The Partnership – April 2014 Newsletter

State Economic Development DevelopmentsOregon Prospector, the State of Oregon’s industrial land database has been relaunched. In addition to an extensive industrial land and building inventory, the website provides access to GIS-based data on workforce, demographics, and business census information. 

WorkSource Oregon and the Oregon Employment Department are hosting a series of regional discussions to seek industry input on a possible system-wide redesign of the Oregon public workforce system. These sessions are dialogues on how the State can deliver high value services to customers and how to connect qualified workers to employers.  

April 14, Medford, 7:30-10:00 am / April 22, Eugene, 9:00-11:30 am

 

The State has just released their new ten-year employment projections for Oregon. Hints are emerging that the recent decline in labor force participation may be coming to an end.

 

Local Business News

RFP and other mills are employing a more technically sophisticated workforce… 

Reforestation underway on private lands burned by Douglas Complex

 

Local & Regional Events

Building a Successful Team, Presented by: Paul Spindel

April 17, 2014 / 7:30 am 12:00 pm    

UCC – Technical Center, Room 119 – UCC Campus

For Credit Card Registration call Gail Trimble at 541-672-2648 x22

 

Current Topics in Southern Oregon Wine Making Technical Symposium: 

“Secure & Amplify Fruit Aromatics in Wine” 

Southern Oregon Wine Institute
May 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
UCC Lang Center  

 

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6.  Details and agenda are available from the OEC

 

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference) will be May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay. 

 

Statewide Events 

Building Materials Laboratory – Open House 

OSU is introducing the Multi-Chamber Modular Environment Conditioning  (MCMEC) system for accelerated weathering and thermal testing of full-scale building materials. This unique equipment was funded by the Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon BEST, and OSU. On April 30, there will be an MCMEC demonstration, poster session, and laboratory tour.  

 
The Oregon Governor’s Tourism Conference will take place in Sunriver April 27 to 29. Registration is open through April 22.

 

Governor’s Marketplace

April 30, 2014 / 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Salem Convention Center
The 2014 Governor’s Marketplace Conference brings together State, Federal and regional government entities along with private sector firms and non-profit organizations, to help Oregon businesses achieve greater contracting success. The day’s events will feature industry focused training, an inspiring luncheon and a reverse vendor exhibitor fair.

The Partnership Newsletter – February 2014

Local Events & Trainings  

Leave Laws for Small Businesses

Presented by: Jeff Burgess, BOLI

March 13, 2014, 8AM to Noon, UCC

For Credit Card Registration call Gail Trimble at 541-672-2648 x22

 

Cover Oregon Benefits for Small Businesses

Taylor Brady, OMEN

March 14, 1PM to 2:30PM, Umpqua Business Center

For additonal details: taylor@omennetwork.org.

 

LeanLink Luncheon

Taking the Initial Steps…then Watch Out and Get out of the Way!  Hear about early stages of an effort to apply lean tools in an office environment by Douglas County Health & Social Services.

March 18, Noon to 1:30 PM, Brix

Register

 

 

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6. Presentations over the conference focus primarily on human resource management issues, but cover a range of topics of interest to business. Details and agenda are available from the OEC.

 

News

Feds announce funding for additional dredging; dollars will flow to several of the smaller southwest Oregon ports, including the Umpqua.

 

Douglas County Partners for Student Success and Umpqua Community College were recently awarded a grant to establish a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) hub. The effort will focus on engaging youth in these fields outside of traditional classrooms. Employers who are interested in supporting the effort and others involved will be having an initial launch meeting in the evening of March 17. The website for the effort   is http://www.dcpss.org/. If you are interested in learning more about STEAM efforts, contact The Partnership.

 

Energy Efficiency Resources 

If you are a Pacific Power customer, and you are considering new investments in energy efficiency, Partnership member RHT has resources that can help you evaluate your options and make sure you are taking advantage of any public dollars that can assist you.

For instance, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can help agricultural businesses finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Interested applicants should contact USDA Rural   Development now to determine the viability of completing an application by the 2014 deadline. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ORbcp_energy.html

 

Economic Development News

An interesting primer – filled with data – on trends in small business   financing: http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2014_Finance_FAQ.pdf .

 

Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan and Partnership Executive Director, Alex Campbell, appeared on Inside Douglas County this week. They spoke about the importance of emphasizing efforts to support existing businesses.

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released the “Planning Criteria” it intends to use developing new land management plans for Western Oregon’s O&C forests.  Barring a congressional solution for O&C timber lands, this process has a major impact on how these federal forests and its resources will be managed in the future. Healthy Forests Healthy Communities is encouraging individuals with an interest in seeing a greater focus on economic outcomes provide comments to the BLM.

http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/amscomments.php

 

Tourism Industry Resources

Travel Oregon Launches 7 Wonders of Oregon Marketing Campaign

The nearly $3 million program, which runs from March 2 through August 4, features seven iconic natural wonders of Oregon as the focus of destination travel: the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock. To support and take advantage of this program, consider:

 

Travel Oregon Opens 2014/2015 Matching Grants Program Application Process

This program makes awards to cities and non-profits for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local   communities throughout the state in support of Travel Oregon’s mission of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.” The 2014/2015 cycle has $120,000 available for grant awards. The funds will be available in amounts not less than $2,500 or more than $20,000.

 

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference)

Held each spring just prior to the summer visitor season, conference is a must for training front line visitor services staff whether you work at a visitor or welcome center, hotel front desk, concierge desk, bed and breakfast, state park, rest area or in any visitor information capacity.

May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay

 

Oregon Welcome Center Brochure Program 

Display your brochures or visitor guides at one or more of the nine Oregon Welcome Centers at high-traffic gateways to the state. In 2013, over 213,000 brochures were distributed through the PDX Welcome Center and over 112,000 visitors benefited from personalized travel planning assistance at the other eight Welcome Centers.

The 2014 program sales application process is open now and the last day to sign up to participate is April 30, 2014.

The Partnership’s February Newsletter

Local Events & Trainings 

“Making Culture Change a Tool, Not a Threat. Leave it at the Door, A New But Necessary Expectation.” 

Kellye Wise, VP of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Roseburg Forest Products.

A Lean Link lunch. 

Noon, February 18, 2014. Please register by February 14.

 

Leadership Presence: What It Is and How To Get It”

Colleen Kettenhofen is an international workplace employee management expert, award-winning speaker, and career turnaround specialist.

Sponsored by Oregon Employer Council Douglas County, Umpqua Community College and Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce. 

February 13, 8 AM to Noon. Registration required.

 

Farmer’s Market Vendor Workshops

NeighborWorks Umpqua, with support from USDA, is holding a series of trainings for individuals interested in selling products through local farmer’s markets.

Feb. 27 — Greenhouse Prep and Planting

March 13 — Poultry Processing Tour

March 27 — Meat to Market Tour

For complete class information and how to RSVP, visit www.marketsofumpqua.com.

 

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6. Presentations over the conference focus primarily on human resource management issues, but cover a range of topics of interest to business. Details and agenda are available from the OEC

 

News

Milt Herbert, founder of Herbert Lumber Co., will be honored as this year’s Legacy Award winner, selected by the Douglas County Museum’s foundation.

 

A new nonprofit agency has announced grants available to assist the development of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry in Oregon.

 

The Senate Natural Resources Committee held hearings on Senator Wyden’s O&C lands proposal. Coverage in The News Review, Oregonian, and on Jefferson Public Radio

 

A proposal in the Oregon legislature would provide state support for replanting private timber lands damaged by wildfires.

 

The State has cancelled dozens of timber sales in the Elliot State Forest to settle conservation lawsuit over marbled murrelet habitat. 

 

Small Family Business Succession and Planning Resources

The Austin Family Business Program has a wealth of resources on their website and offers programs around the state.

 

Angel Capital Available…

The Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network is seeking applicants for their Spring 2014 investment conference. Launch and growth stage businesses seeking funding can bring their innovations to a wider, national or international market are appropriate for this application. Entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital or existing proprietors raising expansion capital are encouraged to review the proposed term sheet offered by the investors. Each spring one company is selected through a contest-format to receive an investment that can range from $160,000 to $300,000.  Applications are being accepted now through February 28, 2014.

 

The Willamette Angel Conference is a similar program based in Eugene. Their deadline for applications is February 25.  

 

InUmpqua Directory Advertising Now Available

 Advertising sales for the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile and visitor magazine) must be reserved by February 14, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Gail Trimble at the Chamber.

 

More Tourism Industry Resources

Oregon Introduces a Statewide Bike Friendly Business Program

The Oregon Bike Friendly program is a recognition and training program designed to provide tips and tools for businesses to attract cyclists by offering amenities they seek. All businesses in Oregon are welcome to participate. Once officially recognized as Bike Friendly by Travel Oregon, tourism-related businesses will receive special recognition through Travel Oregon’s marketing channels, including Travel Oregon.com and RideOregonRide.com. Bicycle-related tourism contributes $400 million into Oregon’s economy annually, according to a 2012 study by Dean Runyan Associates. The Bike Friendly Business program is designed to help local businesses tap into this growing segment of the state’s economy by delivering a premier experience for people biking in Oregon. For details on the Bike Friendly Business Program, go to: Industry.TravelOregon.com/BFB

 

Oregon Wine Board’s Oregon Wine Symposium

The Northwest’s premier wine community trade show and educational event is composed of two days of focused viticulture, enology and business sessions presented by some of our industry’s leading experts. A second business track for winery executives and owners to address the deep details of winery operations has been added each day.

February 25 & 26, 2014

 

Travel Oregon 101 Webinar

March 13, 2014

An overview of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry, and is 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 to maximize your exposure to visitors.

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference) 

Held each spring just prior to the summer visitor season, conference is a must for training front line visitor services staff whether you work at a visitor or welcome center, hotel front desk, concierge desk, bed and breakfast, state park, rest area or in any visitor information capacity.

May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay

 

Oregon Welcome Center Brochure Program 

Display your brochures or visitor guides at one or more of the nine Oregon Welcome Centers at high-traffic gateways to the state. In 2013, over 213,000 brochures were distributed through the PDX Welcome Center and over 112,000 visitors benefited from personalized travel planning assistance at the other eight Welcome Centers.

The 2014 program sales application process is open now and the last day to sign up to participate is April 30, 2014.

LEAN LINK – Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

Lean Link is an informal, industry-led with the goal of helping businesses improve performance and profitability through the use of Lean and other continuous improvement techniques. Participating members include both some of leading manufacturers, such as Roseburg Forest Products and Orenco, but also a variety of other businesses who have applied some of these techniques in a variety of contexts, from Mercy Medical Center to Embertson CPA.

Lean Link hosts occasional trainings and many of our participants meet monthly for lunch. Each lunch meeting includes a program. Last fall, the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership provided an introduction to the use of Lean as a tool to improve energy efficiency. At another meeting, representatives of three local companies (Motel 6, Ingram Book Company, and Terrain Tamers) each shared some of the areas that they have found value by engaging employees in process improvement.

In January, we heard the second half of a two-part overview of the DMAIC project management tool, which divides process improvement projects into five distinct phases: define, measure, analyze, improve, and control. We learned how the National Park Service dramatically reduced the cost of cleaning and maintaining the exterior of the WashingtonMonument by slightly delaying when they turn on their evening floodlights. 

In February, Roseburg Forest Product’s VP of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Kellye Wise, will share his views on “Making Culture Change a Tool, Not a Threat.” Later this spring, the Douglas County Health Department will share some of the changes they are making to their office practices.

The participants in our discussions include both experienced practitioners, with extensive formal training, and companies that are just exploring the potential of adopting some of these approaches, and many in-between. The group meets monthly and is facilitated by The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County (www.uedpartnership.org/lean) .

The Partnership Newsletter – January 2014

The Partnership – January 2014 Newsletter

News

Umpqua Bank was named one of the Top 100 best companies to work for in the nation, by Fortune.

Lone Rock Logging was recently recognized by the Oregon Department of Forestry as the Southwest Operator of the Year for 2013. The award particularly recognized the company’s work on restoration of King Creek.

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad is seeking public support to consolidate its operations and expand its maintenance capabilities at the Winchester switch-yard.

InUmpqua Directory Advertising Now Available

Advertising sales for the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile and visitor magazine) must be reserved by February 14, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Gail Trimble.

2014 Employer & Career Expo has been scheduled for March 19, 2014

To register, please contact: Gail Trimble at Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce 541-672-2648 x22

 

Training Opportunities

Farmer’s Market Vendor Workshops

NeighborWorks Umpqua, with support from USDA, is holding a series of trainings for individuals interested in selling products through local farmer’s markets.

Jan. 23   —  Labeling and Marketing

Feb. 6   — Social Media 101

Feb. 27   — Greenhouse Prep and Planting

March   13 — Poultry Processing Tour

March   27 — Meat to Market Tour

For complete class information and how to RSVP, visit www.marketsofumpqua.com.

2014 FoodWorx: The Future of Food conference will be held in Portland February 4. FoodWorx is designed to   provoke thought and inspire ideas among everyone who loves, or is involved with, food and drink. What trends will shape the future of food and drink production, manufacturing, travel, distribution and consumption? FoodWorx is a one-day TED-style conference that was created to tackle hard food industry questions and present “food for thought” to everyone who loves food.

UCC’s schedule of classes for Winter 2014 is now available on-line.  Classes on starting your own business, business software, Quick Books, and business skills such as distribution and logistics management, conflict management, and negotiation tactics are all available.

Unemployment Insurance Forum hosted by the Oregon Employer Council Douglas County, Jan. 28 (8 – 10 a.m.) at the ESD.  Recent changes to the Unemployment Insurance laws and reporting requirements have raised concerns and caused confusion for Oregon employers.  This forum will explain the changes and why they were implemented, including the UI Integrity Law. Q&A session with David Gerstenfeld, the Assistant Director of the Unemployment Insurance Division   for the Oregon Employment Department. To register, please   contact: Gail Trimble at Roseburg Area Chamber of   Commerce 541-672-2648 x22.

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6. Presentations over the conference focus primarily on human resource management issues, but cover a range of topics of interest to business. Details and agenda are available from the OEC.

The Eugene Chamber hosts a monthly evening pub talk series, called “Smart Ups.” Each month focuses on a different topic. The January 30 event will feature: Doug Porter, President of designPORT, Inc. discussing potential exit strategies including licensing and contract manufacturing, how angels and VC’s value an opportunity, and the importance of IP and how it   affects timing and execution. David Schroeder from RelianceCM discusses the in’s and out’s of designing and testing a new product, eliminating risks your customer fears like cost and performance, and how risk versus reward   affects financing development. Registration information.

Lessons for Dealing with ’Founder’s Dilemmas’ 
Interested in launching a startup but afraid you will make critical errors at the outset that will torpedo your efforts? The Kauffman Founders School has introduced a new education series featuring insights from Noam Wasserman, who teaches an award-winning course on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.

The Partnership December Newsletter

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Funding Available to Support New Employee Training

Umpqua Training and Employment currently has funds to assist with On the Job Training (OJT). The program can partially reimburse employers for wages paid during the training period, up to 12 weeks. Employers must be able to document the skill gap that the training will overcome. Contact Susie Marical at UT&E employer services.

 

LeanLink Lunch — Learning from Local Models

Local companies Motel 6, Terrain Tamers, and Ingram Books will share their company process improvement approaches. Noon, Tuesday, December 17. RSVP to The Partnership. LeanLink is an   industry-led consortium dedicated to education and training around continuous process improvement.

Recent News

Senator Wyden recently held a town hall meeting in Coos Bay and made several positive statements regarding the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector project.

Gardiner Sanitary District is planning to take steps to improve and up-grade sanitary sewer connections with Reedsport.

BLM   announced plans to move forward with land closure near Myrtle Creek to allow White Castle timber sale to move forward.

Progress continues on rail tunnel project to improve access for southern Oregon lumber producers.

 

RAIN Conference Update

The first Roseburg Area Angel Investor Network conference took place on November 13, 2013 at the Danny Lang Event Center at UCC. Homeschool Technical Apparel was the launch stage winner and Caregiver Cards won the concept stage.  Congratulations!  We would like to thank all the companies that competed, and the investors. Preparations for next year’s event are underway.

A similar effort based in Medford will take place in the spring: Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network seeks new round of businesses for possible investment of $200,000.

 

Training Opportunities

The Oregon Wood Innovation Center at OSU will be offering their third annual Workshop on Quality Control in Wood Products Manufacturing December 16-17 at OSU in Corvallis. Additional information.

 

UCC’s schedule of classes for Winter 2014 is now available on-line.  Classes on starting your own business, business software, Quick Books, and business skills such as distribution and logistics management, conflict management, and negotiation tactics are all available.

 

Small Business Hint of the Month

Three clues to help determine when is Social Media Marketing not the right step for your small business.

  

The Partnership for Economic Development is a collaborative organization focused on retention, expansion and recruitment of primary industry or “traded sector” businesses that provide family-wage jobs. Our activities are supported by our members. Thank you! 

The Partnership November 2013 Newsletter

Seats are still available for the November 13 Roseburg area Angel Investor Network (RAIN) Conference.

 

The half-day event  (8 AM to 2 PM) will feature:

  • First-rate pitches by Oregon and local entrepreneurs
  • Feedback from experienced angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Lessons learned from a successful “kickstarter” campaign.

If you want to gain insights that will be valuable for your own investment strategies or have ever thought about raising money for your own business venture, this event will give you a tremendous amount of insight and perspective. Danny Lang Center at UCC.

To register: www.rainangel.org

Deadline Today! Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecast 2014

  • November 7, 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds
    • Umpqua Bank president/CEO Ray Davis; economist Fred  Dickson, Senior VP with D.A. Davidson & Co.; Paul Barnum, executive director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute;  Larry Pederson, business development manager for Oregon  Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Graham Slater, administrator of workforce and economic research for the Oregon Employment Department.       
    • Register online

 

Trainings/Seminars

Third Annual Biochar Expo

  • 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Discovery near River Forks Park.
  • 1) Home-scale techniques to make biochar as an amendment to garden and farm soils; 2) Relationships among soil, plant, and human health; and 3) Emerging job prospects in the Pacific Northwest network of biochar enterprises.
  • For more information and to pre-register contact Gani Ruthellen, 541.643.8174; gani.et.se@gmail.com

 

Douglas County Safety Association-Brown Bag Lunches

  • A new local group of Safety Associates who gather monthly to share ideas, and benefit from networking opportunities and localized training. The purpose of the organization will be to provide opportunities to promote and improve safety understanding for employers, employees, and the general public in the geographical area surrounding Douglas County, Oregon.
  • Meetings are noon, 2nd Wednesday of each month, DC Courthouse Rm 310-31. The next meeting is Wednesday, November 13.
  • For more information, contact Lori Bullock.

 

Lean Link- DMAIC

  • Introduction to DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control). DMAIC is a data-driven improvement cycle used for improving, optimizing and stabilizing business processes and designs. The DMAIC improvement cycle is the core tool used to drive Six Sigma projects. However, DMAIC is not exclusive to Six Sigma and can be used as the framework for other improvement applications.
  • Brix at noon on November 19. RSVP & more information.
  • Lean Link is an industry-led group focused on improving business performance in Douglas County, dedicated to helping businesses improve performance and profitability through Lean/continuous improvement techniques.

 

OECDC November training

Understanding Oregon Unemployment (UI) Insurance Program

  • November 20, 8 AM to Noon.
  • To register, contact Gail at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 541-672-2648, ext. 22.

 

The Oregon Wood Innovation Center at OSU

Third annual Workshop on Quality Control in Wood Products Manufacturing

  • December 16-17 at OSU in Corvallis.
  • More information

 

News Briefs

The News Review provided an in-depth look at Roseburg’s expanding call center businesses, First Call Resolution and TMS Call Center.

RFP has announced that they are planning the development of a new project to recover more material from “whips and tops” to go into panel manufacturing:

 

Your Input on Workforce Priorities Requested

The Oregon Employment Department is updating its model to help prioritize occupational training needs in Oregon. One factor in this model is the degree to which businesses affirm the workforce demand for different occupations. Examples of business affirmation might include: targeted effort or investment to recruit or train workers in particular high-demand occupations; active involvement in the development of targeted community college training programs; or efforts by business to form consortia to train workers in high-demand occupations.

The Department needs information on especially strong efforts that affirm the need for workers in high-demand occupations. Please provide responses by Friday, November 15.

 

The Partnership for Economic Development is a collaborative organization focused on retention, expansion and recruitment of primary industry or “traded sector” businesses that provide family-wage jobs. Our activities are supported by our members. Thank you! 

PRESS RELEASE – RAIN Angel Investment Conference Finalists Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

FINALIST ANNOUNCED!

RAIN Angel Investment Conference, November 13, Tickets Available

Roseburg, Oregon       November 4, 2013

OVERVIEW

RAIN (Roseburg area Angel Investment Network) is an effort to foster a better environment for entrepreneurship in Douglas County. The primary vehicle is a private company (an LLC), through which local investors are coming together to invest in one early stage company. (See: http://www.rainangel.org/.)

The larger effort, being organized by The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County and the Umpqua Business Center, includes a business plan competition, a series of training events, and a conference in November (November 13 at the Danny Lang Center at Umpqua Community College).

 

LAUNCH STAGE FINALISTS

Five companies will pitch for an equity investment of at least $125,000. The final group includes Nouvala, which recently won the Bend Venture Conference, and Bravado Outdoor Products, a Roseburg-based manufacturer of concrete table tennis tables.

 

Bravado Outdoor Products LLC

Lem James; lem@concretetabletennis.com; 541.817.6815

Bravado Outdoor Products LLC is a dynamic, growth-oriented small business in the late start up phase. Current customers range from homeowners to parks and recreation departments across America and Canada with occasional sales to countries further abroad, including Seattle Parks and Recreation, United States Air Force, large and small businesses, resorts and a foreign Olympic commission. Over 80% of Bravado Outdoor Products sales come from outside Oregon.

Current products include concrete table tennis tables, concrete chess tables, concrete cornhole (bean bag toss) and several products in development. Concrete products allow traditionally indoor games to be played outdoors in public high use areas.

 

DesignMedix

Lynnor B Stevenson, Ph.D.; Stevenson@designmedix.com; 503.688.1941

DesignMedix, Inc. develops drugs to address the large medical need caused by the rapid rise in drug resistance in multiple diseases. Diseases like malaria and diarrhea kill millions of people each year and cause untold suffering. The World Health Organization considers drug-resistance to be one of the top three threats to human health today. From the miracle drugs of almost 100 years ago, we are now facing super bugs that can withstand many of the antibiotics that we have available. Because the regular drugs no longer work, costs are rising with the use of stronger drugs and more people are dying when even the strongest therapies do not kill the resistant pathogens. Using proprietary technology originally developed at Portland State University and exclusively licensed to DesignMedix, the company is developing novel drugs to help efforts to alleviate and eliminate these infections.

 

Earthfort

D. Scott Smith, CEO; scott.smith@earthfort.com; 541.257.2612

Earth Fortification Supplies Company (nicknamed “Earthfort”) is an agricultural business with expertise in the management of soil biology for agriculture. Earthfort labs and offices are located in Corvallis, Oregon, and has been working with farmers from around the world since 2005. In managed systems, such as agricultural systems, landscapes, and horticultural systems, the products and practices used to manage crops can damage the biology of the soil, limiting their ability to cycle nutrients. Earthfort offers a three-step process:

  • Educate – Earthfort provides training and workshops about the role soil microbiology in plant health. The workshops are offered both in-person and through the web.
  • Evaluate - The Earthfort lab processes soil samples from around the world. If you can measure it, you can manage it. The results of the soil evaluation will help determine how to manage the soil microbes to meet the needs of the target crop.
  • Remediate – Earthfort technology provides the tools to manage soil health. Soil ProVide returns beneficial microbes to the soil. Soil ReVive encourages beneficial microbial growth.

 

Homeschool Technical Apparel

Daniel Clancey, Founder & CEO; danny@homeschoolsnowboarding.com; 503.953.2032

Homeschool designs and manufactures high quality, hyper-breathable snowboard outerwear, mid layer, base layer and accessories for the core specialty snowboard market. The product incorporates a branded, breathable technology called Cocona. Homeschool is the first company to use Cocona in outerwear, mid layer and base layer in the snowboard space, creating a “trifecta” of super breathability. The company was founded with one goal in mind, making the best technical snowboard apparel out there. Breathability, Durability, and Timeless Design are the cornerstones of the brand. It has to work here in the great Northwest under some of the gnarliest conditions imaginable.

 

Nouvola

Paola Moretto; paola.moretto@nouvola.com; 503.473.5858

Nouvola offers a disruptive, scalable performance testing suite to help companies deploying their applications to the cloud scale successfully. Performance, scale and availability are hard problems affecting web companies today. Nouvola’s solution includes stress testing, performance analytics, remediation and benchmarking. Customers are small /medium companies who want to deliver a great user experience, protect their brand and optimize their investment.

 

CONCEPT STAGE FINALISTS

Four local entrepreneurs will compete for a prize package worth $5,000, including $2,000 in cash and 6 months rent-free tenancy at the Umpqua Business Center.

Competitors include:

 

Caregiver Cards

Barbara Worthington; caregivercards@gmail.com; 541.670.6347

Caregiver Cards is an exciting and new innovation founded in 2012. Caregiver Cards aspires to help overcome communication barriers to patients and caregivers living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders further offering the highest quality of life possible through the provision of visual communication tools.

 

Elk Island Resort and Retreat

Bernard Woodard; Info@ElkIslandResort.com; 541.232.1708

The Elk Island Eco Resort and Campground of Roseburg Oregon will offer visitors their choice of a comfortable, enjoyable, and restful stay or a wilderness rough and tough on-the-river activity. Beautifully designed yurts and campsites and countless local amenities will make the Elk Island Eco Resort and Campground of Roseburg one of Oregon’s most desired travel destinations.

 

OurTownSocial.com

Tim Allen; tim@timallenequipment.com; 541.672.3409

The link to community level social content for large scale business. Big business isn’t able to handle the volume of research and data entry required to make a sufficient local social media presence, nor should they try. OurTownSocial.com provides a call center approach to provide basic hyperlocal social media to large businesses.

 

Personal Pantry-WFD

Deleta Dickson; deletadickson@yahoo.com; 541-671-0578

Personal Pantry-WFD is a mobile app that automatically tracks the contents of your pantry, generates shopping lists, and answers the perennial question of “What’s For Dinner?”

 

OTHER CONFERENCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

OPENING SPEAKER

Zeke Kamm, Owner and CEO of Nice Industries

“BLOOD, SWEAT AND MARKETING: The Secret to a Successful Kickstarter Campaign”

 

INVESTOR RESPONSES

A panel of highly-experienced venture and angel investors will provide insight into their investing philosophy and approach. These investors will also share their responses to the finalist pitches.

The panel will include:

Mike Coughlin, CEO of Burley Design

Rick Miller and Tom Sperry, Co-Founder Rogue Venture Partners

Scott Sandler, Fund Manager of Oregon Angel Fund

 

THE CONFERENCE BASICS

When:               November 13, 8 AM TO 2 PM

Where:             Danny Lang Teaching, Learning and EventCenter (UmpquaCommunity College)

Cost:               $25 – includes breakfast and lunch

Tickets:           http://rainangel.org/conference/

 

Sponsors:       Oregon Entrepreneur Network, Business Oregon, Umpqua Business Center, Umpqua Bank, Palo Alto Software

 

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County is providing administrative support for the effort.

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, formerly known as the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership, was established in 2001 to be the lead collaborative economic development organization in the region. The Founding Partners were: the City of Roseburg, Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Industrial Development Board, and CCD Business Development Corporation. www.uedpartnership.org

 

The Umpqua Business Center (UBC) is an integral part of a comprehensive economic development plan for Douglas County, accelerating the development of start-up businesses in a business incubation setting. Developing local, homegrown businesses complements regional efforts to encourage expansion, retention and attraction of companies. The long-range goal is to create new, stable and successful businesses that contribute to the general economic health of the area, increase employment opportunities and add to the variety of products and services available to its citizens. umpquabusiness.com

 

For additional information:

Alex Campbell,Executive Director

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County

alexc@uedpartnership.org

(541) 492-2820 ; (541) 974-8066 (cell)

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PRESS RELEASE – RAIN Angel Investment Conference, November 13, 2013 Tickets Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

RAIN Angel Investment Conference, November 13, Tickets are now Available

High-Quality Program for Both Investors and Entrepreneurs in Roseburg

Roseburg, Oregon       October 28, 2013

 

OVERVIEW

RAIN (Roseburg area Angel Investment Network) is an effort to foster a better environment for entrepreneurship in Douglas County. The primary vehicle is a private company (an LLC), through which local investors are coming together to invest in one early stage company. (The conference model for angel investment has been tested and used repeatedly by regional angel investment groups in Oregon. See: http://www.rainangel.org/.)

 

The larger effort, being organized by The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County and the Umpqua Business Center, includes a business plan competition, a series of training events, and a conference in November (November 13 at the Danny Lang Center at Umpqua Community College).

 

RAIN is a community effort of investors and local resources.  Entrepreneurs will receive hands-on experience in developing a business plan, pitching an equity investor, and understanding deal structure.  Our local investor community will be trained on how to evaluate potential direct equity investments and how to structure such investments.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

OPENING SPEAKER

Zeke Kamm, Owner and CEO of Nice Industries

“BLOOD, SWEAT AND MARKETING: The Secret to a Successful Kickstarter Campaign”

 

Zeke Kamm raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in just one month with his recent Kickstarter campaign. Now he’s going to share his insights on the process and reveal the secrets everyone needs to know before launching their own crowd funded project.

 

Nice Industries is a US based company dedicated to developing innovative tools that enhance filmmakers creative freedom. With 20 years experience creating Television and Films for nearly every major studio in Hollywood, Zeke Kamm’s passion for filmmaking has expanded into a passion for enabling others to tell their stories. From his best selling educational books to his rapidly expanding line of filmmaking accessories, Zeke is deeply dedicated to providing filmmakers, both pros and enthusiasts, with the information and tools they need to more effectively and creatively share their vision.

 

PITCHES FROM FINALISTS

Finalists for the launch equity investment will give their final pitches.

 

The finalists will likely include:

The recent winner of the 2013 Bend Venture Conference, Nouvola (www.nouvola.com).

Home School Technical Apparel (http://www.homeschoolsnowboarding.com/) a former Portland Seed Fund recipient.

Designmedix (www.designmedix.com).

 

INVESTOR RESPONSES

A panel of highly-experienced venture and angel investors will provide insight into their investing philosophy and approach. These investors will also share their responses to the finalist pitches.

 

The panel will include:

Mike Coughlin, CEO of Burley Design

Mike has run, founded, purchased and/or turned-around numerous ventures over his career, including Burley Design, Kerr Concentrates, Tactics Boardshop, and Percon Incorporated. He has a background in mergers and acquisitions and financial consulting.

 

Rick Miller, Co-Founder Rogue Venture Partners

Rick Miller is a sixth generation Oregonian who enjoys starting and growing businesses and helping other entrepreneurs do the same.  In 2010 Miller co-founded the private equity firm, Rogue Venture Partners, to invest in Oregon based entrepreneurs and early stage businesses with funding and mentorship. Miller was the founder and is the current Chairman of Avamere Group, one of the Northwest’s largest senior care and housing providers, employing more than 6,500 people, serving 12,000 customers daily in ten states. Miller was named Portland State Business Schools Distinguished Graduate Alumni of the Year in 2012.

 

Scott Sandler, Fund Manager of Oregon Angel Fund

Scott manages the day-to-day activities of the Oregon Angel Fund including generating deal flow, evaluating business plans and due diligence management. His business management background includes managing Novas Software to a successful exit. He has been an active investor with Oregon Angel Fund since 2010. He has a technical background as an engineer with Intel and several other high tech ventures.

 

THE CONFERENCE BASICS

When:              November 13, 8 AM TO 2 PM

Where:            Danny Lang Teaching, Learning and Event Center (Umpqua Community College)

Cost:               $25 – includes breakfast and lunch

Tickets:           http://rainangel.org/conference/

Sponsors:  Oregon Entrepreneur Network, Business Oregon, Umpqua Business Center,Umpqua Bank, Palo Alto Software

 

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County is providing administrative support for the effort.

 

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, formerly known as the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership, was established in 2001 to be the lead collaborative economic development organization in the region. The Founding Partners were: the City of Roseburg, Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Industrial Development Board, and CCD Business Development Corporation. www.uedpartnership.org

 

The Umpqua Business Center (UBC) is an integral part of a comprehensive economic development plan for Douglas County, accelerating the development of start-up businesses in a business incubation setting. Developing local, homegrown businesses complements regional efforts to encourage expansion, retention and attraction of companies. The long-range goal is to create new, stable and successful businesses that contribute to the general economic health of the area, increase employment opportunities and add to the variety of products and services available to its citizens. umpquabusiness.com

 

For additional information:

Alex Campbell

Executive Director

The Partnership for Economic Development in DouglasCounty

alexc@uedpartnership.org

(541) 492-2820; (541) 974-8066 (cell)

 

 

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The Partnership – October 2013 Newsletter

Entrepreneurship  & Small Business Resources

RAIN (Roseburg Area Angel Investor Network)

  • Applications for “launch stage” equity  investment are closed
  • Still accepting applications–from Douglas County businesses only–for the “concept stage” business plan competition. Apply here.
  • Finalists for both competitions will be invited to pitch at a conference on November 13. The conference will be held at the Danny Lang Center at UCC and will feature a keynote by Zeke Kamm, who has built a business through a series of successful “kickstarter” campaigns.
  • Tickets for the November 13 event are now available.

 

Pitch Training

John Lee of Folium Partners will give a half-day “The Perfect Pitch” training at the Umpqua Business Center, on Saturday, October 26. Details. No cost, RSVP to The Partnership.

 

Secrets to  Selling Your Business” 

John Anderson will introduce his team of fellow consultants and provide an introduction to key topics, such as: business value optimization, staff succession and ownership/leadership transfer. Practical organizational issues as well as tax and legal questions will be addressed. For more details, see the event flyer .

Umpqua Bank, Roseburg, October  3 and 24, 8 to 9 a.m.

 

Manufacturing

Fall 2013  Industry Tour: October 8, 8 AM to 3 PM.

  • Tour Nordic Veneer, Roseburg Forest Product’s Engineered Wood Products plant, and VT Industries. Each of these companies is an industry leader and the tour will focus on their continuous process improvement efforts.
  • Register here.
  • Industry Tour-Presented by Umpqua Community College SBDC and The Partnership

 

October 4 is National Manufacturing Day.

 

NW Supply Chain Opportunities Conference

October 8, 2013, 7:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Portland, OR  / Register

Learn Supply Chain Best Practices * Meet Northwest Primes and Tier 1 Suppliers

Panel presentations conducted by purchasing representatives from Blount, Daimler Trucks North America, and Vigor Industrial and Marine.

  • How to pursue opportunities with primes and tier one suppliers
  • Increase local sourcing and develop strategic partnerships
  • Discover resources from Innovations in Advanced Materials and Metals (IAM2)

 

Food Processing: Go to Market Training

Held at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University, this full day of sessions begins with an academic presentation on how to prepare for a buyer meeting and will be followed by presentations from industry peers on how to sell to distributors, specialty food stores, supermarkets and food-service.

Food Innovation Center / Oregon State University / Portland, OR

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Advocate for a Healthy Local Economy

The Oregonian recently editorialized that  a solution to the O&C lands issue is critical to rural Oregon’s future. Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a non-profit organization supporting Congressional action on a comprehensive and permanent solution to restore the health of our rural counties and federal forest lands. They are working to build a contact list of folks for this grassroots effort.  For more information, visit the website: www.healthyforests.org .

 

Check out the Facebook page “No Medford Casino“ for information about the proposed casino in Jackson County.

 

Local Businesses in the News

Umpqua Bank and First Call Resolution both made The Oregonian’s new list of top large employers. Umpqua Bank also recently announced its largest acquisition yet: Sterling Bank.

 

Umpqua Dairy wins yet  another prize: this time for their cottage cheese at the World Dairy Expo.

 

E Business/Rogue Nexus 

Celebrating eBusiness in Southern Oregon. Trade show featuring Rogue Valley E-Businesses. E-Xpo provides a great opportunity for the world to see what the E-People  in Jackson & Josephine Counties  are up to. Keynotes by Skip Newbury, Tech Association of Oregon and Emily Harris, Partner Marketing Manager, Google. October 25, Medford.