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"IGNITE" Ribbon-Cutting Oct. 9

Join NEOEDD and the City of La Grande Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. (previously Sept. 20) for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the launch of the "IGNITE" E-Center, 104 Depot St. An open house will follow until 1 p.m. "IGNITE" provides working space and a resource center for small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

“'IGNITE' is a place where people can come and get the information or referrals they need, and have a place to hang out and share ideas,” says Christine Jarski, economic development director for the City of La Grande.

"IGNITE" has two primary components. The first is a combination of non-fee and fee services. Free services include referrals for business plans; advice regarding access to capital; information about laws, regulations, licensing and permits; and workforce hiring information. Fee-based services include business-planning and other classes, and Community Public Offering (CPO) assistance. 

The second component is membership-based working space. For a monthly fee of $50, or a $10/day pass, entrepreneurs can access a computer, printer/scanner, and wireless internet. There are two dedicated desk spaces for long-term commitments. Through a partnership with La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD), there is also a conference space available. "IGNITE" is partnering with other e-centers and co-working spaces across Oregon to create a network of resources.

NEOEDD has helped to get "IGNITE" up and running because it’s a need in the community. Executive Director Lisa Dawson says, “We know that there are people out there who already have small businesses or have an idea that needs to be developed. "IGNITE" will help us better serve the talented entrepreneurs in our region.” 

"IGNITE" is possible through grants from Business Oregon and Wildhorse Foundation, donated equipment from Avista, and donated internet service from EONI. For more information about "IGNITE," contact Christine Jarski at 541-962-1307 or Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598.