Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Thoughts on Proclamations

By Codi Spodnik | January 9, 2019

What is a Proclamation, exactly? I had not given much weight or credence to the word proclamation before. Webster says it’s “a public or official announcement, especially one dealing with a matter of great importance.” Of great importance. We may all have something of great importance to announce at some time or another; a promotion, […]

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Business Oregon Offers $100,000 Grant Opportunity

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2019

Business Oregon is offering an enhanced Phase 0 Grant and calling for proposals by Friday, February 1, 2019. Grants of up to $100,000 will be provided to Oregon companies commercializing promising science and research that aligns with Oregon InC’s targeted industry sectors: active lifestyle, advanced manufacturing, natural resources, life science applications, advanced materials, and clean […]

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Amazon.com Executive to Share the Secret to Managing Millennials and Delivering Everything on Time

By Codi Spodnik | January 2, 2019

We know you’ve been wondering: How does Amazon do it?! They keep growing in service lines and capacity. They keep delivering reliability and convenience, offering new options before customers even demand it. How is this possible? Are they using any smart methods that might apply to your business? Senior Principle Engineer, John Darrow, has grown […]

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Global Expert to Speak on Attracting Quality Workforce

By Codi Spodnik | December 26, 2018

We all know that one of the top considerations at the forefront of a relocation decision is workforce. Does Southern Oregon have the available workforce to attract the kind of companies that we are hoping to grow here? At SOREDI, it is our goal to attract and cultivate the kinds of companies that will export […]

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LAUNCH Focus – Building the Perfect Pitch Deck (and some common mistakes to avoid)!

By Codi Spodnik | December 19, 2018

At every stage in the entrepreneurial journey, the ability to build a killer pitch deck is an essential part of everyone’s skillset. While the standard, long-form business plan document can be useful to help you figure out every detail of an existing or potential business, the reality is that few people will take the time […]

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LAUNCH Focus – What Does A Venture Catalyst Do Anyway?!

By Codi Spodnik | December 11, 2018

Welcome to the first in a regular weekly article by Venture Catalyst, Alex Palmer, focused on SOREDI’s LAUNCH initiative. Alex will provide useful tips/ content/ stories/knowledge to help entrepreneurs, start-ups or anyone running a company in Southern Oregon. Starting close to home, you may wonder what a Venture Catalyst does anyway, so here goes. First […]

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Rogue Community College SBDC Announces New Business Advisor

By Codi Spodnik | November 28, 2018

RCC Small Business Development Center Director, Ron Goss, is pleased to announce that recently retired banker, Deelia Warner, has joined the RCC SBDC’s business advising team. “Deelia is a well-respected member of our local community and offers a wealth of banking, business assistance, and personal relationship experience with many of our businesses and community leaders […]

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SOREDI Hosts 2019 SOBC: Igniting Innovation: Building High Impact Communities

By SOREDI | November 27, 2018

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) will host their 16th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference (SOBC) on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Registration begins at 12:30 pm. Held at Inn at the Commons in Medford, this conference seeks to unite municipal partners, educators and private sector business leaders to cultivate […]

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SOREDI Announces Braun Brush Company Facility in Ashland

By SOREDI | November 8, 2018

Medford OR – Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. is proud to announce the move of Braun Brush Company from Brentwood, CA to Ashland, OR. Established in 1875, Braun Brush Company is a family owned and operated company with four generations, operating continuously for 143 years. Braun Brush Company has corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations […]

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ICYMI: Small Banking in a Big Bank World

By Codi Spodnik | November 7, 2018

In case you missed it, Jefferson Public Radio’s Geoffrey Riley did this lovely interview with Ken Trautman, President of our community partner, People’s Bank. People’s Bank has very generously offered SOREDI shared office space in their building on the corner of Barnett and Highland. Please come by and visit our new office on the 3rd […]

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