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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.

“Raising Local Capital” Seminar Helps Entrepreneurs

As more people become interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities, small business owners can take advantage of these growing alternative funding sources. But which is which? How does a personal loan differ from a crowdfunding campaign? And what is a Community Public Offering (CPO)?

Lisa Dawson and Sara Miller of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) are leading the “Raising Local Capital” seminar in November for people who want to learn more about raising business capital from local sources. They will help entrepreneurs understand the different forms of community capital, how to remain compliant with securities law, what motivates investors to invest locally, and the implications of accepting a local investment.

The seminar will provide information about the CPO, Oregon’s new Intrastate Offering Exemption that enables Oregon business owners to raise funds from Oregon investors. Participants will leave with an understanding of the time commitment and costs involved with a CPO, as well as be able to assess how ready they are to move forward with one. The seminar is recommended as a prerequisite for any entrepreneur interested in NEOEDD's upcoming January CPO workshop series.

Seminars take place at 6 p.m.:
• Enterprise:  Nov. 28 at Enterprise Library, 101 NE First St.
• La Grande: Nov. 30 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
• Baker City:  Dec. 1 at Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St. 

To register, call NEOEDD by Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email Kristy.

“Hiring an Employee” Workshop Free to Public

In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and WorkSource Oregon offer a free workshop to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners understand the legal considerations of hiring employees—what’s required and recommended, and best practices. Don't wait to register—class size is limited!

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the workshop is offered free of charge!

Workshop takes place:
• Enterprise:  Tuesday, Nov. 1; 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• La Grande: Wednesday, Nov. 2; 6 to 9 p.m. at the Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler Lane, Room 147.
• Baker City:  Thursday, Nov. 3; 6 to 9 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2950 Church St. #B

To register, call NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email

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