The Partnership – April 2015 Newsletter

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News from The Partnership

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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. http://www.up.co/communities/usa/roseburg/startup-weekend/4982

The Downtown Roseburg Association – working with the SE Roseburg neighborhood – announced a new logo for downtown, representing the “Heart of Roseburg”  http://www.541radio.com/HEART-OF-ROSEBURG-NEW-BRANDING-FOR­DOWNTOWN/21084936

CCD Business Development Corp. http://ccdbusiness.org recently submitted an application to extend the Roberts Creek Enterprise Zone. http://www.uedpartnership.org/investment-incentives/roberts-creek   The zone makes available property tax incentives for industrial and traded sector businesses when they make new investments and expand employment.

Last chance to reserve space in the 2015 Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce pulication: InUmpqua   RESERVE YOUR SPACE BY APRIL 24, 2015 EMAIL:  gailt@roseburgareachamber.org

 

On Tax Day, our Local LeanLink group was trained on the benefits of implementing a World Class Maintenance Program by OMEP consultant Derek Lindahl. Derek went well beyond the tool of Total Productive Maintenance to discuss how to develop a culture of Operational Excellence. If you would like to learn more about that topic, or get involved in future LeanLink trainings, please contact us: info@uedpartnership.org

EVENTS

Lunch & Learn – Business Entity Types Attorney Steve Kaser will review the options for corporate structures, from partnerships to LLCs. Free Brownbag lunch April 22 – Umpqua Business Center — Noon

Travel Oregon 101 A FREE seminar offers an overview of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry, 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 around the state to maximize your exposure to visitors. Every attendee receives a resource packet brimming with information and contacts for future reference. April 29 – Eugene — 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. http://industry.traveloregon.com/industry-resources/education-and-training/travel­oregon-101

Front-Line Customer Service Training The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “Exceptional Customer Service Seminar” for front-line service employees. Whether you employ front-line service staff at a restaurant, gas station, hotel, winery, retail establishment or another business that greets visitors to our community, we hope you’ll consider sending them to the Chamber’s customer service seminar. May 19 – Roseburg – 2:00 – 4:30 p.pm. The class is FREE to the first 50 people that register. Call or email the chamber at 541-672-9731, ext. 15 or assistant@visitroseburg.com

Oregon Tech Talks Full day TedTalk-style event will include talks on robotics, cyber-security, 3D printing, wearable display technology, and electric vehicles. May 2 – Wilsonville — Live Stream available  http://www.oregontechtalks.org

Willamette Angel Conference See early stage companies compete for several hundred thousand dollars in angel investment dollars.  May 14 — Corvallis  http://www.willametteconference.com/2015-willamette-angel-conference

 

NEWS

A detailed story on DR Johnson’s effort to be the first Oregon producer of CLT  http://www.oregonbusiness.com/articles/172-april-2015/14811-beam-me-up

Statewide study on wine industry’s $3.35 billion impact driven in large part by the many services and other businesses that are suppliers to the industry http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150315/NEWS/150319731/101077/BIZ

Business startup rates slow to recover from recession declines.  http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon­forest/index.ssf/2015/03/entrepreneurship_down_sharply.html

A national competition for funds to support new Clean Tech businesses (“Clean Tech Open”) is accepting applications for $200,000 in awards. Deadline is May 1. https://western.cleantechopen.org/join-us/startups

Senate Majority leader declares the $15 minimum wage bill dead. http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150326/NEWS/150329709/101141/NEWS

Ingram inks deal with Chegg to grow Ingram’s role in delivering student textbook rentals. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chegg-and-ingram-content-group-sign­agreement-300061145.html

 

RESOURCES

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. http://www.oregon4biz.com/Global-Connections/Export-Promotion

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