The Partnership Newsletter – January 2014

The Partnership – January 2014 Newsletter


Umpqua Bank was named one of the Top 100 best companies to work for in the nation, by Fortune.

Lone Rock Logging was recently recognized by the Oregon Department of Forestry as the Southwest Operator of the Year for 2013. The award particularly recognized the company’s work on restoration of King Creek.

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad is seeking public support to consolidate its operations and expand its maintenance capabilities at the Winchester switch-yard.

InUmpqua Directory Advertising Now Available

Advertising sales for the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile and visitor magazine) must be reserved by February 14, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Gail Trimble.

2014 Employer & Career Expo has been scheduled for March 19, 2014

To register, please contact: Gail Trimble at Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce 541-672-2648 x22


Training Opportunities

Farmer’s Market Vendor Workshops

NeighborWorks Umpqua, with support from USDA, is holding a series of trainings for individuals interested in selling products through local farmer’s markets.

Jan. 23   —  Labeling and Marketing

Feb. 6   — Social Media 101

Feb. 27   — Greenhouse Prep and Planting

March   13 — Poultry Processing Tour

March   27 — Meat to Market Tour

For complete class information and how to RSVP, visit

2014 FoodWorx: The Future of Food conference will be held in Portland February 4. FoodWorx is designed to   provoke thought and inspire ideas among everyone who loves, or is involved with, food and drink. What trends will shape the future of food and drink production, manufacturing, travel, distribution and consumption? FoodWorx is a one-day TED-style conference that was created to tackle hard food industry questions and present “food for thought” to everyone who loves food.

UCC’s schedule of classes for Winter 2014 is now available on-line.  Classes on starting your own business, business software, Quick Books, and business skills such as distribution and logistics management, conflict management, and negotiation tactics are all available.

Unemployment Insurance Forum hosted by the Oregon Employer Council Douglas County, Jan. 28 (8 – 10 a.m.) at the ESD.  Recent changes to the Unemployment Insurance laws and reporting requirements have raised concerns and caused confusion for Oregon employers.  This forum will explain the changes and why they were implemented, including the UI Integrity Law. Q&A session with David Gerstenfeld, the Assistant Director of the Unemployment Insurance Division   for the Oregon Employment Department. To register, please   contact: Gail Trimble at Roseburg Area Chamber of   Commerce 541-672-2648 x22.

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6. Presentations over the conference focus primarily on human resource management issues, but cover a range of topics of interest to business. Details and agenda are available from the OEC.

The Eugene Chamber hosts a monthly evening pub talk series, called “Smart Ups.” Each month focuses on a different topic. The January 30 event will feature: Doug Porter, President of designPORT, Inc. discussing potential exit strategies including licensing and contract manufacturing, how angels and VC’s value an opportunity, and the importance of IP and how it   affects timing and execution. David Schroeder from RelianceCM discusses the in’s and out’s of designing and testing a new product, eliminating risks your customer fears like cost and performance, and how risk versus reward   affects financing development. Registration information.

Lessons for Dealing with ‘Founder’s Dilemmas’ 
Interested in launching a startup but afraid you will make critical errors at the outset that will torpedo your efforts? The Kauffman Founders School has introduced a new education series featuring insights from Noam Wasserman, who teaches an award-winning course on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.

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