Export opportunities for Oregon’s small businesses have increased thanks to a $562,000 grant from the Small Business Association’s State Trade Expansion Program.

STEP is designed to increase both the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting. Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the SBA’s small business strategy.

The award allows the state to assist small businesses with export-related activities or other export initiatives such as participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits and training workshops.

“Of the over 6,000 Oregon-based businesses that exported last year, 89 percent of them were small,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said. “I hope
Oregon small businesses take advantage of the 94 percent of the consumers who live outside the United States.”

Farm Service Agency offers online tools for farmers to share hay, transition property

The Farm Service Agency offers HayNet, an Internet-based hay and grazing land service allowing farmers and ranchers to share “Need Hay” and “Have Hay” ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing land, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze.

Also available is TIP Net, a website that provides a tool to connect retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who are interested in the Transition Incentives Program. For more on either of these programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/online-services/haynet-tipnet/index.

Training for solar power systems held in Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON — The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association is offering a technical training Oct. 6 at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 NW Carden Ave., Science Tech Building Room 206, in Pendleton. The eight-hour OSEIA course, “Solar PV Systems Based on the 2017 NEC,” reviews all critical requirements for proper installation of PV systems by the National Electrical Code and focuses on 2017 changes.

To register or for more information, go to www.oseia.org or contact Meghan Craig at meghan@oseia.org.

Energy Facility Siting Council to meet in Boardman

SALEM — Two new rulemaking projects will be the focus of attention at the next Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on Sept. 21-22 in Boardman. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Boardman City Hall, 200 City Center Circle. Friday’s portion of the meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.

The council will hold hearings Thursday on proposed amendments to its rules related to carbon dioxide standards and structural, geologic and seismic updates. On Friday, the council may take action on the proposed amendments or provide direction to Oregon Department of Energy staff.

The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the Oregon Department of Energy website: www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Pages/Council-

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