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NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Sept. 21 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

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

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place from 6 to 9 p.m.:

• Baker City:  Mondays, Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class Oct. 15); and Nov. 5 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Tuesdays, Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30 (no class Oct. 16); and Nov. 6 at IGNITE, 104 Depot St.
• Enterprise: Thursdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; and Nov. 1 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Sept. 21 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 is required.

The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
• Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision 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, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
• Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.
• Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans, share final pitches, and plan for 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

8 Oct 2018, 9:11 am

The Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3) continues its examination of the power of local investing by inviting international financial advisor Marco Vangelisti to speak in La Grande, Joseph and Baker City.

Vangelisti came to the United States from Italy as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, he worked as a visual artist and obtained an MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later managed investment equity portfolios, primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In 2009 Vangelisti left the finance industry, took all his money out of the stock market and began investing directly in local businesses. He was instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter. Vangelisti wants to share his local investing experience across the country to help people increase local investing in their communities.

The public events will be held at 6 p.m.:
Monday, May 11
The Little Bagel Shop
1780 Main St. in Baker City

Tuesday, May 12
EOU Inlow Hall, Rm. 201
1 University Blvd. in La Grande
 
Wednesday, May 13
Red Horse Coffee Traders
306 N Main St. in Joseph
 
Suggested donation scale $5 to $15; free for students. No registration is required.

18 May 2015, 10:08 am

NEOEDD is pleased to announce that The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has awarded it $15,000 to support development of a “local financing ecosystem” to meet the needs of businesses and citizens in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. NEOEDD was also invited to apply for additional OCF funds in 2014. The grant comes from two OCF funds, the Miller Charitable Fund and the Ward Family Fund.

“These funds will help us bring investing education and tools to the region in the coming year,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “Economic and community-development partners have laid some important groundwork, but there’s a lot more to do to connect investors and entrepreneurs.”

“Community Capital” gives local citizens the option to divert money from the global stock market (which does not benefit the region) into NE Oregon businesses. NEOEDD is part of the NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, a group of fouteen organizations working in conjunction with Springboard Innovation and its online platform, ChangeXchange Northwest, to launch a community capital program in NE Oregon. The Community Capital project is not an NEOEDD-sponsored investment fund, but a program of training and technical assistance to enable individuals to enter into legal investment arrangements with entrepreneurs and businesses of their choice.

“This program moves toward creating permanent, mutually beneficial relationships between community members who have capital and small-business owners who need capital to establish or grow their businesses,” says Dawson. “We want to see a region that is full of engaged citizen-investors and vibrant, creative and successful business enterprises.”

The Community Capital Collaborative is seeking additional partners, and volunteers for the following teams: Leadership, Marketing and Communications, Local Loyalty Point System, Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network (LIION), Education, and Event-Planning. If you are interested in getting involved, or want more information, please contact Lisa Dawson at lisadawson@neoedd.org, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

24 Jan 2014, 9:45 am