with securities law, motivations investors may have for investing locally, and implications of accepting a local investment

The Miller Charitable Fund and the Ward Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have provided funding to support NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’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. In 2013, NEOEDD formed a regional collaborative—the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC³)—that holds educational events, organized networking groups, and developed educational workshops. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org or 541-426-3598.

Carol Peppe Hewitt Returns to Discuss Local Investing

Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, returns with her inspiring stories of neighbors empowering neighbors with local investing. Hewitt presented in Northeast Oregon in May of this year and is the keynote speaker at the Economic Vitality Summit, which takes place earlier in the day.

Hosted by the Union County Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network (LIION), the event will take place December 10 at the Cook Memorial Library Community Room, 2006 4th St., in La Grande. A social reception is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Financing Our Foodshed describes person-to-person lending examples that have made it possible for food and farm businesses to start, succeed and grow. Whether funding a precision seeder, a walk-in-cooler, a new well, or the purchase of chicks and ducklings, each loan from one person to another has enriched the local economy. Hewitt’s book focuses on food-related efforts, but the lessons in local investing are relevant across all areas of business.

“We are so pleased to have Carol out to speak with us again about local investing,” says Lisa Dawson, executive director of Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD). “We planned an evening event for those who are unable to attend the Economic Vitality Summit during the day.”

This event is part of a series of LIION programs that explore local investing and explain how diverting money from the stock market and investing it in local businesses can create substantial economic and community benefits. LIIONs are not investment funds or clubs, but a program of education and networking events with the goal of enabling individuals and businesses to enter into private investment arrangements of their choice.

Admission is by suggested donation at the door:
$5 – I support community capital for my Town
$10 – I support community capital for my County
$15 – I support community capital for my Region
Free for students!

Light snacks will be available. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kristy Athens, outreach specialist, at kristyathens@neoedd.org, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

The Miller Charitable Fund and the Ward Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have provided funding to support NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.