SBDC to offer social media marketing seminars at BMCC Baker County Center

PENDLETON, Ore. – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Blue Mountain Community College has teamed up with Constant Contact to provide a series of marketing workshops for business owners and non-profit organizations starting Aug. 3 and 4 at BMCC’s Baker County Center, 3275 Baker Street, Baker City.   “Social Media Marketing & Facebook Ad…

Oregon SBDC Network Awarded National Accreditation

The Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been awarded national accreditation without conditions by America’s SBDC, its national association. Blue Mountain Community College hosts the local SBDC for northeastern Oregon.   Every five years, SBDC networks throughout the country are required to go through an accreditation process with the Accreditation Committee of America’s…

State Representative Greg Smith Appointed to Governor’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet

Governor Kate Brown has announced the appointment of State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner) to the Small Business Advisory Cabinet. The Cabinet is charged with developing recommendations on how state government can support small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs and advance statewide economic growth. Representative Greg Smith is one of nine individuals appointed to the Cabinet…

The Great Minimum Wage Deception

By Anthony K. Smith   Passed by voters nearly 14 years ago, Measure 25 promised to take the minimum-wage issue out of politics for good, by linking it forever to annual increases in the federal Consumer Price Index.   “Measure 25 fixes the problem, and takes the issue out of the political arena,” assured the…

Greenwood Resources Earns Forest Stewardship Award

GreenWood Resources, Inc., a Portland-based global investment and timber management company, has received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and a commitment to responsible forest management.   Thirteen companies from across the country earned awards from FSC, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound,…

Dandelion Wines Opens in Historic Downtown Enterprise

A new business celebrated its grand opening in Historic Downtown Enterprise last week, with a solid welcome provided by area residents. Dandelion Wines, 112 West Main Street, is the latest venture by entrepreneurs Jody and Michael Berry. I asked the couple for more information on their background and why they chose to locate their businesses…

Community Bank Receives “Outstanding” CRA Performance Rating From FDIC

Community Bank, headquartered in Joseph, Oregon, recently received the highest possible rating from the FDIC for its most recent performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 requires federally insured depository institutions to support the borrowing needs of all the communities where they do business, including low- and moderate-income areas….

Karastan Carpet at Next Step Carpet Design Center

By Lori Kimbel   Before your next home remodeling project be sure to visit the retail location and showroom of Next Step Carpet at 2631 Bearco Loop in La Grande. Brent Moulton has been responsible for bringing homes in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties, to life with new carpet for the past 25 years. He…

Chandlers Inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame

The Chandler family of Chandler Herefords, Baker City, Ore., was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Oct. 30, 2015. The family was recognized at the “Celebrate the Brand” event during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. The Hall of Fame honor annually recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the…

Community Bank’s Charity Drive Produces Over $24,000 This Holiday Season

The annual Charity Drive was conducted in Community Bank’s full-service branch locations during November, through December 18th.  The program is an effort to collect donations in branches to benefit charities in that same area. This season a grand total of $24,116.03 in donations and bank matches  were dispersed to charities assisting local citizens in need….

Hawk M2M Specializes in Machine-to-Machine Technology

By Lori Kimbel Tucked away in a modest office in the heart of Baker City is Hawk M2M, an electrical and electronic design firm owned by Baker County native Orrin Bigelow.   Shelves are lined with circuit boards and all of the intricate parts that go along with them.   A desk, free from clutter,…

Business Oregon Secures $450,000 to Help Small Businesses Reach Global Markets

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, has secured $450,000 in federal grants to help small businesses export their products and services to international markets.   “Marketing Oregon’s products to the world starts with access,” said Governor Kate Brown. “These grants open the door for Oregon’s small businesses to markets around the globe.”   The…

Carr Joins GEODC

Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC) is please to announce that Tillman Carr has join GEODC as Executive Director effective August 3, 2015. Tillman will oversee the activities of GEODC.   Tillman comes to GEODC with a long career in banking including 13 years as a bank examiner, 14 years with the Farm Credit System,…

Governor Kate Brown Announces New Loan Program for Oregon Small Businesses

Governor Kate Brown today announces a new pilot program to help small Oregon companies finance their growth.   Small and young companies often struggle to find conventional financing. The Small Business Expansion Program is a $5 million fund that will provide an alternative for small businesses, especially those in underserved or disconnected communities.“   Businesses…

Always Something New at Shangri – la Boutique in Milton Feewater

By Lori Kimbel Step into Shangri-la Boutique and let your eyes wander as they take in this gem of a gift shop located in Milton Freewater. This holiday season is the perfect time to stop in and see just what owner, Jeanne Ehmer, has to offer.   Jeanne Ehmer, along with her husband George started…

Baker City SBDC Growing

Blue Mountain Community College’s Small Business Development Center in Baker City has named two new business advisors. Joining current business advisor Jeff Nelson are Glenas Orcutt and Phillip O’Reilly.   Orcutt brings extensive experience in business and marketing with more than 25 years in advertising management and sales. In her previous position as Regional Advertising…

Modern Woodmen Expands Representation in NE Oregon

By Trish Yerges Modern Woodmen of America announced its new representative in Union County, Kem Brainerd of Elgin, who is fully licensed to sell life, property, casualty and health insurance.   Brainerd has over 16 years of experience in the insurance business and looks forward to growing into additional areas of financial advising in the…

Sean Robbins Stepping Down as Business Oregon Director

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that Sean Robbins will step down as the director of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.   “I’m grateful to Sean for his leadership and contribution to Business Oregon over the last year,” Governor Brown said. “He crafted a thoughtful vision into an effective strategic action plan for…