LA GRANDE — Local business owners have more services and opportunities available to them than they realize in Union County.

This is what Union County Commissioner Donna Beverage said she believes many business owners will discover Tuesday at the 2020 Business Summit For Economic Development, which runs 5:30-8 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande.

"It will be a good way to showcase what we have to offer," Beverage said.

Representatives of 14 entities, many with state, federal and local government ties, will attend the summit and provide information on the services they offer to businesses.

"It will be a place where businesses can do some one-stop shopping," said Beverage, the organizer of the summit. "We want to help businesses make the contacts they need."

Union County’s Baum Industrial Park is among the participants. It is a site providing space for businesses to relocate to or for new businesses to start. The park completed paving work last spring and offers electrical, water, sewer and other services to business will to operate there. Beverage said three local businesses which are expanding their operations, have purchased lots and are constructing buildings at park.

Other organizations coming to the summit include the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center, Business Oregon and the Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative. Beverage said she believes these entities will benefit from having representatives at the summit because they will get a better idea of the services offered to businesses in Union County.

"They will learn what others have to offer," Beverage said.

This also makes it easier for the staffs of the organizations and agencies and institutions to make referrals for business owners in the future.

People attending the summit also can attend presentations on business planning, funding, marketing and workforce development.

General assignment reporter

Beats include the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union, education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.

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