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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.

What's DEI??

Do you wonder what do 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?

Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alai Reyes-Santos, who will lead a discussion that about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone.

 

  • May 1 The Place, 301 S Lake St., Joseph  Register here
  • May 2 HatchLab Baker, 2019 A Main St., Baker City  Register here

 

Cost is $25, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.

Future roundtable dates are Aug. 1 (Location in Wallowa County TBD) and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

 

Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos is an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon. She is an award-winning scholar, and writer on race, gender, and migration studies, recently earning the 2015 Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has led workshops and served as a consultant on issues of equity and inclusion for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights,
Northwest Youth Corps, Pearl Buck Center, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, School Garden Project, and Centro Bono (Dominican Republic).

This program is offered with support from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

In Enterprise, Baker City, and La Grande

 

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Apr. 9 to reserve your seat in Enterprise, Baker City, or La Grande. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations workshop series 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 the City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place from 6 to 9 p.m:

• Enterprise: Thursdays – April 19, 26, and May 3, 17, 24, 31 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.
• La Grande: Tuesdays – April 17, 24, and May 1, 8, 22, 29 at TBD
• Baker City: Mondays – April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 21 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.

To register, call NEOEDD by Monday, Apr. 9, 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, 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

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