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Small-business Happenings for September 18, 2013

Small-business Happenings for September 18, 2013

Home-based business moves into retail space

BAKER CITY — Baker City Vapoligy has opened a retail store after six months as a home-based business.

Owner Theresa Ball and her partner, Justin Myers, have leased a space in the back of High Mountain Trading, 2650 10th St., to sell the Vapoligy brand of electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarette kits as well as individual components and accessories are the featured products that are sold at the new store. Niquid, the liquid that is vaporized by and inhaled via the apparatus, is available in 40 flavors and with zero to 24 levels of nicotine.

Baker City Vapoligy is currently open for limited hours. A grand opening will be Oct. 4-6. For those three days only the business will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Normal store hours are 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store will be open on Sundays by appointment only. Expanded hours are planned in the future.

For more information or to schedule a non-business-hour appointment, call Theresa Ball at 541-403-0464 or Justin Myers at 541-519-5087.


What’s needed to start a food business is presentation topic

BAKER CITY — A free Food Innovation presentation is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Eagle Cap Culinary Arts in Baker City.

The event will run from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at 2725 Seventh St.

Laura Barton, trade development manager at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will talk about agriculture development and marketing.

Barton will give an overview of what’s needed to start a food business, and outline the resources available to help.

Participants will be served appetizers and refreshments prepared by students at the Eagle Cap Culinary Arts program, one of several training programs housed in the former North Baker School in Baker City.

Barton’s presentation is sponsored by the Blue Mountain Community College Small Business Development Center.

For more information, or to register for the Oct. 7 event, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=ynrpttdab&oeidk=a07e86khaqz214fad8a or call Gene Stackle at 541-523-5556.


Mt. Emily Ale House hosts PubTalk Sept. 25 

LA GRANDE — This month’s PubTalk features the timely topic of social media. Featured speaker Cindy Edwards from I.D.E.A. (Instructional Design Education Associates) will explain how to use social media to make, or break, a great brand image.

 PubTalk is set for Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at Mt. Emily Ale House, 1202 Adams Ave., La Grande.

 The PubTalk will also include business pitches from two Union County entrepreneurs. Robert Lantz will introduce his business, Robert J. Lantz Woodworking, which offers remodel services and custom cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms. 

Mike Rysavy will be speaking about Eagles Hot Lake RV Park, a facility by Hot Lake Springs that features 100 pull-through RV lanes as well as a large tenting area.

 PubTalk is a bimonthly business networking event hosted by Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and Community Bank. PubTalks are open to all in the community, with a focus on those who are operating a business or thinking of starting one. Tickets are $5 and include light refreshments. For more information, contact NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bertrand joins Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy

LA GRANDE — Physical therapist Ben Bertrand, MSPT, DPT, has returned to the Grande Ronde Valley to join physical therapist Dale Johnston at Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy. Bertrand, a native of The Dalles, lived with his family in
La Grande from 2001 to 2011. 

He spent five years with Mountain Valley Therapy in La Grande, where he worked from 2002 to 2006. He later served as the manager of Rehabilitation Services at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City until 2011. 

“It is rare to have a therapist with Ben’s skill set and background want to come work in a small rural practice. His clinical skills and experience will bring a whole new level of services we will be able to offer the community, Johnston said. “At 62, I am looking to slow down, but working with Ben has rejuvenated my desire to keep doing what I love.”

Bertrand played baseball for the Oregon State University, earning All-Pac 10 and Academic All-American honors as a catcher. He spent two seasons in the minor league system of the San Francisco Giants organization before a ruptured elbow ligament halted his dream of playing in the major leagues. Following that career-ending injury, Bertrand completed his physical therapy training at Pacific University in Forest Grove where he received a master’s degree and capped that with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2002.

His areas of clinical focus include evidence-based treatment of the injured worker, ergonomics and advanced treatment of injured athletes, specifically throwing athletes. 

Bertrand and his wife, Rachel, have four children — twins Brett and Brittney, 13, Brooke, 9 and Brady, 2. 

Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy is located on the corner of 4th Street and C Avenue in La Grande. The phone number is 541-963-9340.


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