The Partnership’s August 2013 Newsletter

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Thanks to Gary Crowe, Jeff Ball, and Dotty Stapleton for participating in interviews about the benefits of operating a business–and living in–Douglas County. 

 

New winery and tasting room planned for downtown Roseburg.

 

Two new employers are coming to Douglas County: RosinCloud, a internet-based IT service provider, has leased the Cedar Place office building in Gardiner. A large west coast construction firm has purchased an industrial building in Drain. Both plan to begin operations soon.

 

RAIN (Roseburg Area Angel Investor Network)   application is now live.   RAIN is looking for early stage companies to compete in for the following categories: Launch Stage Capital Investment and Concept Stage. The winner of the Launch Stage will receive an equity investment of $125,000 or more. The Concept Stage prize package is worth $5,000, including $2,000 in cash. The deadline to enter the Launch Stage Capital Investment Campaign and Concept Stage is coming up soon – September 9, 2013.  

 

To learn more you can also attend the August YES! meet-up. (August 28, 2013 –   5:00 pm at The Loft – Roseburg Oregon – 950 SE Oak Street). During the meet-up, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about RAIN and a Sources of Funding training. Scott Sandler (Fund Manager, Oregon Angel Fund) will present on the varieties of   equity capital available for early stage companies. Oregon Pacific Bank will provide advice on when/how to approach conventional lenders.

 

Congressman DeFazio is hosting a briefing on Oregon’s new online health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Umpqua Business Center (522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg)

Sponsored by Umpqua Community College Small Business    Development Center. For more Information: Cover Oregon at 1-855-268-3767 / www.CoverOregon.com  

 

… or for a more in-depth discussion, consider attending DC SHRM’s September Seminar:

“Healthcare Reform and Employee Benefit Problem Areas” 

This session will look at the multiple aspects of employer-provided health benefits and try to identify potential problems and solutions for employers:

  • The nondiscrimination rules for non-grandfathered, insured medical plans
  • The “play-or-pay” rules for “applicable large employers,” which were just postponed to January 1, 2015
  • The restrictions on waiting periods, annual benefit limits, deductibles, out-of-pocket costs and preexisting-condition limits
  • Consumer-driven health care, including health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).

 

Friday, Sept 13,   2013, 8:30am-11:30am

Cow Creek Tribal Government Offices – 2371 NE Stephens St., Roseburg

RSVP: Rheanna Mosier – rrheanna.mosier@sosemploymentgroup.com .

 

Timber Policy Updates 

BLM is considering a temporary closure to the public to allow the experimental White Castle selective timber harvest to move ahead.

BLM is accepting comments on the proposal through August 30. The State of Oregon is considering sale of portions of the Elliot State Forest in face of suits halting logging operations. The Medford Mail Tribune joined the call to Sen. Wyden to get behind meaningful action on O&C reform .

 

 

 

 

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