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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 Offers Attorney Workshop for Small Business Owners

Are you a small-business owner who seeks basic legal information? Learn about the factors that you should be taking into account as you make decisions, including how to hire a professional service provider.

The workshops will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
• May 22: Cook Memorial Library Meeting Room, 2006 4th St. in La Grande
• May 23: HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St. in Baker City
• May 31: Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St. in Enterprise
Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, these workshops are offered free of charge!

This workshop will include the following topics:
• Benefits and downsides of various legal structures: Sole Proprietorship, LLCs, S-Corporations, B-Corporations, Partnerships
• Liability and how legal structures may reduce risks, the relationship between legal structures and raising money through an equity offering, common mistakes new businesses make regarding structure choices
• Rules of thumb for businesses in different industries
• Trademarks and patents: what does a business need to know, when should they seek help?
• Employment law: wage and hour requirements and workplace protections
• Bylaws and operating agreements
• How to hire an attorney
Presenters are Wyatt S. Baum (La Grande and Baker City) and Sadie Kennedy (Enterprise). To register, call Kristy at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email at kristyathens@neoedd.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

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