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Small-business Happenings for October 30, 2013

Small-business Happenings for October 30, 2013

NEODD strives to link businesses with investors

NEOEDD Economic Development Specialist Sara Miller, left, and Executive Director Lisa Dawson are launching an outreach to communities in Northeast Oregon to connect local businesses with local investors in a project to put money to work locally and build stronger communities. (TRISH YERGES/WesCom News Service)

ELGIN — Northeast Oregon Economic Development District representatives Lisa Dawson and Sarah Miller of Enterprise are launching a comprehensive outreach to connect local businesses with local investors in Northeast Oregon to achieve mutually profitable goals and build stronger communities. 

Pharmacy makes use of high tech

Red Cross Drug owner Bob Coulter shows off a high-tech measuring device used in the store’s lab. Coulter’s business recently was written in a national magazine that showcases technological innovation in the pharmacy trade. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/WesCom News Service)

Red Cross Drug in La Grande keeps pace with the latest technological innovations in the pharmacy trade

There’s an artifact from another age sitting on a shelf in a conference room at Red Cross Drug. It’s a Royal typewriter, the klunky, manually-operated machine businesses used to produce documents before computers came along.

Offbeat treats

Recycling Halloween costumes and clothing items that can be used for costumes is big business for Marlene Hays and Stephen Barton of the Royal Clothiers used clothing shop. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH for WesCom News Service)

La Grande secondhand clothing shop scares up business with unique costume offerings 

If you happen to spot Raggedy Ann hobbling down the street on a walker in the next couple of weeks, don’t be alarmed. It’s Halloween, after all, and Halloween brings out the kid in most everybody.

Small-business Happenings for October 23, 2013

Small-business Happenings for October 23, 2013


Audiologist moving her practice from Baker City to La Grande

Dr. Robin Maxon will be moving her practice, Eastern Oregon Audiology, from Baker City to La Grande. 

The current office at 1832 Main St. will close on Oct. 24 in order to open the new clinic on Nov. 5, Maxon said in a letter to patients.

Small-business Happenings for October 16, 2013

Small-business Happenings for October 16, 2013

Filling a need for seed

Jamie Knight, Oregon Department of Forestry

Local orchard to alleviate shortage of Western larch seeds for area timber growers 

Council to meet with Oregon Food Bank

Wallowa County Food System Council hosts strategic planning session Monday 

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Food System Council is hosting a half-day strategic planning session Monday with Sharon Thornberry and Matt Buck of the Oregon Food Bank.

Marketplace Roadshow

Event brings agencies, small business owners together

LA GRANDE — Owners of area small businesses were offered a one-stop shop when the Governor’s Marketplace Roadshow came to La Grande Thursday.

Representatives from state and federal agencies were in town to present advice to small business owners and personnel as well as provide a networking opportunity. 

Swim free during September at Veterans Pool

LA GRANDE  — Anytime Fitness and the Veterans Memorial Pool are partnering to offer free swim Saturdays this month in recognition of “National Childhood Obesity Month.”  

A balance: independence & security

The staff of every assisted living facility deals with the same challenge: Ensuring the appropriate balance of independence and security for each of their residents.

Travel agency’s grand re-opening event includes murder mystery book signing

From left, Dennis Cass, Molly Brog and Rebecca Cass sign copies of their book “Homicide on the Half Shell” at Alegre Travel’s grand re-opening celebration Sept. 10. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Alegre Travel of La Grande staged a grand re-opening Sept. 10 to celebrate moving into its new location at 1307 Adams Ave. 

The longtime business was formerly located at 101 Depot St. The travel agency’s space is owned by the Masonic Lodge, which remodeled the business space for Alegre. 

Small-business Happenings for September 18, 2013

Small-business Happenings for September 18, 2013

Log bark turned into ‘Wallowa County Gold’

JOSEPH — Approximately 100 truckloads of dirt are on their way from Joseph to Milton-Freewater, turning what was once a waste product into organic soil for orchards and vineyards.

The hauling started 10 days ago, said S&V Properties spokesperson Steve Krieger, and will continue until an order for 2,500 yards is filled to Sustainable Soils.

Umpqua acquiring Sterling

A customer exits Sterling Bank Monday in La Grande. Sterling has two locations in La Grande, one at 1215 Adams Ave. and another at 3106 Island Ave. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Combined banks will operate under Umpqua name 

Umpqua Holdings, the Portland-based parent of Umpqua Bank, is acquiring Sterling Financial Corporation in a $2 billion deal that would create the largest community bank on the West Coast.

Once the deal is complete, the newly combined banks will operate under the name of Umpqua Bank. 

Furniture West closing

Furniture West owner Gene Demeerleer puts a price tag on a couch last week. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Family-owned store to shut doors after 24 years in business 

LA GRANDE — The 16-foot red rocker is coming down.

After 24 years of business, Furniture West is closing its doors.

The signs are up and the sales have started. 

New laws streamline hydro projects

ENTERPRISE — A new law passed by Congress this summer will make installation of small hydropower projects much easier for local landowners.

Aaron’s launches new fundraiser

Opportunity gives teams, groups chance to raise money from referrals to the lease-to-own, retail store 

Fundraising can be a difficult and time-consuming task. One local store is hopingto make fundraising easierwhile also connecting to the community.

Serving soldiers

Alaine Encabo (center) recently became the program director for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in Oregon. Encabo has been touring the state and meeting with ESGR volunteers, including Area 6 Chair Jack Johnson of Cove (right) and committee member Bob Moody of La Grande. (Bill Rautenstrauch/For The Observer)

New director coordinates ESGR efforts in Oregon 

A former Army officer and engineer who grew up in Tygh Valley is the new program director for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in Oregon.

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