Small-business Happenings

By Observer Upload October 10, 2012 01:42 pm

Mountain West earns national award

Mountain West Moving and Storage of La Grande will be the recipient of a prestigious award at the UniGroup Annual Convention in San Francisco Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

UniGroup, founded in 1987, is the parent company of Mayflower Transit, United Van Lines and other subsidiaries. The convention, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, will feature business and awards sessions for Mayflower and United agents. 

Mountain West has been a Mayflower agent since 1953, longer than any other company in Oregon. The local company received notification in September that it had been tapped for a Performance Excellence Award in the Customer Choice category.

Customer Choice awards recognize top agents dedicated to quality service performance. The agents are selected for their customer survey scores and other measures. The winners are presented in categories based on total volume of household goods shipments registered.

Mountain West driver Rod Beverage was a Mayflower driver of the Month for the Western Region in January 2012, and a runner up for the award in February.

Mountain West was an Impact Award winner in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. 

Work on La Grande streetscape project continues 

Project impacts and work areas for the Big H construction project in downtown La Grande will be essentially the same this week as they have been the last two weeks, according to the City of La Grande’s most recent update.

The update, for Oct. 8-12, said the alley between Depot Street behind Sterling Bank will be partially closed for about one more week. Access to the alley on the east side of Elm Street by Furniture West will be also be closed one more week.

The city said the sidewalk on the east side of Elm between Adams and Jefferson avenues will be closed about one more week. The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Avenue between Depot Street and the public parking lot will be closed for this week, but should re-open by the weekend.

In order to minimize construction impacts during the upcoming holiday shopping season downtown, the project to reconstruct the alley approaches throughout downtown (outside of the Big H area, to include Fourth, Chestnut, Greenwood and Hemlock streets between Jefferson and Washington) has been delayed until Spring 2013. sponsoring U.S. Cellular contest

Enterprise-based is sponsoring Calling All Communities, U.S. Cellular’s million dollar

The contest has kicked off and is open to all K-12 schools — big or small, public or private. The math is simple, but the rewards are big: the school with the most votes wins $150,000, and the following 17 schools with the most votes will each win $50,000. Vote now to say hello to a better future for education. 

Get a voting card at at 108 W. Main St. in Enterprise. Register at to vote and enter the unique voting code.

All Wallowa County votes go to Enterprise High School. If it is selected as a winner the proceeds will be divided among Enterprise, Wallowa and Joseph schools.

The contest ends Oct. 21.


About this column

Small Business Happenings covers Northeast Oregon’s small-business community. The column carries news about business events, startups and owners and employees who earn awards and recognition or make significant gains in their careers.

There is no charge for inclusion in the column, which is editorial in nature and is not ad space or a marketing tool. Products and services will be discussed only in general terms.

Email items to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call them in to 541-963-3161.

Baker County residents can submit items to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call them in to 541-523-3673.