September Newsletter


Partner News

Our next industry tour will focus on distribution companies in Douglas County (Ingram Books, Winco Foods, and Pure Bulk). The tour will take place on October 30 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM. If you would like to reserve a spot, please send us an email, or you can purchase tickets here.

CCD Business Development Corporation recently received $1 million to establish a new loan fund that can make small loans (up to $200,000) to start-up and early stage companies. For more information, contact CCD’s business finance department.

Lean Training Opportunities

Last Chance! Lean as a Growth Strategy is September 18. Half-day seminar featuring case studies of service, office, and manufacturing firms using process improvement to gain competitive advantages. Sponsored by Douglas County Lean Networking Group and featuring Shingo Prize winner Gary Conner.

Lean Leader Certification: A week-long training (October 22 to 26) led by Gary Conner will prepare you to lead and implement multiple strategies, from 5S projects to value stream mapping.

More Training Opportunities

The Power Up Academy is offering a “train the trainer” forklift operator training in White City on September 26–so you can establish your own in-house forklift safety program. See SO Power Up.

A full-day export strategy workshop by the Portland Export Assistance Center. Available October 23 in Salem and November 8 in Newport. More details here. There are lots of other trainings and resources to support you as you consider expanding into new international markets see the Export Assistance Center’s newsletter or website.

Business News

Our own Rep. Bruce Hanna, Arnie Roblan and local trade unions leaders have all recently endorsed the Port of Coos Bays efforts to develop a coal export terminal and boost local economic activity.

North River Boats is out of receivership and the new management is optimistic about opportunities for growth.

General Cable has completed their purchase of all of Alcan Cable’s North American facilities, including the factory in Winchester.

Resources for Entrepreneurs

The Umpqua Business Center — home of our local Small Business Development Center — is now accepting client applications for admission. Candidates should be early stage businesses with potential for job creation. Contact Rene Toman at (541) 440-0995.

Umpqua Local Goods at 730 SE Cass in Roseburg features local crafts and products and a shared kitchen is now available to support the growth of local food product production. If you have questions about selling goods through the store or renting commercial kitchen space, contact Virginia Elandt at (541) 673-4909.

The weekend of October 12, the Kaufmann Foundation is sponsoring a “start-up weekend” in Eugene. These events are an intensive, fast-paced opportunity to flesh out and evaluate a new business idea.

YES, Young Entrepreneurs Society of Umpqua, meets monthly and supports networking among business owners and professionals.

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