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Investment seminars coming to N.E. Oregon

Programs in La Grande and Joseph will focus on connecting businesses with local investors 

The Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative is hosting two evenings with journalist Amy Cortese, author of “Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It.” Cortese and collaborative partner Amy Pearl of Springboard Innovations will meet with citizens and community leaders interested in new tools being developed to connect Northeast Oregon businesses with local investors. The program will include networking, a formal presentation and follow-up discussion.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Amy Cortese to Union and Wallowa counties,” said Lisa Dawson, executive director of the district. “Her expertise in and enthusiasm for local investing are sure to educate and inspire everyone who attends.”

This is the second in a series of programs that explore local investing. Economist Michael Shuman spoke in Baker City in November. These events are part of an effort to launch a multi-faceted “Community Capital” program in 2014.

“Community Capital” gives local citizens the option to divert money from the global stock market, which does not benefit the region, into Northeast Oregon businesses. It is not an Northeast Oregon Economic Development District sponsored investment fund, but a program of training and technical assistance to enable individuals to enter into legal investment arrangements with entrepreneurs and businesses of their choice.

The first event is Monday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, 403 N. Main Street in Joseph and the second is Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bangkok East Banquet Room, 1114 Adams Avenue in La Grande.

The District is part of the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, a group of fourteen organizations working in conjunction with Springboard Innovation and its online platform, ChangeXchange Northwest, to launch a community capital program in NE Oregon.

Admission is by suggested donation at the door and free for students.

Light snacks will be available. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kristy Athens, outreach specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

Partner organizations are Springboard Innovation, The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Rural Development Initiatives, USDA Rural Development.

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 our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.


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