Free workshop offered on how to connect with customers

BAKER CITY — LaunchPad Baker, 2019 Main St., Suite A, in Baker City, is hosting “Finding Your Value Proposition — Connecting with Your Customer,” a free workshop, at 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

Using the “Value Proposition Canvas,” the workshop will help business owners learn why customers buy or don’t buy their goods and services. Participants will challenge their assumptions and learn how to really know the motivation of their customers. Register at

Martial arts studio launches children’s program

LA GRANDE — Backyard Jujitsu is an all-arts study program of Jujitsu and Kajukenbo. The studio teaches street self-defense, throwing, takedowns, grappling, striking, weapons and fitness. Beginners are welcome as are those who want to get in shape and at the same time learn basic self-defense in Jujitsu. A new children’s program, Little Ninjas in the Backyard, is beginning this fall. Children will they learn not only how to protect themselves but also bully prevention and how to have respect for others and themselves. The code at Backyard Jujitsu is the Samurai code: Bushido, the way of the warrior. Children’s class is $55 a month, $100 for the first month with a school uniform. Adult class is $65 a month, $110 for the first month with a school uniform. For more information or to register for classes, log in to

Wheat Growers League, Commission seek CEO

SALEM — The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission are seeking a chief executive officer to provide leadership, vision, focus and unity to their organizations. The CEO will serve as the principal administrator of both the OWC and OWGL, which is committed to working in a unified, focused and effective manner to improve the profitability of the Oregon wheat industry.

A search committee has been formed and the deadline for applications is Oct. 20. The full job announcement and position description can be found at Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume and three references (electronic submissions preferred) to Tana Simpson (, Oregon Wheat Commission, 1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 370, Portland 97209. Call 503-467-2161 for more information.

Classes cover digital marketing and content creation for social media

PENDLETON, BAKER CITY, ENTERPRISE — The Blue Mountain Community College Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of seminars focused on social media and digital media for businesses in Eastern Oregon this fall. The courses will be led by Michael Mettler, founder and director of strategy at MCM Strategic + Communications, a marketing and management consulting firm based in Walla Walla, Washington.

All classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon. “Integrating Google Business Into Your Digital Marketing Strategy,” which will focus on the ever-important role that Google is playing in search results, will be held Oct. 9 in Pendleton, Oct. 10 in Baker City, and Nov. 5 in Enterprise. “Promoting and Growing Your Business Digitally” will discuss social media platforms, digital media advertising, budgeting, reporting and managing your communities on Oct. 23 in Pendleton, Oct. 24 in Baker City and Nov. 19 in Enterprise.

Each class is $39, payable by cash or check made out to BMCC. In Pendleton, classes will be at 2411 NW Carden Ave.; in Baker City, at 3275 Baker St.; and in Enterprise, at 107 SW First St. For more information and registration, call Andrea Fowler at 541-278-5833 or visit BMCC SBDC on Facebook @bluemountainsbdc.

Water rights, due diligence discussed at ag summit

HERMISTON — Water rights and environmental due diligence in real estate transactions will be among the topics regional water experts and attorneys cover at Dunn Carney’s annual Eastern Oregon Ag Summit.

The event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Maxwell Event Center, 145 N 1st Place, Hermiston.

The free, half-day conference will feature a range of speakers focusing on state and regional water, labor and intellectual property laws and issues in agriculture. Tom Myrum, executive director of the Washington State Water Resources Association, will provide an update on the Columbia River Treaty Negotiations.

Dunn Carney’s Eastern Oregon Ag Summit includes panel discussions and presentations by industry leaders from around the region, as well as lawyers from law firm Dunn Carney’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Team.

“This is a unique opportunity for farmers, ranchers and processors in the region to hear directly from industry and organization leaders who have a seat at the table in dealing with issues that affect them,” says Kate Moore, leader of Dunn Carney’s environmental practice and chair of the firm’s Eastern Oregon Ag Summit. “We want attendees to ask questions and talk with each other and with us.”

A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch are included. To register for the event, visit

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