The Partnership’s February Newsletter


Local Events & Trainings 

“Making Culture Change a Tool, Not a Threat. Leave it at the Door, A New But Necessary Expectation.” 

Kellye Wise, VP of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Roseburg Forest Products.

A Lean Link lunch. 

Noon, February 18, 2014. Please register by February 14.


Leadership Presence: What It Is and How To Get It”

Colleen Kettenhofen is an international workplace employee management expert, award-winning speaker, and career turnaround specialist.

Sponsored by Oregon Employer Council Douglas County, Umpqua Community College and Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce. 

February 13, 8 AM to Noon. Registration required.


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.

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


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



Milt Herbert, founder of Herbert Lumber Co., will be honored as this year’s Legacy Award winner, selected by the Douglas County Museum’s foundation.


A new nonprofit agency has announced grants available to assist the development of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry in Oregon.


The Senate Natural Resources Committee held hearings on Senator Wyden’s O&C lands proposal. Coverage in The News Review, Oregonian, and on Jefferson Public Radio


A proposal in the Oregon legislature would provide state support for replanting private timber lands damaged by wildfires.


The State has cancelled dozens of timber sales in the Elliot State Forest to settle conservation lawsuit over marbled murrelet habitat. 


Small Family Business Succession and Planning Resources

The Austin Family Business Program has a wealth of resources on their website and offers programs around the state.


Angel Capital Available…

The Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network is seeking applicants for their Spring 2014 investment conference. Launch and growth stage businesses seeking funding can bring their innovations to a wider, national or international market are appropriate for this application. Entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital or existing proprietors raising expansion capital are encouraged to review the proposed term sheet offered by the investors. Each spring one company is selected through a contest-format to receive an investment that can range from $160,000 to $300,000.  Applications are being accepted now through February 28, 2014.


The Willamette Angel Conference is a similar program based in Eugene. Their deadline for applications is February 25.  


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 at the Chamber.


More Tourism Industry Resources

Oregon Introduces a Statewide Bike Friendly Business Program

The Oregon Bike Friendly program is a recognition and training program designed to provide tips and tools for businesses to attract cyclists by offering amenities they seek. All businesses in Oregon are welcome to participate. Once officially recognized as Bike Friendly by Travel Oregon, tourism-related businesses will receive special recognition through Travel Oregon’s marketing channels, including Travel and Bicycle-related tourism contributes $400 million into Oregon’s economy annually, according to a 2012 study by Dean Runyan Associates. The Bike Friendly Business program is designed to help local businesses tap into this growing segment of the state’s economy by delivering a premier experience for people biking in Oregon. For details on the Bike Friendly Business Program, go to:


Oregon Wine Board’s Oregon Wine Symposium

The Northwest’s premier wine community trade show and educational event is composed of two days of focused viticulture, enology and business sessions presented by some of our industry’s leading experts. A second business track for winery executives and owners to address the deep details of winery operations has been added each day.

February 25 & 26, 2014


Travel Oregon 101 Webinar

March 13, 2014

An overview of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry, and is designed to help visitor-related organizations and businesses take advantage of the many opportunities offered by Travel Oregon. Find out how to partner with other industry members to maximize your exposure to visitors.

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference) 

Held each spring just prior to the summer visitor season, conference is a must for training front line visitor services staff whether you work at a visitor or welcome center, hotel front desk, concierge desk, bed and breakfast, state park, rest area or in any visitor information capacity.

May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay


Oregon Welcome Center Brochure Program 

Display your brochures or visitor guides at one or more of the nine Oregon Welcome Centers at high-traffic gateways to the state. In 2013, over 213,000 brochures were distributed through the PDX Welcome Center and over 112,000 visitors benefited from personalized travel planning assistance at the other eight Welcome Centers.

The 2014 program sales application process is open now and the last day to sign up to participate is April 30, 2014.

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