Small-business Happenings for October 3, 2012

October 03, 2012 01:42 pm


MAD Habit Boutique doubles offerings

BAKER CITY — MAD Habit Boutique has expanded into a new space in downtown Baker City, at 1798 Main St.

Owner Chelsa Mitchell said she’s at least doubled her offerings in the new space. Everything on display is local, handmade or fair-trade — or a combination of those. All are created by women.

“There’s new stuff every week, and I make new jewelry every day,” she said. (She does custom orders, as well as pieces for the shop.)

MAD Habit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, she will be open late on the first Friday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in conjunction with art show openings at downtown galleries.

To learn more, call 541-829-3157, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit the facebook page,


Nominations accepted for awards banquet

BAKER CITY — The Baker County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual awards banquet January.

Categories include:

• Legacy Man and Woman of the Year

• Business of the Year

• Nonprofit Business of the Year

• Excellence in Agriculture

• Man and Woman of the Year

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 490 Campbell St. or download the forms from; the link is in the lower right corner of the main page. More information is available by calling 541-523-5855.


Emerson Music Arts opens in La Grande 

LA GRANDE — Lea and Mark Emerson, a former Los Angeles, Calif.,  couple with family ties in La Grande, recently moved to town to start Emerson Music Arts.

The Emersons are involved in a wide range of music-related activities, including classes for children and adults. They give lessons in piano, drums, classical percussion, drum line, songwriting and recording. They teach classes for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth in music, dance movement, Orff Schulwerk and more.

The Emersons also offer live entertainment for events. They primarily play jazz, classical music and pop.

Lea Emerson is a native Oregonian and a La Grande High School graduate who met her husband while attending the University of Oregon. She holds degrees from the university and studied piano with International Chopin Contest prizewinner David Kramer.

Mark Emerson, also a UO graduate, has been a presenter, conductor and arranger for the national Orff Schulwerk Conference, has performed frequently with symphonies and has worked with many professional recording artists.

Together, the Emersons formed the band Envoy which has featured recordings engineered by Granny Award winner Bernie Kirsch and performances by John

Reach Emerson Music Arts at 424-247-3411. The Website address is


Family leave seminar offered in La Grande

LA GRANDE — Oregon Employer Council Union County is sponsoring a seminar on leave laws in Oregon 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler Lane.

The Oregon Family Leave Act and Medical Leave Act have fundamentally altered how employers administer company leave programs. These laws are complex and often inter-related. The Employer Council says that without proper training, even the best intentions may not protect managers from straying into a legal minefield.

During the six-hour training session, presenter Joseph Tam of the Bureau of Labor and Industries will focus on the legal requirements of the family leave and medical leave acts.

The seminar is targeted toward human resources personnel, business owners, supervisors and anyone who is responsible for administering a company leave program.

The seminar is approved for six recertification hours through the Human Resources Certification Institute. Cost for the seminar is $100 per person, a $170 value subsidized by Oregon Employer Council Union County. Payment will be accepted in advance or at the door.

Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call 541-963-7111 ext. 230 no later than Oct. 8.