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A great place to learn more about what's going on with WESO and WESO members' businesses!

Members Only - post news about your business, such as new products, sales, or special events. Also, give testimonials about other WESO members' businesses and how they have helped you.

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  • November 27, 2018 11:40 AM | Christine (Tina) Matiyow-Hoff

    Hi All!

    I am a new member of this organization!  I opened my business on October 27!  

    I wanted to share that I am running a Christmas Special - purchase 4 Blu Room sessions for $100 (must be used within 30 days).  This is a $260 value!

    You may be asking...What is the Blu Room?

    The Blu Room is an octagon-shaped room with a totally mirrored (reflective) surface - top to bottom and all sides!  We incorporate soft narrow-band ultra violet blue light, music, the octagon shape and the reflective surface to place the user in a a specific atmosphere.  This atmosphere is a creative vortex of frequency and vibration, which promotes detachment and oneness.  Time ceases to exist within this atmosphere.  This allows your brain to rest and your body to heal!  You get to relax, rejuvenate and regenerate!  Try it today!  458-226-2026

    Merry Christmas!

  • November 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Check out this free workshop from the SOU Small Business Development Center to make sure you've got all your bases covered.

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    12/18 - 10:00 to 11:00 AM


    1/11 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM

    1/22 - 10:00 to 11:00 AM

    2/8 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM


    Get the important information you need to know before you start or grow your business. This 1-hour
     free orientation provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed. All materials will be provided. The only thing you need to bring are your questions! Space is limited! Click here for more information or to register!

    Topics include:

    • SBDC Services - Tools, resources and services.
    • Feasibility - Evaluating your business idea and doing the research.
    • Legal Structures - Which one is right for you and your business?
    • Registration & Licensing - State and Local Rules, Regulations and Licensing Requirements.
    • Business Plan Basics - Where to start with writing your business plan. 

    All meetings are held in room 130A at RCC/SOU HEC 101 S Bartlett Street in Medford (cross streets are 8th and Riverside)

    You must pre-register as class size is limited.

  • October 01, 2018 12:27 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)


    October's Domestic Violence Awareness month is a way to educate and connect in our community around the efforts to end domestic violence.

    For more information on local events, find Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence on Facebook at facebook.com/JCoDVAM.

    Also, WESO supports our local Community Works - Dunn House Shelter which provides a safe refuge and support services for women and children to help them escape from domestic or sexual abuse, stalking, trafficking and date violence.  Adults with or without children who are in fear from their intimate partner or family member may need to stay in a safe place while figuring out a longer term plan for safety, or have time to rest and learn about options.

    Dunn House Shelter is a large home where several families reside. Food, clothing, and personal care items are provided and the services are free and confidential. Children at Dunn House Shelter have a safe place to play, to spend time with their mothers and to be involved in age appropriate activities. Advocates work with families to provide information, referrals to community services, and needed support.

    To find out more and make a donation, go to Community Works - Dunn House Shelter.

  • August 31, 2018 2:42 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Come to the sixteenth annual Rogue Valley Business Resource Forum, a free information event for small business owners and those thinking about becoming entrepreneurs. This is a special opportunity to get free consultations and attend seminars on topics critical to small businesses. Information booths will be staffed by representatives from banking, insurance, and government as well as local trade organizations. WESO will be there!

    Get more information or register HERE.

    Volunteers are also needed to help before and during the event.

    They need help with:

    • Assembling packets of information for attendees   
    • Decorating
    • Guiding Exhibitors to their tables for setup
    • Monitoring rooms and gathering presentation evaluations
    • Helping presenters
    • Greeting attendees at the welcome/registration table
    If you are interested, contact the Small Business Development Center at sbdc@sou.edu

    Include "Volunteer Interest - Forum 2018" in the subject line and your preferred task(s) and a little about you, with any relevant skills or previous volunteer work.


  • August 16, 2018 10:48 AM | Joyce Crain (Administrator)

    Hello, WESO Members, we have 3 Business Spotlight months available.  It costs $20.00 and can be paid online but you must reserve it in advance with me (Joyce Crain). You get your own 6 ft table to display your business, talk for 10 minutes before the speaker and can put information on each table to advertise.  Great advertising opportunity!!!

    Three dinner meetings in 2019:

    Apr 11

    May 9

    June 13

    *** please note September's networking event is Sept 20th AND February's is Feb 7th a change from our normal 2nd Thursday evenings.

    *** the Expo next year is March 9th, a Saturday 12p - 4p. Members can sign up early. Watch the website. (Vendor set up will start at 8:30am)

    See you all at the September networking event. Fun games and ice breakers. Bring a friend.

    Joyce




  • August 02, 2018 4:30 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    YPN's mission is to connect, develop and empower Young Professionals across Southern Oregon to become the region's future business leaders.

    If you are passionate about making an impact on our community and your career, please join us for the next opportunity to connect with like-minded peers. Bring a guest and plenty of business cards for networking, light food, and fun!

    Our focus is on helping individuals aging 21 - 40(ish). Drinks will be available for purchase.

    Brought to you by: The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County YPN Committee, True South Solar, The Southern Oregon Poker Club & SkyOak Financial

    Watch for more details on this event or go to http://web.medfordchamber.com/events

  • July 19, 2018 12:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    It's All About The Sales,

    'Bout the Sales

    Whether you are selling yourself, your business concept, products, or services, it's all about the sales. Join past SOU SBDC director Jack Vitacco as he presents "Essential Selling Skills" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. No charge to attend.

    Location: Southern Oregon University SBDC, Higher Education Center Room 132, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford

    REGISTER

  • June 08, 2018 1:13 PM | Joyce Crain (Administrator)

    Hello, I have joined the Plexus team to meet my goal of weight loss and get healthier numbers on my blood tests. 

    Plexus has various products that can help you what ever your goals might be. See my website plexusworldwide.com/joyceacrain and let me know if I can help in any way with information. joycecrain14@gmail.com

    See you at the dinner meeting next week.

    Joyce Crain

  • May 23, 2018 7:00 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    2018 Governor’s Marketplace | Southern Oregon Edition (Josephine County)

    The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action is delighted to announce a local edition of the Governor’s Marketplace to support Oregon small businesses.

    They have partnered with the Secretary of State, Department of Administrative Services and the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, to bring opportunities for businesses to meet directly with procurement professionals from state, federal, private and non-profit organizations who will share tips, tools, resources and strategies to aid in business growth, more successfully navigate contracting processes and nurture ongoing relationships.

    They give a warm thank you to Oregon SBDC and Taprock Events Center for hosting the day. Also, a thank you to the sponsors who bring this edition at no cost to you!

    All businesses within the state of Oregon are welcome. These events are held in different parts of the state solely to make the resources available to all.

    REGISTER

    Date: May 23, 2018

    Time: 7:30am to 1:00pm (Check in begins at 7:00am)

    Location: Taprock Events Center - 940 SE 7th Street, Grants Pass OR 97526

    NEW! Earn CE Credits. Through partnership with CCB, Contractors can now earn up to 4 CE credits for attending this event. If you only attend certain portions, your earned CE credits will reflect the hours of participation.


    Agenda

    Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

    REGISTER

    Questions? Please contact Eloisa Miller, Economic & Business Equity Manager at eloisa.miller@oregon.gov


  • May 11, 2018 7:45 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)
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    745: AM to 6:00 PM

    Ashland Hills Hotel, 2525 Ashland St, Ashland, OR

    Register for a powerful day filled with passionate keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and panel workshops which offer a variety of topics designed to meet all levels of leadership—from those you are currently undertaking, as well as challenges you may face in the near future.

    Thought leaders and co-creators gather together for an entire day to inspire and be inspired, to move and be moved, at our annual Women’s Leadership Conference of Southern Oregon (WLCofSO). Guest keynote speakers and breakout sessions focus on a particular theme, providing engaging content for attendees to share and champion.

    This year, we tackle Leadership in Action. Each keynote speaker and breakout session topic is intended to invoke action. We invite you to consider in a word what motivates you to take action in achieving your goals. What word represents what you want to manifest over the next 12 months? If you don’t yet know, we invite you to attend the conference to discover your word and see what unfolds!

    This event always fills up early so check it out and register now.

    https://www.womensleadershipconference.net/conference/sessions/

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