Small-business happenings

By Observer Upload August 01, 2012 12:54 pm

E. Oregon Small Business Development Center holds class on federal contracting

The Eastern Oregon Small Business Development Center will host “Federal Contracting — Beyond the Basics” 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The class, presented by GCAP personnel Dee Edwards and Marta Clifford, includes updated information on federal contracting and how to market small businesses to federal agencies.

Participants will learn how to find, read and understand a federal solicitation, and how to market to federal agencies. The class will also include information on GCAP’s bid lead service.

There is no charge for the class and it is open to any entrepreneur. However, those wishing to attend need to pre-register by calling the SBDC 541-962-1532.

The center is located at 1607 Gekeler Lane.

Hunt honored for work
in rural communities

Russel Hunt, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, from Summerville, was presented with the Ann Schumacher Memorial Award at the annual conference for the National Association for Rural Mental Health held in May in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Schumacher Award was created in memory of Ann Schumacher, a licensed clinical social worker from Leoti, Kan.  Schumacher was the president-elect of NARMH in 2010 and was murdered by her ex-husband in the presence of two of their children three months prior to taking charge of that national organization.  She was an extraordinary practitioner in a very rural community.

Like Schumacher, Hunt has practiced his entire career in rural communities.  He was selected for the award by a committee that recognized his commitment to provide services to rural populations where historically few services have been offered.  

He has lived all of his life in rural Oregon and Washington and has been involved in public service since becoming an Eagle Scout in 1966.  Presently, he divides his time between a private practice with offices in La Grande and Baker City and half-time with the La Grande VA Clinic.  

Having retired from the military after over 23 years of service, Hunt is active in his local church and can occasionally be found playing music in the community. 

“This award is especially significant because it recognizes individual providers who live and work in the trenches.  Ann was a spectacular provider who combined the qualities of professional excellence, importance of family and an understanding of spiritual needs.  She was not afraid to do what needed to be done, even in the face of adversity.  She was my friend and colleague and I am humbled to be compared to her,”  Hunt said.

The National Association for Rural Mental Health is a professional organization that serves the field of rural mental health. NARMH’s membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community: consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers.