Support for Veterans

 

Wilsonville, OR –  Yesterday, Republicans in the Legislature held a press conference with veterans and advocates to express support for Senate Bill 1054, which would lift the restrictions preventing veterans and their family members from accessing mental health care services.

Currently, the Brown administration’s so-called “Certificate of Need” process puts providers of veteran mental health care services through a brutal, labyrinth-like process when trying to build new facilities.  SB 1054 would end these roadblocks and fast track the process so veterans and their families can better access the promised care they need and deserve.

Yesterday, the same day as the Republican press conference with veterans and advocates, Gov. Kate Brown showed up to a gathering to celebrate and honor the 1186th Military Police Company from the Oregon National Guard.  Instead of policy and advocacy, she offered photographs and tweets. Brown did order the flags to half-mast to show some respect, but the Oregon GOP Chairman points out that the governor is offering nothing more than gimmicks and gestures.

“The governor snaps photos with veterans and easily follows Memorial Day traditions, but when the cameras aren’t flashing it’s a totally different reality,” state Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “The reality is that government unions and the Brown administration are holding veterans hostage, collecting ransom payments from mental health care providers, and playing games with veterans services budgets.”

Support from Oregon voters for state veterans services is overwhelming, as was demonstrated by the over 83% YES vote for Ballot Measure 96 in 2016 to allocate Oregon Lottery proceeds to fund these services, a message Gov. Brown has decided to ignore.

“If the governor truly cares about veterans, she would put her lip service into serious action and help get Senate Bill 1054 passed and signed into law,” added Currier.  “Heading into this Memorial Day weekend and remembering those who sacrificed so much in service to our nation, we must all demand that our Governor finally delivers to our veterans the care and support we owe them.”

 

Link to Online Posting:

https://oregon.gop/vets-kate-brown-photo-op-props-budget-hostages-2017-05-26

 

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

La Grande Summer Music Camp 2017 “Rockstar”

 

  • Registration is now open for the La Grande Summer Music Camp 2017 “Rockstar”!
  • Instrument playing, daily concerts, dance, piano lessons, guitar lessons, recorder, instrument building, treasure hunts and games.
  • Two PreK-2nd camps 6/12-16 & 7/24-28, 9-noon (Tuition $80/camp).
  • One 3rd-6th Grade camp 6/26-30 9-2pm (Tuition $100).
  • 30% Sibling Discount across all camps.
  • Information & Registration at www.emersonmusicarts.com or 541-605-0425

TrackTown Youth League

TrackTown Youth League is a series of completely FREE all-comers track meets throughout Oregon, culminating in a championship meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. No prior track & field experience is necessary to participate; the mission of TrackTown Youth League is to provide youth from all backgrounds and income levels the opportunity to participate in track & field. Please let us know if you can help spread the word within your community, especially by publicizing the La Grande meet in your newsletter or event calendar. I’ve included key information below as well as a link to download the La Grande meet’s flier. Please note that families need to arrive early as outlined below to allow time for check-in and number pick-up. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kate Johnson
Oregon Sports Authority
503.234.4500
kate@oregonsports.org

Attorney Workshop

NEOEDD Offers Attorney Workshop for Small Business Owners

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (May 2, 2017) – Are you a small-business owner who seeks basic legal information? Learn about the factors that you should be taking into account as you make decisions, including how to hire a professional service provider.

The workshops will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

  • May 22: Cook Memorial Library Meeting Room, 2006 4th St. in La Grande
  • May 23: HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St. in Baker City
  • May 31: Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St. in Enterprise

Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, these workshops are offered free of charge!

This workshop will include the following topics:

  • Benefits and downsides of various legal structures: Sole Proprietorship, LLCs, S-Corporations, B-Corporations, Partnerships
  • Liability and how legal structures may reduce risks, the relationship between legal structures and raising money through an equity offering, common mistakes new businesses make regarding structure choices
  • Rules of thumb for businesses in different industries
  • Trademarks and patents: what does a business need to know, when should they seek help?
  • Employment law: wage and hour requirements and workplace protections
  • Bylaws and operating agreements
  • How to hire an attorney

Presenters are Wyatt S. Baum (La Grande and Baker City) and Sadie Kennedy (Enterprise). To register, call Kristy at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email at 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 its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

 

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Oregon GOP Shares Frustration of Oregonians with Pointless Perpetual Protests By Anti-Trump Fringe Groups

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party issued a statement regarding the Protests Over Trump Tax Returns Saturday April 15th in Portland.

“It must be frustrating for so many Oregonians who want to enjoy a beautiful, sunny Easter weekend in Portland to have perpetual, professional, astroturf protesters disrupting their day with POLITICS, especially over an issue that only fringe activists care about.  What taxpayers REALLY care about is tax relief and simplification as they agonize to prepare their returns and write hefty checks to the IRS this weekend.  They won’t get help with that from these protesters.  Hopefully, their violence and property damage will be kept to a minimum – this time,” said Oregon Republican Party Spokesman Kevin Hoar.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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Become a Local Business “Angel”

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Apr. 14, 2017) – Want to support your neighborhood business? Be a small-town “angel” investor! Typical angel investors look for businesses that can grow quickly and then be sold. Small-town “angels” deal with smaller amounts of money and are interested in the long-term success of a business that will sustain a community, not abandon it.

“How to Be a Smart Local Investor” is a free, 3-hour seminar for people who want to support the entrepreneurs who are the foundation of our economy. The seminar provides a friendly and safe opportunity for participants to develop a personal framework for making investing decisions, and learn how to conduct due diligence and risk assessment. Participants will learn about different investment structures and have time to network. The workshop takes place Tuesday, Apr. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

at Nature’s Pantry, upstairs meeting room, 1907 4th St. in La Grande.

An article in Forbes magazine (http://tinyurl.com/jaem8o6) notes that “there are between 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. that account for 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs. And, a recent study by Paychex says that small businesses produce 13 times more patents than larger firms.” These small businesses may not be glamorous, but they are the economic engine of our nation. And multi-million-dollar investors are not the only “angel” investors—investments of just hundreds of dollars can make a difference to a local business owner.

To register, call NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org.

 

NEOC3 is a community partnership that’s spreading the word about local investing, to educate people about their ability to take more control of their financial futures. 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 its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

 

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NEOEDD Offers Exclusive Advanced Retreat Free to Business Owners

“Alpine” focuses on business owners who are at a crossroads

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is bringing Annie Milroy Price of Birds Eye Business Planning and Consulting to NE Oregon for a three-day intensive workshop retreat for business owners called “Alpine.” The retreat will take place on Wallowa Lake from Thursday, Apr. 27 through Saturday, Apr. 29. Register by Wednesday, Apr. 19 to reserve your seat.

 

“Alpine is for people who are beyond the hobby phase,” says Price. “They have actual numbers to work with. They are facing some decision-making in their business. They would like to have a cohort experience to look at their business’s past, tackle present challenges, and make plans for the future.”  

 

In addition to creating Alpine, Price was the lead designer of the Business Foundations class that has proven extremely popular in NE Oregon. NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson presents Business Foundations to dozens of local entrepreneurs every year. “We are so excited to have Annie come here to facilitate this retreat and explore participants’ business opportunities and needs,” says Dawson. “NEOEDD staff have worked with her in the past, and we’ve found her inspirational.”

 

To register, call NEOEDD by Wednesday, Apr. 19 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. Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the workshop portion of the retreat is offered free of charge! There is a required catering fee of $55 to cover cost of meals; payment must be received by Apr. 19 in order to attend. People with low-to-moderate incomes can request a scholarship to waive half of this fee. Lodging is also available; see registration link for more details: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFTBG7N

Invitation to the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum

Invitation to the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum

State of Oregon Seal 1859Free and Open to the PublicOregon-China Sister State Relations Council logo

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Invites
All Oregon Businesses to Attend
The 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum to Learn About

 “E-Commerce Export Platform”


On Friday, March 31, The Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council and Tianjin Economic & Technological Development Area will sponsor the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum.

If you want to learn more about connecting with the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce market in the world, don’t miss this opportunity. Experts from both China and Oregon will share “must have” information to help Oregon businesses sell their products and services to China directly via e-commerce.

Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council is a local organization and is working with state agencies such as Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and with the Tianjin municipal government in China. These groups are teaming-up to launch the first Public Private Partnership e-Commerce Export Platform to help Oregon small to medium-size companies market their products to Chinese consumers. The forum will provide you with first-hand knowledge about how to set up your e-commerce store, promote on China social media, work with logistics companies in both Oregon and China, and display your product samples in Oregon’s window at the Tianjin International Sister City Pavilion in China.

There is limited space available. Make your reservation today:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-oregon-china-economic-forum-tickets-477944545

DATE: Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME: 3-6 p.m.
WHERE: Abernethy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045

The forum is being co-sponsored by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and NW Regional China Council.

I hope to see you there.

Dennis Richardson


If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste, or abuse affecting state funds or resources, call the Oregon Government Waste Hotline at 1-800-336-8218.

NEOEDD Requests Civic Projects

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Mar. 7, 2017) – Each year the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District updates the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. The CEDS provides an important overview of the region’s social and business conditions, analyzes the region’s economic and community development issues and opportunities, and presents a list of potential economic development and civic projects within the region. See NEOEDD’s website for the 2013-2018 Plan and 2016 Update: http://www.neoedd.org/content/comprehensive-plan 

NEOEDD is collecting information for the 2017 CEDS project list using a form available here: http://www.neoedd.org/content/2017-ceds-project-information-form. Projects must have a public benefit and be sponsored by a government or non-profit organization. Projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, and/or that address federal Economic Development Administration guidelines, will have greater priority for some funding sources. If your organization submits more than one project, please rank the projects in priority order. The deadline is Mar. 24, 2017. Return via email to kristyathens@neoedd.org.

 

Additionally, NEOEDD is offering to list CEDS projects on an online platform called Agora. NEOEDD is using Agora to connect projects with potential funders (public funders-such as state and federal agencies, community foundations and banks, and philanthropic sector individuals and organizations), to create greater visibility for projects, and to keep project descriptions up-to-date. Agora’s website has a quick video overview: http://www.agora-platform.com/. NEOEDD is available to register organizations and projects on Agora, and then transfer registration information to project managers so they can make updates and correspond with potential funders as they wish.

Please return project forms no later than Mar. 24, 2017. Direct questions to Sara Miller, Kristy Athens, or Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598.

 

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 its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

“Hiring Your First Employee” Workshop Free to Public

“Hiring Your First Employee” Workshop Free to Public

In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – 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. 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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