September October Newsletter


News from The Partnership.  September / October Newsletter

Also can be viewed at:  September-October Newsletter

Entrepreneurship Events:

YES! MeetupPitch Workshop

Training & Resources:

Export Support

ITAR Training

Supply Chain Conference

Douglas County Companies in the News

Douglas County Ranked #1 in Oregon for Beauty & Outdoor Amenities

State Economic News

Travel Industry Resources    


YES! Meetup – September 30 – Wayne Patterson

This months’s Yes! meetup will feature a talk by Wayne Patterson. Wayne has a wealth of experience–see his bio below–that he will share with folks. He will focus on brand development, product excellence, and distribution–key elements of building company value.

    September 30 ♦ Doors at 5 PM ♦  Presentation ~ 5.30 PM

    Umpqua Business Center  ♦ 522 SE Washington Ave.

This month’s meetup is being sponsored by Southern Oregon Business Journal

Wayne Patterson is a Douglas County resident and most recently was CEO overseeing the operations of all American PerformaYESnce Technologies divisions (branded powersports: Motovox, Motovox Pro, Motoped, SmartCarb), fuel systems, engine development, and EPA/CARB emission lab.  Wayne’s background includes co-founder of Alpine Electronics, co-founder Proton Electronics, SVP of Specialized Bicycle Corporation, corporate restructure and strategic development for Oakley, and category development/M&A/Advisory Board for Nike.

Over the last 30+ years, Patterson has worked with as senior consultant and or held senior executive positions at major consumer brands including Nike, Specialized, Oakley, Mattel, Polaris, Sony, Trek, Schutt, Alpine, Proton and others.  


Presenting to Investors: How to Tell a Compelling Story


One of the key attributes of successful entrepreneurs is the ability to deliver a clear, concise and compelling story about their business to investors, partners, customers and employees.  This half-day workshop focuses specifically on creating and delivering your pitch to investors. 
You’ll learn strategies and skills to:

  • Target Your Presentation to Investors. How to deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.
  • Create a Compelling Storyline.  How to structure your presentation so you build a strong business case for investing in your company.
  • Deliver With Confidence.  How to channel your energy and deliver your story with impact.

This is an interactive workshop where you’ll have a chance to work on, and practice a short pitch for your company.   You’ll walk away more confident in your ability to tell your story! Open to RAIN competitors and any other Douglas County entrepreneurs. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015. 10 AM to 2 PM. Umpqua Business Center (522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg, OR). Free … but please RSVP.


Trade Promotion Support

Business Oregon has resources ($$$) to support your efforts to grow your international markets, including visits to international trade shows. 

Examples of supported activities include:

  • Exhibition at a commercial international trade show
  • Participation in an international trade mission organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Business Oregon or specific STEP Partners/Contractors
  • Web site localization (maximum reimbursement of $3,000)
  • Counseling, match-making, Gold Key or subscription to other services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service
  • Attendance at export seminars or training provided by the U.S. Commercial Service in U.S. locations (maximum reimbursement of $500)
  • Market research, lead generation, Web development or other counseling services provided by Oregon’s overseas representatives.


PNDC Events: ITAR Training & Supply Chain Conference

Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) trainings are open to members and non-members. Up-coming events include:


Douglas County Companies Making News

DR Johnson became the first mill in the U.S. certified to produce cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new wood building material with broad applications in commercial and high-rise construction. Architect Michael Green, an evangelist for CLT, has a great TED Talk about the potential of CLT.

Roseburg Forest Products completed the purchase of a medium density fiberboard plant in Medford.

C&D Lumber is nearing completion of a major (8-figure) new investment in the Riddle sawmill.
Built Oregon, a new electronic magazine focusing on innovative small businesses and entrepreneurs in Oregon, recently featured FCC Commercial Furniture. The article includes a mention of lean implementation at their facility. To learn more about local resources for continuous process improvement and “lean” check out LeanLInk.

Two local entrepreneurs recently launched the NEW Southern Oregon Business Journal. It is a free electronic publication focused on what’s going on in the Southern Oregon business world.

The News Review described the timber impacts of the season’s wildfires.

A new payroll services company began business in Elkton.

Artbeats of Myrtle Creek launched a new subscription program to provide more affordable access to its stock media library. 

Roseburg resident is offering electric-assist bicycles for sale.


Douglas County in the News

A USDA study ranked Douglas County in the top 1% of counties in the nation–and tops for Oregon–in terms of natural amenities. 


 State Business News

Report from the State of Oregon documents renewed in-migration of retirees to the “timber belt.”

Oregon Business magazine now accepting applications for the annual 100 Best Companies to Work For competition.


 Upcoming Travel Industry Events

Oct. 4-5, 2015 ♦ Bend, Ore. 
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Convention 

Oct. 7-9, 2015 ♦ The Dalles, Ore. 
2015 Oregon Main Street Conference

Oct. 10-11, 2015 ♦ Portland, Ore. 
Here & There Travel Fest

Oct. 28-29, 2015 ♦ Bend, Ore
Tour Operators, Guides & Outfitters Training

Oct. 30, 2015 ♦ Bend, Ore
Oregon Bicycle Tourism Partnership Meeting


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