News from The Partnership
Umpqua Training & Employment has “OJT” slots available and moneys to subsidize “work experience” employment. If you are expanding and adding new positions, their On-the-Job-Training (OJT) funds can pay up to 50% of salary during the initial training period (often about 12 weeks). UT&E also has funding that can pay up to 100% of wages for the initial work period if and when you employ workers that are entering or reentering the workforce. For more information: http://www.ute1stop.org/home/ute/cpage_8/employer_services.html
The State of Oregon still has grant funds (and technical assistance) available to help small businesses enter new export markets.
Lean Link Lunch March 18, 2015
The LeanLink group will be meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00pm at Elmer’s Restaurant. The featured speaker for this months lunch will be Mark Zerbach from Your Kitchen and Bath. Mark is a former Boeing Engineering Manager who successfully implemented Operational Excellence principles in his Engineering Departments. For more information on the LeanLink Lunch please visit our website Events page at: http://www.uedpartnership.org/event
To learn more about the LeanLink visit: http://www.uedpartnership.org/lean
Roseburg Startup Weekend will be April 24-26
Do you want to mingle with capable, intelligent, innovative peers who will team up to create a business in 54 hours? This event could change your life and challenge your perspective of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ownership. What’s your best new idea? What frustrates you when you’re going through your day and can you devise an idea to make it better? Pitch your idea and see if it gets picked to be developed.
Nine companies are the first to experiment with using the State of Oregon’s Community Public Offering model. This crowdfunding approach allows actual direct investment by members of the public. http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2015/01/meet-the-9business-dreamers-testing-oregons-new.html
To learn more about Community Public Offering law, visit Hatch Oregon.
The State of Oregon is providing additional resources to support Oregon entrepreneurs who would like to apply for SBIR/STIR federal research grants.
UPCOMING SBDC WORKSHOPS
Government Contracting Opportunities
Procurement officers will be on hand to help you find, bid, and win contracts with both the state and feds. March 26, 8 AM to 3 PM.
Food for Profit
Step-by-step instructions on how to start and run a small food business. April 9-10, noon to 4 PM.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaSBDC.
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Umpqua Community College is launching a new agriculture business program.
The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub has been issuing grants to local schools and organizations to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education. This project is being coordinated by Douglas County Partners for Student Success. http://www.dcpss.org
STEAM HUB has collaborated with many local schools and companies in Douglas County. Some of these projects include improving CAD programs, related careers and technical education working with Winston/Dillard School Districts, UCC, UT&E, North River Jet Boats and Douglas High School. More information can be found at: http://www.dcpss.org/category/news/umpqua-valley-steam-hub/page/2
LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS
Ingram Content Group and Chegg (one of the nation’s largest college textbook rental companies) inked a deal to cement and deepen their relationship. Textbooks are a large and growing part of what the local Ingram distribution center in the Green area handles.
Pete Kimbrel, Safety Programs and Maintenance Manager for Orenco Systems received a 2015 GOSH (Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health) Award in the category of Safety and Health Professional. To read a bit about how Orenco’s AdvanTex products are being used in remote areas, you can check out a recent article by Tristian Bounds:
Harbor Wholesale’s distribution center in Green was recently recognized for their focus on workplace with the SHARP designation, through the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Glide-based Romtec announced another new product line: pre-fabricated storm shelters.
Several local wood products executives were interviewed for a recent article on how odd weather on both costs is impacting log supply.
The Oregon Wine Board recently released a study documenting the wine industries role in the state economy. In Douglas County, the industry was estimated to contribute almost 400 jobs, over a million dollars in property taxes, and a total economic impact of over $44 million.
Travel Oregon is bringing back its “7 Wonders of Oregon” campaign which features, among other destinations, Crater Lake and the Oregon Coast.
The Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be just up the road, in Eugene, this year, April 12-14.