Business Development​

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Using County Business Patterns (CBP) and Non-employer Statistics (NES) to Make Informed Business Decisions

CBP studies the economic activity of small areas, analyzes economic changes over time; and is a benchmark for other statistical series between economic censuses. NES offers data for businesses with no paid employees (self-employed) and are subject to federal income tax. In this webinar, you will learn what CBP and NES characteristics are provided and how to use these economic data by industry in making informed business decisions. View the webinar recording and access materials provided at the webinar.

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USDOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) mission is to ensure Small Business policies and goals of the Secretary of Transportation are implemented in a fair, efficient and effective manner. Learn more information on their small business assistance, small business loans for women and veterans, and more small business resources.

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Census Business Builder (CBB)

The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.

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Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference

The Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference brings together as many as 350 nonprofit leaders for educational and networking sessions on current, relevant and inspiring topics facing nonprofits today. Dates: April 9, 7:30 am – 3 pm and April 10 7:45 am – noon Location: Ashland Hills Hotel, Ashland, OR Costs: $325 (non members, $225 NOA Members) Learn more and register.

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4th Annual Women’s Small Business Transportation Summit

The 4th Annual Women’s Small Business Transportation Summit, sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will be held virtually celebrating women entrepreneurs and providing an opportunity to learn about technical assistance resources, capacity building, access to capital, and upcoming USDOT initiatives, including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) opportunities. Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 7 am to 12:30 pm PST. Learn more and register.

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Hospitality Worker Day Webinar

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division – in coordination with the Women’s Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Agency and the Office of Foreign Labor Certification – will mark Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day by offering a webinar on federal regulations governing workers’ wages and benefits and employers’ responsibilities in hotels, motels, restaurants and staffing agencies. In addition they will provide information related to the H-2B visa program. Feb 22, 6 am – 1 pm.

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Supply Chain Challenge

The Supply Chain Challenge seeks ideas to radically innovate the way the Census Bureau provides supply chain data. The problem statement below applies across all phases, as the overarching challenge we are seeking to tackle: To support the nation’s need for critical goods and services, the Census Bureau is working toward improving its ability to measure the supply chain, including manufacturing, imports and exports, transportation and delivery of goods, and other key topics on global supply chains.

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Putting the X Factor in your Customer Service – Free Trainings

Earning customer loyalty is difficult – keeping it is critical. Learn the essential skills you need to keep your customers happy and sing your praises. The world has changed. What does Customer Service look like NOW? Walk away with people skills you can use to anticipate customer needs and give them the service THEY want. Learn how to increase team cohesiveness and collaboration to make your work environment a happier place for your employees and a better place to shop, eat, and do business. This training is for anyone who works with people. Sponsored by the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, free of charge with food and beverages.  Each date caps at 50, you must register. Friday, October 6th, 9 -11 am with coffee and breakfast goodies Tuesday, October 24th, 2-4 pm with snacks offered Tuesday, November 15th, 12-2 pm with lunch Location: Fruitdale Grange 1440 Parkdale Dr, Grants Pass, OR 97527 For more information and to register (scroll down below the shopping cart section to pick a date)

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Oregon Connections 2023 Conference (day 1)

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.    The conference has been held for the past 25 years and has moved around the State of Oregon, from La Grande, to Bend, to Newport, to Hood River, and now to Ashland.  Attendees include educators, government representatives,  internet service providers, municipalities, healthcare representatives, tribal nations, equipment vendors, etc. 2023 Theme – Broadband: Future-Proofing Oregon. Dates: October 26 & 27

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2023 Annual Oregon Economic Development Conference (day 1)

Each year, the state’s economic development community gathers at the Oregon Economic Development Association’s (OEDA) Annual Fall Conference. Attendees gain knowledge of the latest tools, programs, and connections to drive economic resiliency and growth in their communities.  This year’s conference will focus on Oregon’s “Trailblazer Economy”, highlighting innovative projects, tools, and initiatives that help create a diverse landscape of economic prosperity. The Fall Conference is also an opportunity to hear from public and private-sector leaders and honor excellence in economic development at the Economic Development Awards luncheon. Date: OCTOBER 8 (check-in), 9, and 10

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Oregon Summit on Wildfire Recovery (day 1)

Communities in Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Jackson, Clackamas, Klamath, Marion, and Douglas counties were devastated by the Labor Day wildfires of 2020. They all face years of recovery work. As we begin the fourth year of recovery from these wildfires, leaders, managers, and policymakers from across the state are gathering for this wildfire recovery summit to assess progress and learn from each other. Each affected community has approached recovery differently with varying levels of success, creating fertile ground for learning and significant opportunities to share lessons learned and improve efficiency swiftly by adjusting current practices. Attending the Summit requires a no-cost registration. Attendance will be capped at 175 people, so please register early to secure your seat. October 30 & 31 More information and register.

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Oregon Main Street Conference (day 1)

The 2023 conference theme is “Idea to Implementation”, which reflects the innovation happening in our Oregon Main Street organizations to think creatively about the issues and opportunities impacting their communities and then develop concrete programs and activities to bring about meaningful change. Dates: October 4, 5, and 6 Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes keynotes, interactive workshops, and networking time.  Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind conference! Who Should Attend: Staff and volunteers of organizations focusing on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, chamber of commerce professionals and volunteers, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference. More information and register.

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Connect 2 Oregon (C2)

This business networking event sponsored by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Small Business Development Center at SOU and RCC, will afford existing employers and those interested in starting their own business resources to help with finances, building capital, counseling, Government Contractor opportunities, and building relationships with government contract experts.  This will count as 4 CEU credits for contractors. Location: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center 101 S Bartlett St Medford, OR Sept 27, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm Lunch will be provided.

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Small Business Hub

The National Disability Institute’s Small Business Hub is a collaboration with over 40 organizations working together to help entrepreneurs and business owners with disabilities.

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Participate in Safe + Sound Week 2023: August 7-13

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. This year Safe + Sound Week will provide resources for businesses on mental health and well-being. These materials will be posted before the start of Safe + Sound Week.

Why Participate? Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

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RCC Small Business Management Program Offers Scholarships For Fall

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR – Small business owners in Southern Oregon have an opportunity to receive training and mentorship offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Rogue Community College (RCC).

The first 20 applicants accepted into the Small Business Management Program (SBM), with classes starting in the fall, will receive a scholarship that covers half of the tuition, a $300 value. The scholarship is made available through the RCC Board of Education.

For information on the SBM Program, please call 541-956-7494 or email Advisor Tim Busald at For general information, please call the RCC SBDC at 541-956-7494 or, for more information, visit:

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Rogue Business Connections

The Rogue Business Connections community on LinkedIn allows business and nonprofit leaders in the Rogue Valley to connect and share questions, resources and solutions to the challenges that many businesses face in our region.

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