Small-business Happenings for October 17, 2012

By Observer Upload October 17, 2012 01:20 pm

Pampered Chef consultant wins prestigious award 

The Pampered Chef, a direct seller of kitchen tools based in Addison, Ill., recently paid high honor to Imbler resident and Pampered Chef independent director Roxanne Graves.

In front of thousands of her peers at the company’s annual leadership conference, Graves received the Excellence Award for Personal Sales. Consultants who receive the award have reached a minimum of $55,000 in commissionable sales.

“I am honored to be recognized for my success with The Pampered Chef,” Graves said. “During these economic times, it’s amazing to be a part of a company that offers a flexible training opportunity and real solutions.”

At in-home Pampered Chef shows, guests see and try products, prepare and sample recipes, and learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and tips in how to entertain with style and ease.

For more information about The Pampered Chef or to learn how to become a consultant, contact Graves at 541-910-3645 or by email at


Farmer Merchant Banquet slated for Oct. 23

LA GRANDE — The 64th annual Farmer Merchant Banquet is set for Oct. 23. The event, which honors our area’s agriculture, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. 

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 541-963-8588, to make your reservation.


Pair join law firm in Baker City

BAKER CITY — Kiley J. Stuchlik and Steven V. Stuchlik have joined the law firm of Silven, Schmeits and Vaughan in Baker City.

Kiley, originally from Weiser, Idaho, is a 2007 graduate of Eastern Oregon University and a 2011 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.

Prior to joining the Baker City firm, Kiley clerked for Judge John R. Stegner of the Second Judicial District of Idaho.

Kiley is accepting misdemeanor criminal cases and civil matters including domestic relations proceedings, estate planning, probate, property disputes, personal injury and wrongful death, and landlord-tenant disputes. Kiley is licensed to practice law in Oregon and in Idaho.

Steve, a Baker City native, is a 2008 graduate of Eastern Oregon University and a 2012 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.

While at Idaho, he studied with an emphasis on natural resources and environmental law. During his final year of law school he worked as an intern for William L. Herrington, a Moscow, Idaho, attorney whom Steve helped in a variety of civil matters including municipal law, real estate transactions and estate planning. Steve is accepting both criminal and civil cases.

Both Steve and Kiley will be working with longtime Baker City attorney Floyd C. “Charlie” Vaughan.

The law firm’s offices are at 1950 Third St. in Baker City. The phone number is 541-523-4444, and the website is


Workforce analyst to discuss current economic trends
at Chamber breakfast

BAKER CITY — The Baker County Chamber of Commerce will have a no-host breakfast Oct. 24 in Baker City with Andrew Crollard, a workforce analyst from the Oregon Employment Department who works in Baker, Union, Grant, Harney, Malheur and Wallowa counties.

The event will start at 7 a.m. at the Sunridge Inn, 1 Sunridge Lane.

Crollard will discuss current economic trends for the region and state, including unemployment rates, long-term unemployment, industry trends, the looming retirement of Baby Boomers and younger workers harmed by the recession.

If you have other topics or statistics you’d like Crollard to cover, you can call him at 541-519-0315 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it