January 2015 – The Partnership Newsletter


News from The Partnership

 RAIN & Local Entrepreneurship

The 2014 Roseburg area Angel Investor Network Conference took place on November 19, 2014.  The Concept Stage Competition winner was Nola Mix of Roseburg; they received a prize package of $5,000 in cash and services.  Nola Mix makes grain-free granola, available from multiple local Roseburg retailers.

Participants at the conference heard from accomplished entrepreneurs and angel investors–and saw a video that the Partnership commissioned by Kody Kellom. “Experience Entrepreneurship in its Natural State” focuses on recent developments in Umpqua Valley businesses and entrepreneurship. Check it out on Youtube or via The Partnership’s website at www.uedpartnership.org.


Non-Ferrous Welding

The Partnership, with support from the Douglas County Industrial Development Board and the City of Roseburg, have purchased four new non-ferrous welding set-ups for Roseburg High to allow local students to work with aluminum and other non-ferrous metals.


Local News

North River Boats enters new market segment with its largest boat ever: the 52′ Endeavour.


The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic summit was information filled as always. Local and regional outlets picked up on the idea that a “silver tsunami” may be on the way for southern Oregon. Recent stories reinforce the potential: Oregon remains a hot destination for relocation–a trend that could be reinforced by climate change. Also at the summit, Gary Conner urged local manufacturers to consider taking steps to reduce lead times, improve margins through continuous process improvement (see LeanLink information below for local opportunities).


Local Trainings/Events

OECDC Training — Managing and Motivating a Diverse Workforce 

8 AM to Noon, January 14, Umpqua Community College

Presented by Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall, a management-side labor and employment law attorney with over 15 years of experience representing employers. Jennifer’s unique “employment law with HR strings attached” approach promotes organizational development and responsible risk management by integrating legal compliance with positive workplace practices. To register & pre-pay, contact Gail at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.


Lean Link Lunch – Roundtable on Production Management in Custom Shops

Noon to 1:30 PM, January 20, Elmer’s Roseburg

Round-table discussion with four local manufacturers on order & production management processes in highly variable, custom environments. Upcoming trainings will include topics such as Predictive Maintenance and Supply Chain management. 


UCC Training — “Breaking Bad Communication Habits”

4 to 5:30 PM, January 27, Umpqua Business Center

Join other employers in Douglas County for a free training on “Breaking Bad Communication Habits”.  Taught by UCC Professor and Regional Trainer Paula Usrey, you will gain practical tips to use in your business or organization. The event features an overview of employee training services offered by UCC Community & Workforce Training. 


Supply Chain Tools

The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership recently received a grant to help more Pacific Northwest manufacturers connect with local suppliers … and the Northwest Connectory is already available. To grow your national visibility, be sure to keep your listing up-to-date on Thomasnet . Also, you can still register as a potential supplier for the Jordan Cove project–which would be the largest private capital project in Oregon’s history at: http://www.jordancoveone.com/ .


Other Trainings/Events

Export seminar for beverage & food companies

9 AM – 3 PM, January 16, Portland

Seminar covers a range of topics from case studies, to assistance programs, insurance, brokers, and market development strategies



Feb. 7, Portland

FoodWorx is an exceptional annual event welcoming hundreds of food-focused people – business owners, consumers, thought leaders and industry experts – to come together and discuss the future of food and drink that is important to us all.

Travel Oregon 101 webinar-March 11

The 101 is a free educational event for the tourism industry, designed to help travel-related organizations and businesses take advantage of the many opportunities and services offered by Travel Oregon and to learn about successful partnership opportunities around the state


State Economic Development News

The rural economy in Oregon was a focus at the January Oregon Business Plan Summit.

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