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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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Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Getting Started Guide for Senior Managers

Senior managers can make a difference when it comes to helping their supervisors and workers manage stress. This guide aims to help them engage with their staff on the topics of workplace stress, mental health, and substance use. For many senior managers, the idea of even approaching these topics may be uncharted territory and may make them think they are invading their workers’ privacy. However, addressing these important topics head on will help strengthen your organization.

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Restoring and Extending Overtime Protections

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) announced a final rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees, which will take effect on July 1, 2024. The final rule updates and revises the regulations issued under section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees. Revisions include increases to the standard salary level and the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold, and a mechanism that provides for the timely and efficient updating of these earnings thresholds to reflect current earnings data.

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Virtual Agricultural Seminar for Employers and Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will hold a 2024 Virtual Agricultural Seminar to provide guidance on federal requirements governing agricultural employment for growers, farmers, shippers, contractors, farm labor contractors, buyers and agricultural workers nationwide. Presented in coordination with other agencies and stakeholders, the virtual seminar will focus on federal laws and regulations governing agricultural employment and include discussions on the H-2A temporary agricultural program, Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and Office of Foreign Labor Certification. March 28, 7:30 am – 3 pm (PST) For more information and a link to register.

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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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Form I-9 & E-Verify: Hot Topics – Real Answers

During this 30 Minutes of Excellence Session, presenters will discuss the most current Form I-9 and address many areas including common mistakes made while completing the I-9, how the I-9 can be completed on a new hire before they start working for pay, along with best practices for reviewing and copying documents, making corrections, reverifying documents and what to do if you’re missing an I-9. In addition, we will also discuss E-Verify, the free web-based service and a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).  This one-of-a-kind system allows enrolled employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their new hires.  At the federal level, E-Verify is voluntary for most users although mandatory, with various legislative requirements, in over 20 states and for a host of federal contractors.  During this session we’ll review recent changes and updates in E-Verify, the earliest you can create an E-Verify case, how to handle a mismatch case along with ‘good-to-know’ best practices.  We’ll wrap up the session with an exciting preview of E-Verify’s future – NextGen.

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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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2024 Careers in Geer call for Employers

2024 Careers in Gear, April 25, 9 am – 2 pm will be returning to the Jackson County Expo, spanning two buildings and outside options. This annual spring event is an opportunity to capture youth job seekers moving into the workforce after school/graduation.  Show off your business and COOLEST jobs.  Employers can accept applications on the spot! Approximately 2000 high school Students will be in attendance. Day prior setup available. Registration: $125.00 includes draped booth & 2 lunches. Sponsorship options also available.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Josephine County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Smith River Complex Fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Smith River Complex Fire that began Aug. 15. The loans include California and Oregon (Josephine, and Curry Counties).   For information visit the SBA Smith Fire website (https://www.sba.gov/article/2023/11/06/sba-offers-disaster-assistance-california-small-businesses-economically-impacted-smith-river-complex).   Your local SBDC-RCC may be able to help you navigate this opportunity/eligibility (https://www.roguecc.edu/SBDC/).   Deadline is August 6, 2024.

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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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