December Newsletter





​Tools for Conscious Leadership


Small Business Training & Workshops




Douglas County Companies in the News

  • Local winemakers bringing home major awards
  • RFP announces leadership transition
  • New CLT project announced in Portland
  • Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit


Alternative Financing Options

  • DreamSavers matched savings program
  • Hatch Oregon
  • Feds roll-out crowdsourcing

Royalty financing from Business Oregon     

RAIN 2015 Conference – 2015 

The third annual Roseburg area Angel Investor Network (RAIN) conference will be December 9. Join us to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and amazing startups from around that state.

Keynote speakers:

John Stadter, CEO & Founder, First Call Resolution

Michael Coughlin, CEO, BURLEY

December 9, 2015 – Umpqua Community College  – Danny Lang Event Center

8 AM- 3PM (Reception immediately to follow)

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Hatch Oregon Release Party 

Are you a local entrepreneur or business owner?  Would an infusion of cash help your business start-up or expansion?   If so, come learn about a new Oregon based resource which can provide your business up to $250,000 per year.
Hatch Oregon is hosting “Release Parties” to showcase Oregon’s newest “Rockstar Entrepreneurs” to debut the new community public offering (CPO) that was just passed into Oregon law earlier this year. Some of the Oregon entrepreneurs using community public offerings will be on-site so you can learn first hand more about harnessing the power of local investment. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 6:00-8:30pm
Splitz Bar & Grill at Ten Down Bowling

2400 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg
Reserve your seat now-> 


Coos Bay

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

SWOCC, Hales Center, Room Lakeview E

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

To register-> 



Do you want to build a successful continuous improvement culture at your manufacturing company? In OMEP’s Tools for Conscious Leadership series Manufacturing Consultant John Hunt will equip your leaders with tools to build effective relationships within a consistent, predictable daily management system that drives and sustains performance improvement.

Session 1 (January) : The importance of setting clear, measurable and observable expectations. The basics of creating a functioning layered leadership system.

Session 2 (February): Measure performance against expectations and provide feedback when expectations and behaviors are not aligned. Toyota Kata method.  

Session 3 (March):  How people and groups interact.

Session 4 (April):  Tools and techniques that improve interpersonal interactions

On-Site Company Check-Ins: Companies registering 3 or more employees will receive an on-site visit from an OMEP consultant for advice and guidance on implementing our daily management system.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?This program is designed for companies that have embarked on a continuous improvement journey and desire to develop standard leadership behaviors to sustain their gain.

John Hunt has 10 years of manufacturing experience in a wide range of roles including process engineering, quality engineering, continuous improvement and manufacturing management.

Email for registration form.

COST: $1,495 per company, $500 scholarship available to qualified registrants 

Small Business Trainings on Benefit Rules 

Dec. 8 – Sick Leave & Other HR Changes

9-10:30 AM
Umpqua Business Center
522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg, OR

No charge. Provided by BBSI



Dec. 16 – What Small Business Owners Should Know About the Affordable Care Act – Michael Morter, Small Business Liason, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

Noon-1:00 PM (Brown bag lunch)

Umpqua Business Center

522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg, OR

No charge. Hosted by UCC SBDC.


 City of Roseburg Tourism Grants – Accepting Applications

Through December 11, 2015, the City of Roseburg Economic Development Commission is accepting applications for the funding of tourism related projects within the Roseburg area.  All applications submitted must fulfill the objective to attract visitors to Roseburg.

Preference will be given to grant applications seeking assistance with out-of-area marketing; financing capital projects related to tourism; and projects that promote tourism from October to May.

For more information.


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

 Alternative Business Financing Tools

DreamSavers is now accepting applications for their matched savings program. If you have income below the maximum (e.g. $50K for a family of 4 or $35K for a single person household), you can qualify for matching dollars. If you can save $3,000, you can earn $9,000 for business start-up or expansion. Details at .

Hatch Oregon is a new crowd funding mechanism that allows the sale of equity to Oregon residents (including non-accredited investors). Red Wagon Creamery in Eugene recently raised $120,000 using the Hatch model. Umpqua Basin Economic Alliance will be hosting an informational event on December 15, see above.

New Federal Rules: The SEC released long-awaited new rules on equity crowd-funding. These new rules appear likely to create a new generation of crowd-funding platforms.

Business Oregon has recently announced a new financing mechanism, a royalty-based form of finance. You can think of it as very expensive debt–or very inexpensive equity, but it can fill the gap in between those two categories.

 Douglas County Business News

An impressive trifecta for local wineries in 2015. Earlier this year, Brandborg was named Oregon Winery of the Year. This fall, two other Umpqua Valley former winners of that award added some even more impressive accolades. Abacela was named one of five finalists for Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year. Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards took home the award for best new world syrah at the prestigious 6 Nations Challenge competition in Australia.


Roseburg Forest Products announced Grady Mullberry will succeed Allyn Ford as President in 2016 and as CEO in 2017.


A Portland developer announced plans to build 12 story building from cross-laminated timber (CLT). DR Johnson is the only domestic manufacturer currently certified to provide the necessary CLT panels.


Fred Wahl Marine’s new project in Reedsport could add 50 jobs.


Highlights from the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic summit:

  • Timber industry projects flat to slow growth for 2016.
  • Tourism is a likely growth area.

Proposed minimum wage hike could cause trouble.


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