The Partnership – July Newsletter





Please save the dates for the following Roseburg Area Angel Investor Network 2014 training sessions:

  • July 30, Paul Utz, former CEO of a Silicon Valley engineering firm, will be the featured speaker at the YES! Meetup. Paul has tremendous experience in building sales teams and strategies.
  • August 6, Jack Vitacco SBDC Director at Southern Oregon University, will provide a workshop on market research and market demonstration tactics.
  • August 14, a panel representing the three key disciplines – product, marketing, and finance – will discuss strategies to ensure all three perspectives are included in smaller businesses.
  • All sessions will be early evening, beginning 5:30 PM. More details will be forthcoming soon.


Local Business Making News

The New York Times travel section featured a discussion of southern Oregon wine-including visits to Abacela and Brandborg Winery.


North River Boats CEO Brent Hutchings announced that he has bought out his equity partners and is making plans to build North River for the long term. Brent discussed the changes and the positive reception he has received from the employees and the community on KQEN on July 1. 


RFP President Allyn Ford discussed his perspective of the role of sustainability in RFP’s business strategy in Oregon Business magazine.


Romtec is expanding its product line again-this time moving into vacation cabins.


Artbeats of Myrtle Creek is continuing its expansion into providing “drive plates” to Hollywood and the television industry.


Economic Development News

New UCC Small Business Development Center Director Anya Petersen-Frey began in June and is excited about providing excellent services to local small businesses. Anya will also be directing the Umpqua Business Center, our local business incubator. The SBDC is also seeking additional business counselors


Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership has hired Kristen Smith to be their local representative, operating out of Roseburg. If you are interested in OMEP’s services (OMEP offers a wide range of consulting services to small and medium manufacturers, from Lean implementation, to supply chain management, to succession planning), contact Kristen.


A new website development by Umpqua Basin Economic Alliance highlights some of the top road riding opportunities in the Land of Umpqua:


The Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline projects are beginning serious logistics planning. Kiewit/Black &Veetch, the prime contractor, will be inviting potential suppliers to list their capabilities through a website The site should be up soon. This massive capital project will create many opportunities for Oregon-based businesses, particularly those with good access to Coos Bay.


Pacific Power is hosting a breakfast workshop to share information out about wattsmart programs and incentives to help commercial customers save energy – and money. Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon will provide information about programs that can provide cash incentives for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. Breakfast is exclusively for Pacific Power business customers. Seats are limited, R.S.V.P.  at

Thursday, July 24, 2014 / 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. / Umpqua Community College

Please RSVP by Friday, July 18.


The Partnership for Economic Development is a collaborative organization focused on retention, expansion and recruitment of primary industry or “traded sector” businesses that provide family-wage jobs. Our activities are supported by our members. Thank you! 

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