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T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training led by motivating leaders in small business development. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined revolutionizes the rich history of executive-level training for small businesses poised for growth.

This training is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
Have been in business for at least three years
Have at least one employee, other than self

The training is free through the SBA.

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Establish a Professional Domain, Website, & Email for Your Business

If you’re curious about bringing your existing business online, or you’re just starting a business and want to know where to begin, it all starts with a domain: your online address and home on the web. In this special Grow with Google workshop for International Small Business Week, they will discuss the benefits of owning a domain, helpful web terms to know, and how to get the most out of your domain with free or low-cost tools like email forwarding, search reports, and more. Plus, attendees will get a special offer for Google Domains.

The workshop will be available for viewing after the presentation date. June 28, 2022, 10 am – 11 pm PST

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Live Venue Grants (deadline for application May 16th)

Business Oregon is providing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds to support live event venue operators and live event producers/presenters negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Live venues can include (though not limited to):

• Ticketed live events (music, cultural, and/or community)
• Museums with earned revenue from hosting live events
• Fairgrounds owned and/or operated by non-municipal organizations
• Cultural venues operated by a federally recognized Indian Tribes based in Oregon, including live performance or event venues on casino grounds
• Tradeshows
• Special event rental venues
• Fair and festivals
• Rodeos

Please visit the Business Oregon website for additional information including ineligible venues.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is May 16th (4:59 pm).

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Layoff Aversion Funds (Jackson and Josephine County)

Applications must be received by May 20. 

For businesses looking for help averting layoffs, the Rogue Workforce Partnership can provide Layoff Aversion Funds to help retain impacted workers.
Visit the Online Application or
read more on Uses and Restrictions for the funds.

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Fire Hardening Grants – Business and Homes

The long-awaited Fire Hardening Grants are now available to those whose home or business was lost or damaged in the 2020 wildfires.

This is an opportunity to “Build Back Better”! You may be eligible to receive more than $6,000 in money (including reimbursement) for fire hardening of your home or business. With $5.7 million dollars available to residents of Jackson County and 155 applicants to date, millions of dollars of funding remain for those who are facing an expensive rebuild. 

Here’s the link to apply:

Here is the full list of fire-hardening improvements eligible for funding:

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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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