The Partnership – September 2013 Newsletter



RAIN (Roseburg Area Angel Investment Network) applications for “launch stage” equity investment or “concept stage” start-up prize are due September 9. Finalists will be invited to pitch at a conference on November 13. Apply here.

Pitch Training. John Lee of Folium Partners will give a half-day “The Perfect Pitch” training on Saturday, October 26. Details. No cost, RSVP to The Partnership.


Industry Tour-Presented by Umpqua Community College SBDC and The Partnership

Fall 2013 Industry Tour: October 8, 8 AM to 3 PM: Visit local wood products manufacturers and see the transformation of a raw log to a finished building project. We will tour Nordic Veneer, Roseburg Forest Product’s Engineered Wood Products plant, and VT Industries. Each of these companies is an industry leader and the tour will focus on their continuous process improvement efforts. Register here.

Forestry & Wood Products

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a non-profit organization supporting Congressional action on a comprehensive and permanent solution to restore the health of our rural counties and federal forest lands.They are working to build a contact list of folks for this grassroots effort.  For more information, visit the . 

Upcoming wood products events:

  • ITCB 2013: the Second International Conference on Timber Bridges. September 30 to October 2,Las Vegas,NV. 
  • Portland Wood Solutions Fair. Access to wood design experts for one-on-one support, informative seminars, technical information from manufacturers, engineering consultants and industry associations, and exhibits featuring a wide range of structural and finishing products. October 15, 2013. OregonConvention Center.

The Oregonian editorial board recently took on the ways that LEED certification under-values the sustainability of wood construction in, “LEED certification vs. Oregon wood industry.”


A snapshot of recent trends in visitor spending in SW Oregon.

Source: Dean Runyan Associates.

Lunch bunch on September 10 will focus on the economic values of wilderness and recreational trails in the Cascades. Registration required.

E Business/Rogue Nexus 

Celebrating eBusiness in Southern Oregon. Trade show featuring Rogue Valley E-Businesses. E-Xpo provides a great opportunity for the world to see what the E-People in Jackson & JosephineCounties are up to. Keynotes by Skip Newbury, Tech Association of Oregon and Emily Harris, Partner Marketing Manager, Google. October 25, Medford.

Government Contracting

Healthcare Reform Resources

DC SHRM’s September Seminar focuses on “Healthcare Reform and Employee Benefit Problem Areas.” Sept 13, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Cow Creek Tribal Government Offices. RSVP: Rheanna Mosier.

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Business

SBA and Small Business Majority have teamed up for a free webinar series where small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their business and employees. 


Supervisor Training

“Effective Supervisory Practices” by Jennifer Germundson of  Bureau of Labor & Industries (B.O.L.I.). September 18, UmpquaCommunity College, 8:00 AM – Noon. Registration: call Gail Trimble at 541-672-2648 x. 22.




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