May 2015 – The Partnership Newsletter


News from The Partnership



The second StartUp Weekend in Roseburg was a great success. Over 70 participants learned a ton about how to develop a business idea. Thanks to all our participants, and the many sponsors, including: The News Review, Ford Family Foundation, Umpqua Bank, and Metzler Media. You can read more about the event here: 

An update on the Roseburg Medical Education college effort. 



LeanLink: May 20, Noon, Elmer’s

Joy Yori will present her Lean 101 training to our group, describing the tools typically applied to new Lean implementations and a healthy review of Lean basics. Joy is Director of First Impressions at Embertson, CPA. She has successfully implemented Lean and process improvement techniques in the service sector, and she is furthering her experience with Lean by offering training through Umpqua Community College. Her perspective will help those of us struggling with the mental hurdle of transitioning Lean from the manufacturing floor to the office.

Oregon Employer Council Douglas County Seminar: May 20, 8AM to Noon, UCC

“Effective Communications” Presented by: Tom Nikirk

Registration is online at:

OMEP Training: May 29, 8AM to Noon, Hillsboro

Plastic Part Design Seminar for Injection Molding. R&D Plastics is offering a half-day seminar on plastic part design for plastic injection molding. The seminar relates material selection, part design and part quality. The focus will be on designing for manufacturability, part pricing and material selection. Part design is also discussed.

Regards to Rural 2015

The Regards to Rural Conference, June 26-27, 2015, at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, is designed to renew your energy, share practices, and spark innovative ideas for strengthening the economic vitality and social vibrancy of rural communities.



Oregon’s Community Public Offering system allows equity crowdfunding. 

The Fed’s are finally getting on board as well, the SEC finally released rules on equity crowd funding.  



According to Travel Oregon, visitor spending to and inside of Oregon in 2014 hit $10.3 billion, the first time that number has ever topped $10 billion. 

May is Oregon Wine Month [] … and local Umpqua Valley wines continue to receive recognition: Earl and Hilda Jones, owners of Abacela, received the Oregon Wine Board’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Brandbord winery became the third local winery to be named Wine Press Northwest’s Oregon Winery of the Year.

Travel Oregon is offering it’s Travel Oregon 101 as a webinar on May 14, 1:30 PM to 3 PM.


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