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SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Clapp moves media services business

LA GRANDE — Brent Clapp Media Services has gone from home-based business to storefront enterprise, taking up quarters at 2010 Island Ave.

Clapp, who has lived in La Grande the past 15 years, offers videoproduction and photography services. His credits include national television shows, and productions for local corporate clients. He has filmed shows for “Steve’s Outdoor Adventures,” an Outdoors Channel program hosted by Steve West of La Grande.

In addition to video production and photography, Clapp helps people convert old media to new media, such as video tape to DVD, or conversion of bulk photographs to digital files. Services also include video streaming of live events such as sporting events, weddings and funerals.

To celebrate his move to the Island Avenue location, Clapp plans a grand opening Friday. He will be offering free Valentine’s Day portraits to singles and small groups.

Before moving to La Grande, Clapp studied media production at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and taught videography and photography at that school.

He started his media services business in 2010, working out of his La Grande home. He said he is moving the business to the retail location in order to provide customers with better access to his services.

Urban Renewal Agency opens call for projects

The Phoenix building is one of several projects that received Urban Renewal funding. Urban Renewal funding will allow building owner John Howard to remove the tin currently wrapped around the building and restore much of the facade to imitate its original artistry. The building will also be gaining a 6-foot clock that will face the Adams Avenue-Depot Street intersection and a flagpole on the roof. The URA will be accepting applications for funding for the next fiscal year until March 31. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency will begin accepting applications for project funding assistance Tuesday.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 31.

Restore Oregon proposes rehabilitation tax credit to spur investment, growth in historic downtowns

PORTLAND — After four years of research and public workshops aimed at addressing the physical and economic deterioration of Oregon’s historic downtowns, Restore Oregon has released a special report on Revitalizing Main Street that calls for a state rehabilitation tax credit to spur economic development and job creation.

Small-business Happenings for February 5, 2014

Small-business Happenings for February 5, 2014

Small business happenings January 29, 2014

Small business happenings January 29, 2014

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.

Bookstore remodel

Jon Hancock does some painting in preparation for the mid-February opening of the JaxDog Café at Looking Glass Books. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)

Jessica and Gregory Bogard are giving a nod to the past and looking ahead to the future as they get set for a major remodel of their Looking Glass Books store downtown. 

On Saturday, the couple will temporarily close the business and move all their main floor inventory — including an estimated 40,000 books — to a location up the street. Then they’ll pitch in on an improvement and expansion project that will include restoring the floor to its original condition, and establishing a café in the loft in back.

Lostine farmer works to improve her community

June Colony of Lostine continues to find new markets for her farm products. By marketing different qualities of fleece on eBay she’s discovered she can greatly increase the price of a pound of wool. (KATY NESBITT/WesCom News Service)

LOSTINE — June Colony of Lostine continues to find new ways to expand not only markets for her products, but for other small farmers in the Wallowa Valley.

Colony has successfully won and fulfilled the requirements for U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to expand local markets for the produce and sheep she raises, but said the key to successful grant completion is working with other producers.  

Elm Street furniture store coming back to life

Mike Daggett, pictured above, and his son, Shaun, are set to open Northwest Furniture and Mattress in the building where Furniture West did business. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)

Furniture West, an anchor business in downtown La Grande since 1989, did shut down last November. Here’s the rest of the story: the giant red rocker is staying right where it is.

In the building at 215 Elm St. previously occupied by Furniture West, the father-and-son team of Mike and Shaun Daggett are opening Northwest Furniture and Mattress, a full-line furniture store that will closely resemble its predecessor. 

Pat Caldwell joins Baker City Herald newsroom staff

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BAKER CITY — Pat Caldwell’s job hunting days serendipitously coincided with the Baker City Herald’s search for a new reporter.

Caldwell, 46, started his new job with the Herald on Jan 6. He will cover city and county government as well as business and agriculture, said Jayson Jacoby, Baker City Herald editor.

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Union County tax collector issues reminder to businesses

Business owners are reminded that personal property used in their businesses may be subject to property taxation, according to Linda Hill, Union County assessor/tax collector.

Taxable personal property includes machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures used in a business. Oregon law requires business owners to file a personal property return with the county assessor by March 1. Tax return forms were mailed the end of December to businesses in Union County that were assessed for the 2013-14 tax year. New business owners who did not receive a form are still obligated to file a personal property tax return. 

Business owners can request a tax return from the Union County assessor’s office by calling 541-963-1002. There is a penalty for filing after the March 1 deadline. 

If business owners sell the business, they are asked to notify the county assessor’s office to avoid future tax liability on the personal property.

Cove-based nursery finds a niche market

Sandy Roth and Dick Kenton hold native plant plugs at their native plant nursery, The Plantworks, located in Cove. The company specializes in the intermountain region supplying native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and wetland species for ecological restoration projects. (KELLY BLACK photo)

The Plantworks specializes in supplying native vegetation for ecological restoration projects

It is a niche market that requires a special kind of green thumb. 

Give your backyard birds a boost in winter

CORVALLIS — Wild birds can sometimes use a little help from us to thrive in winter.

Give your backyard birds a boost in winter

CORVALLIS — Wild birds can sometimes use a little help from us to thrive in winter.

Rick Gorte has a passion for black powder

Long time black powder enthusiast Rick Gorte recently opened Bullseye Muzzleloaders and More in Island City. His inventory includes kit and factory-built replicas of historic firearms. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/WesCom News Service)

ISLAND CITY — To hear Rick Gorte tell it, there’s a growing community of people who love muzzleloaders, both for the history and the modern-day hunting experience.

That’s the reason he’s followed his own abiding black powder passion into business, opening Bullseye Muzzleloaders and More in a small retail space at 10201 W. First St. in Island City.

Small business happenings for January 8, 2014

Small business happenings for January 8, 2014

Lostine woman has spent her life horsing around

Lesley Neuman trained more than 300 wild mustangs for the Bureau of Land Management’s adoption program and 20 for herself. She still keeps five mustangs on her ranch outside of Lostine. (KATY NESBITT/WesCom News Service)

Lesley Neuman has trained wild mustangs for federal adoption program

LOSTINE — One woman’s passion for horses helped hundreds who adopted mustangs off the West’s public lands. 

Lesley Neuman of Lostine teaches techniques that allow her to approach wild mustangs at clinics sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management.

Small business happenings for January 1, 2014

ServiceMaster’s Scott earns certification

The Institute of lnspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification announced that Jessee Scott of ServiceMaster of La Grande, has become a Certified Water Restoration Technician.

“Jessee Scott is an example of the type of individual who cares about consumers and their belongings, as well an his industry. He has demonstrated the desire to provide customers with thorough, professional and caring service,” said Tom Hill, IICRC executive administrator.

The IICRC is a nonprofit certifying and standard-setting organization dedicated to raising industry standards through technical proficiency. 

By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians.

OSU Extension's most popular stories of 2013

CORVALLIS  – From how to plant cover crops to how to aerate your lawn, the Oregon State University Extension Service offered gardeners advice on several topics from a variety of OSU experts in 2013.

Below is a roundup of the five most-viewed gardening stories of the year on OSU Extension’s website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening.

OSU Extension's most popular stories of 2013

CORVALLIS  – From how to plant cover crops to how to aerate your lawn, the Oregon State University Extension Service offered gardeners advice on several topics from a variety of OSU experts in 2013.

Below is a roundup of the five most-viewed gardening stories of the year on OSU Extension’s website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening.

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