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  • July 05, 2023 3:43 PM | Roslyn Donald (Administrator)

    SCORE Library Night: Meet a Business Mentor 

    Date: Tues., July 18 
    Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm 
    Location: Medford Library 

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Questions?  Contact Roslyn Donald, Business Librarian, at 541-734-3992 or

    Learn More 

  • April 19, 2023 9:30 AM | Danielle Seay

    Members of WESO are invited to Medford Cowork Collective for a free week of coworking. 

    Yep, a whole WEEK!

    Come hang with a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and remote workers, test drive our productivity zones, and enjoy all the bottomless craft coffee you can drink!

    Choose your free week here!

  • April 10, 2023 4:03 PM | Roslyn Donald (Administrator)

    Join us for Resilient Reads, Jackson County's only (as far as I know) business-oriented book club!

    April's book is: 

    The Culture Map:  Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, by Erin Meyer.

    Skimming is fine.  You do not have to read the whole book.

    Date:  April 19
    Time:  5:30-6:30 pm
    Location:  Medford CoWork Collective

    Register here

    Questions?  Ping Roslyn at or 541-734-3992

  • April 10, 2023 2:19 PM | Mary Fitzsimmons (Administrator)

    I'm Mary Fitzsimmons, WESO President and Business Coach at Go Rogue Business Consulting. I'm really excited for my next Elite Business Mastermind. I have a few spots left.

    Imagine where you could take your business with: 

    -8 weeks of COACHING

    -Support from other entrepreneurs who keep you ACCOUNTABLE to you goals

    -Inspiration to put more FOCUS and ENERGY into your business than ever before

    My next Elite Business Mastermind starts in ONE WEEK and I have a 20% off code for anyone in this group. Includes 8 hours of IN-PERSON group coaching, weekly video and text check-ins and more! 

    Learn more here:Elite Business Mastermind

    Save 20% CODE: togetherwecan 

    Please share the link with anyone awesome that’s ready to take their business to the next level. Email me with any questions.

  • March 14, 2023 2:02 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County (The Chamber) has partnered with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to provide grants to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts. The Southern Oregon Strong Business Success Grant Program is intended to provide direct payments to businesses in Oregon House District #4 who have or are currently experiencing losses due to the impact of COVID-19.

    The program will cover revenue losses such as utility expenses, utility payments, mortgage and rent arrears, and other expenses to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19. Funds are allocated out of the US Treasury’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) as part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants. The Chamber will award eligible small businesses up to $50,000 in funds.

    To qualify, a business must be designated as a small business (per federal statue, that means no more than 500 employees) and their primary place of business must be located in Oregon House District #4 boundaries that were in effect prior to the 2021 legislative redistricting changes.

    Please review the Responding to Negative Economic Impacts - Assistance to Small Businesses section of the SLFRF Overview of the Final Rule for more information about how these funds can be utilized.


    The application period will be open from March 15, 2023, through April 26, 2023. Once the application period is closed, The Chamber will review all eligible applicants and determine grant awards. Applicants will be notified of the selection results starting on May 17, 2023.


    In order to receive funds through this grant program, applicants will be prescreened to ensure they are compliant with federal and state guidelines. The Chamber reserves the right to reject applications not meeting federal and state requirements, or to request additional documentation showing eligibility, or if an application is not complete. The applications will be screened as follows:
    • Is the applicant in good standing with federal and state entities?
    • Did they demonstrate the negative impact(s) caused by COVID-19?
    • Is the applicant receiving a duplicate benefit from other sources for the same Covid-19 related revenue loss?
    • Is the organization located in Oregon House District #4 and/or serving community members that reside specifically in that district?


    • Complete Grant Application
    • 2019, 2020, and 2021 (if available) Federal Income Tax Return documenting business income and loss
    • Budget documentation to show how you will allocate the funding

  • March 09, 2023 12:27 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Want to let others know about your business events, sales or other news of interest to the local business community?

    First, login to your WESO account. Then, select the "About Us" tab and select "WESO News Blog" to add your post. It's easy and posting is only available to WESO members.

    If you want to add a link, make sure to select the link icon.

  • March 08, 2023 12:03 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    International Women's Day is March 8 so let's celebrate how we are part of the international women's community.

    This year's theme is Embrace Equity.

    Learn more at

  • January 08, 2023 3:16 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.

    --Whoopi Goldberg

  • January 07, 2023 3:47 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    The Jackson County Library has databases, courses and other resources to help you and your business.

    The library can help with:

    Developing a new business or nonprofit
    Working through challenges of a current business or nonprofit
    Planning a grant seeking strategy
    Locating job-seeking resources

    Check out the available services or make an appointment with a librarian at: Library Business Resources.

  • January 06, 2023 6:42 AM | Danielle Seay

    Join us in-person for connective conversation around this book. The event and book copies are free but registration is required. Register here!

    Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others―freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

    Resilient Reads is a book group for business owners and professionals in the community presented in collaboration with SOREDI and Jackson County Library Services. Each quarter, we will select a book to read and then meet to discuss the book and other ideas. Books will be provided at no cost in partnership with local donors. Register for the event to pick up your book.

    Not a big reader? No worries. Choose a chapter or section that speaks to you and come enjoy the conversation! You can also check the Libby app to borrow audiobooks from JCLS.

    Copies of Drop the Ball will be available for pickup at Medford Cowork Collective front desk and can be picked up Monday - Thursday between 9 AM and 1 PM

    If you are looking for a library copy, find them here. There are ebook and audiobook copies available as well!

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