The Partnership – September Newsletter


Roseburg area Angel Investor Network 2014 (RAIN)


Applications for the concept stage business plan competition and launch stage investment competition will be accepted through September 29. $150,000+ in investment and prizes available. See details at .


The general contractor for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal are seeking potential trade allies and suppliers. While all subs working on-site must be union, the project will be purchasing a wide range of supplies–from pencils to custom fabricated components. Oregon suppliers will receive a preference. Potential suppliers are requested to register at: .


Food for Profit Workshop-September 22


A day-long workshop will take you step by step through the information

necessary to start and run a small food business.  Especially for individuals who will be making and packaging their product for resale through retail outlets such as grocery stores, markets and restaurants, but appropriate for any food business. 

Sponsored by Neighborworks Umpqua, UCC Community and Workforce Training, and UCC Small Business Development Center. To Register Call  541-440-7744; Questions Call  541-440-4651 Monday, September 22, 9 am to 4 pm, Umpqua Business Center, Conf. Room 522, $49 includes lunch.


SBDC Training Calendar


Check out your local Small Business Development Center’s offerings in Excel, Quickbooks, and more.




Our Douglas County, industry-led coalition working to share information and training regarding continuous business process improvement will have our first meeting of the fall at Elmer’s, noon, on Tuesday, September 23. Discussion will focus on topics to address this year and training needs. For more information, visit .


Export Assistance


Business Oregon recently announced they have received additional funding to continue making STEP grants — these funds can pay half the cost (up to $5,000) for attending a foreign trade show or trade mission.


Travel Oregon’s Fall Tourism Campaign-Oregon Bounty


Tools and resources to tap into Travel Oregon’s efforts are available online.


NMTC Deal Supports RFP Re-Investment & Funds Local Economic Development Efforts


United Fund Advisors through an affiliate provided $10 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing to Roseburg Forest Products to install new equipment and expand its facilities in Dillard. In addition to providing working capital for Roseburg Forest Products, a portion of the NMTC financing was used to fund local economic development initiatives through a partnership between UFA, Sustainable Northwest and Rural Development Initiatives. These grant funds will support The Partnership’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship through RAIN and attract investment in travel and tourism.


Oregonian Launches Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign — EVER  Portland entrepreneur Ryan Grepper failed in his first attempt to fund his “Coolest Cooler” concept… but his second attempt raised over $13 million. Lunch Bunch Fall Renewable Energy Community Education Series

Oct. 14       Landfill Gas to Energy

Steve King, Coffin Butte Landfill, Corvallis

Jim Walls, Lake County Resource Initiative: Integrating multiple renewables in Lake County


Nov. 12      Bio-Energies

Ron Saranich, USFS Regional Biomass Coordinator: forest debris to energy

Matt Krumenauer, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Dept. of Energy: supportive policies


Dec. 9        Updates on Wave/wind

Robin Hartmann, Governor’s Advisory Panel on Ocean Resources


For each renewable source of energy, presenters emphasize the technologies, economics, and policy contexts. For more information and to pre-register for the program and buffet ($20), contact: Jim Long,; 541.673.3713




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