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NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Northeast Oregon.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a public organization established in 1985. Baker, Union and Wallowa counties formed the District by Intergovernmental Agreement as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region.

Our staff members are dedicated to the communities they serve in northeast Oregon and have strong business networking, facilitation, financial, organizational and project development skills.

If you are starting or growing a business, ask us about our business finance and business training programs.

If you are working on a public infrastructure or a community project ask us about services for local governments and community groups.

If you are part of a non-profit organization ask how we can help your board and workers strategize, fund and operate in ways that best meet your mission.

NEOEDD Participates in IDA Auto Savings Program

Applications accepted July 20 – Sept. 20, 2016

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is offering limited participation in a pilot that extends its Individual Development Account (IDA) program reach to include vehicle purchases. Applications will be accepted from Jul. 20 to Sept. 20; between one and three IDA savers will accepted into the program. Once accepted, program participants receive free money-management and car-maintenance instruction, helping them build fiscal responsibility and saving habits that can last a lifetime.

People with low-to-moderate income who seek funds for a vehicle purchase needed for their employment are encouraged to consider the IDA, which provides a 3-to-1 savings match. Someone who completes the pilot program may save up to $2,000, with a match of up to $6,000. Up to $8,000 total!

“The IDA program is not a grant, it’s an earned incentive coupled with goal-setting, education and practical experience saving over a period of 6 to 36 months,” says NEOEDD’s executive director, Lisa Dawson. “It’s essentially a financial-responsibility program, and it provides an excellent source of funds for someone who needs to buy a vehicle.”

The 2016 household income limits for eligibility are on the IDA page (scroll down); people must be under the limit listed to qualify. There are also limits to overall net worth.

NEOEDD is also open to application for our traditional IDA asset classes, small business or continuing education! Anyone who is interested in learning more about this program can visit NEOEDD’s website (, or call the office at 541-426-3598. Applications may be requested from IDA Specialist Kristy Athens,

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at

Looking to Increase Your Retail Sales?

NEOEDD is planning to bring small-business consultant Bruce Baker to NE Oregon! Bruce specializes in merchandizing and salesmanship in retail spaces such as shops and restaurants. He will offer two workshops as well as one-on-one store reviews. And, because NEOEDD receives a community block grant (CDBG), the workshops will be free of charge!

Visual Merchandizing
Bruce has helped many storeowners create exciting window displays that have “gravity” and get noticed. The key is pulling the customers off the street—once inside your shop, the merchandising and atmosphere must make them want to buy your products or services. Create visual magic without an art degree and on a shoestring budget.

Customer Service Techniques
This lively and entertaining workshop will help you to greet your customers and close more sales. Learn how customers in the current economy like to be treated to become repeat and loyal buyers. Discover how using the senses and body language will make your cash register ring!  Learn why it is important to never say “thank you” to your customers until a sale is transacted, and how to avoid other customer “turnoffs.” 

In-Store Assessments
Get an opinion from someone who has been in the business for three decades about your store layout and displays. Are you making the most of your business assets? Bruce promises to be honest but not brutal—constructive criticism only! The in-store assessment is not free of charge—the fee for this one-on-one conversation is $50.

Because the expense of offering these workshops is subsidized by the CDBG program, participants are required to provide income verification and other demographic information. All participants will be required to disclose their annual household incomes to NEOEDD. This information will be used expressly for CDBG records. CDBG requires that more than 50% of workshop participants have low or moderate incomes. NEOEDD wants to help you achieve your dream of business ownership, and encourages you to participate.
We plan to schedule dates for these workshops to occur after Labor Day.
Please pre-register with NEOEDD by July 29
at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email

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