Small-business Happenings for November 7, 2012

By Chris Baxter, The Observer November 07, 2012 01:53 pm
PubTalk, Succession Planning, Special Care for New Concrete

PubTalk to focus on social media

A PubTalk slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Mt. Emily Ale House in La Grande will focus on social media as it applies to business marketing.

Timothy Bishop, tourism and marketing consultant for Baker County, will describe how he achieves results using pictures to drive traffic to Baker County tourism sites.

The PubTalk will also feature business pitches by two individuals in the arts sector. Mike Emerson of Emerson Music Arts and Rikki Jo Hickey of The Actor’s Studio will talk about the services they are providing in the community.

PubTalks are business networking events hosted by the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District. Tickets are $5 and include light refreshments. For more information, contact NEOEDD at 541-426-3598.

Mt Emily Ale House is located at 1202 Adams Avenue.

Workshop looks at succession planning

Succession planning for farm and ranch families is the subject of a two-part workshop scheduled in Enterprise in November and December.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District-sponsored event, called “Ties to the Land,” is for the owners of family farms, ranches and forestlands who want to preserve their legacy. A mix of presentations and practical exercises will provide participants with knowledge and tools and start succession planning.

Topics covered include challenges of succession planning, legal and financial instruments, clarifying values and goals, holding effective family meetings and meeting with professionals who can help finalize a plan.

The workshop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, at Community Connection in Enterprise, 702 NW First Street.

Cost is $50 for a first person and $10 for each additional person from the same family or farm. The workbook costs $25.

For more information or to pre-register, call the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, 541-426-3598, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The workshop is being held in partnership with Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Center.

City urges special care for new concrete

With the “Big H” project winding down and new sidewalks complete in most locations, the City of La Grande is urging property owners to take special care of the newly poured concrete.

In a project update for the week of Nov. 5-9, the city said all concrete needs to be protected after it is initially installed. De-icers will cause the concrete surface to flake and peel. The city recommends use of sand or kitty litter to deal with ice problems.

The city said property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks and replacing those that are damaged.

According to the weekly update, the Big H project is winding down, with minimal impact expected. The most significant impact area for the next two to three weeks will be the sidewalk on the east side of Elm Street between Adams Avenue and the alley south of Adams.

Finish work will continue on the accent wall near Sterling Bank, and new street trees may be installed this week or next. New pedestrian lights are scheduled to arrive this week, with installation to begin soon.

Also this week, the contractor will be working on “punch list” items including cleaning fronts of buildings throughout the project area.

The Big H project includes a rebuild of sidewalks, alleys and alley approaches in downtown La Grande.