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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.

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Workshops Cover New Oregon Investment Law

More people are becoming interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities. This change is being driven in part by an increased awareness of the significant impact that residents can make, re-directing even a small portion of their investments and savings from Wall Street to locally owned businesses. The Community Capital Initiative is not focused on accredited investors but on non-wealthy individuals who have some investment money and care about the region in which they live.

The NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative and its Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network (LIION) affiliate are offering a series of workshops for people who want to learn more about local investing—as an investor, business owner, or both!

The workshop series takes place November 11, 12 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St., in Enterprise. Registration is $25 per workshop, or $60 for all three, and is available online at or you may come to the NEOEDD office (101 NE First St., Suite 100, in Enterprise). Registration deadline: November 7.

The public is welcome to attend one, two, or all three workshops:
• Workshop 1 (Nov. 11) - Introduction to Local Investing: Describes local investing and its benefits, and new Oregon investing rules that will make it possible for non-wealthy people to invest in their neighbors and their community
• Workshop 2 (Nov. 12) - How to be a Smart Local Investor: Helps investors form a personal framework for local investing, and decide where local investment fits into their portfolio, what types of due diligence they may want to conduct, and what questions need to be answered before making an investment
• Workshop 3 (Nov. 13) - What Local Investors Want: Helps business owners understand their options, what they need to know to stay compliant with securities law, motivations investors may have for investing locally, and implications of accepting a local investment

The Miller Charitable Fund and the Ward Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have contributed to NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.

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. In 2013, NEOEDD formed a regional collaborative—the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC³)—that holds educational events, organized networking groups, and developed educational workshops. Learn more about our programs and business support at or 541-426-3598.