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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.

The Buck Stops in NE Oregon

Local entrepreneur brings Community Public Offering to Wallowa and La Grande

Oregon has a new law that allows regular folks to invest in Oregon businesses, and encourages Oregon’s entrepreneurs to raise capital from their neighbors. Join Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) staff as they describe the Community Public Offering (CPO) program and its history. Then, Joseph-based Judy Goodman, founder of BGood Bars, will present her actual CPO that is filed with the State of Oregon.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Dry Creek Design
110 E 1st St. in Wallowa

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo
2102 Adams Ave. in La Grande
 
These events are open to the public; no registration is required. Suggested donation to NEOEDD scaled $5 to $15; free for students.

BGood Bars are artisan energy bars that are hand-crafted with unprocessed and often organic ingredients. They are sweetened only with honey and/or the naturally occurring sugars in the fruit, and dipped in “fair trade” dark chocolate. Judy Goodman launched BGood Bars in 2014 and has seen growth ever since, expanding her reach throughout Oregon and Idaho. She recently made her minimum goal for her CPO, a major milestone in the program.

“I’m thrilled to have investors who care about the future of my business,” says Judy. “It’s like my own team of cheerleaders, plus they have the potential to gain from my financial success as well.”

If you are an Oregon resident, check out Judy’s and other Oregon CPOs at https://secure.hatchoregon.com/.

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 (http://neoedd.org/content/individual-development-accounts), or call the office at 541-426-3598. Applications may be requested from IDA Specialist Kristy Athens, kristyathens@neoedd.org.

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 www.neoedd.org.

“Hiring an Employee” Workshop Free to Public

In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and WorkSource Oregon offer a free workshop to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners understand the legal considerations of hiring employees—what’s required and recommended, and best practices. Register by Oct. 21 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the workshop is offered free of charge!

Workshop takes place:
• Enterprise:  Tuesday, Nov. 1; 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• La Grande: Wednesday, Nov. 2; 6 to 9 p.m. at the Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler Lane, Room 147.
• Baker City:  Thursday, Nov. 3; 6 to 9 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2950 Church St. #B

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Oct. 21 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org.

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