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NEOEDD offers GrantReady on Saturdays from Oct. 21 to Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in La Grande. GrantReady organizational development and grant-writing training provides tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects.

GrantReady consists of four training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:
• Organizational and project budgeting
• Components of a grant proposal
• Funding plan
• Evaluation methods
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
• Board relations
• Foundation site visits
• Grant reporting
Lunch will be provided. The first session will be at the La Grande Public Library (2006 4th St.) and subsequent sessions at OSU Extension (10507 N McAlister Rd.). The cost for the series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. The program will be offered in Wallowa and Baker counties next year. Register at http://bit.ly/2xuhFrA

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:
• “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package.  Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”
• “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”
• “I benefitted from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”
• “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”
• “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources, such as the list of grant awarding businesses.”

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

28 Sep 2017, 10:17 am

NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Jun. 23 to reserve your seat in Wallowa, Elgin, Baker City, or La Grande. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for more than ten 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 variable costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.

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

Workshops take place:
• Wallowa: Mondays, Jul. 10 – Aug. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wallowa City Hall, 104 N Pine St.
• Elgin: Tuesdays, Jul. 11 – Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Elgin Depot, 300 Depot St.
• Baker City: Wednesdays, Jul. 12 – Aug. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Thursdays, Jun. 29 – Aug. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Jun. 23 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
• Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision, set priorities, and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
• Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
• Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
• Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, identify and assess competitors, and target markets.
• Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on product, or marketing materials.
• Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans and generate next steps.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
• “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
• “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City

11 Jul 2017, 1:38 pm

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. Register by Mar. 31 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise.

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

Workshop takes place:
• Enterprise:  Tuesday, Apr. 4; 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• Baker City:  Wednesday, Apr. 5; 6 to 9 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2019 Main St.
• Baker City:  Thursday, Apr. 6; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Thursday, Apr. 6; 6 to 9 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Mar. 31 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

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. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

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4 Apr 2017, 11:20 am