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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.

"IGNITE" Ribbon-Cutting Oct. 9

Join NEOEDD and the City of La Grande Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. (previously Sept. 20) for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the launch of the "IGNITE" E-Center, 104 Depot St. An open house will follow until 1 p.m. "IGNITE" provides working space and a 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.

‘What’s DEI?’ Community Conversations in November

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 at https://tinyurl.com/ycgjznb8. 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 at the Oregon Humanities website (https://oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project/catalog/the-s...). 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.

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