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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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  • January 18, 2017 5:03 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    We have some fantastic news! We've created a NEW Members Only Facebook group as a way to help our members connect with each other. Members can share information about their businesses with each other. Please post sales, updates, photos, and interesting articles, whatever you want to share with our members! The WESO Board will monitor this group, but there is no authorization needed to post within the group once a member has been added. Only active members of WESO will be added to this group.
    To join in the member fun:

    As a way to serve our community and possible members, we also have a WESO Business Page. WESO will share upcoming events, interesting articles, interactive posts, as well as events that we think will benefit our followers. Please take a moment to LIKE our business page and FOLLOW our posts. Then, SHARE our business page with your friends!

    To stay connected with WESO and our community:

  • September 29, 2016 4:39 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

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    2017 WLC Conference
    Date: May 12, 2017   

    Venue: Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites


     Conference Theme

    Lead With Purpose: Realize Your Passion and Potential


    Call for Speaker Proposals Is Now Open


     We Want Your Session on the Agenda!

    Get more information and submit a session proposal here.

    Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2016.

  • July 14, 2016 8:30 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    ODOT Intermodal Civil Rights is hosting a FREE event in Medford to connect businesses with local transit agencies and public works departments.  When the panelists have been confirmed (soon) an agenda will be available at the registration site (RSVP is not mandatory).  The Transit and Public Works panelists will talk about what their agency/department does and any upcoming projects.  The businesses are encouraged to ask questions; how do they learn about the projects, respond and possibly get the work?

    Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties Transits and Public Works will be sharing business opportunities as noted above and below.  DAS will share how businesses can utilize the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) to gain opportunities for their businesses.  The Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) will be sharing how free certification gives businesses a more visible profile and other benefits.  G-CAP will be sharing information regarding State and Federal government contracting as well. Doing business with Transit and Public Works includes construction, service providers, product providers, graphic design, architects and engineers, tree cutters, planning, landscaping, drug/alcohol screening, etc.  Opportunities range from getting on a list to receive a “3 quote” call to submitting a RFP on ORPIN.

    Click HERE for a detailed flyer about the event and location.

  • June 22, 2016 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    Marketing Learning Lab: Going Deep into your Marketing Strategy & Tactics.
    The What, Why, How, When & Where of Building Your Marketing Success.

    Conducted by Ginger Johnson, Marketing Expert, Coach & Consultant

    Join us Wednesday June 22nd from 1 – 4 pm for a 3 hour ask-all-the-questions-you-want in-depth Marketing class.

    Extreme Value priced for the first 10 reserved seats at only $100 (crazy, I know!!!). We’ll have room for up to 15, attendees 11 – 15 = $199.

    Interactive, open discussion format on all things marketing, following an agenda.

    Location: Immortal Spirits, Medford (call me to give one in your neighborhood – have Lab, will travel)

    Call me today by June 17th to save your seat (payment required in advance to save your seats). 515.450.7757

    Thanks & See you soon!


  • June 21, 2016 9:00 AM | Linda Powell

    Join the SOU Small Business Development Center for the second workshop in our professional development series Fueling Up!, "Everything is Possible with Marketing" presented by local entrepreneur and marketing guru Ginger Johnson. Learn how to understand, value, & apply the essentials of marketing principals, identify your target market customer base and how to best reach them, and decide which social media platforms are for you. There is a $75 cost for this workshop, but scholarships are available.

    For more info or to register, visit our website or call our office at (541) 552-8300. We look forward to seeing you!

    Brought to you by the SOU Small Business Development Center and sponsored through a generous donation by Umpqua Bank.

  • May 18, 2016 5:48 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    We are collecting contributions for Dunn House Shelter in May and June. In addition, WESO will match contributions up to $250 for this time period.

    Help us fund a worthy cause and one near to the hearts of WESO members and friends.

    Community Works - Dunn House Shelter 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.

    Please contribute so that we help meet these critical needs of women in our community. Your contribution will DOUBLE with the WESO match. We've already collected $95 so help us reach our goal.

    Click here for more information about the Dunn House Shelter.

  • April 21, 2016 3:14 PM | Deleted user
    Sustainable Valley is now accepting applications for our 12-Week Fall Accelerator. We guide companies through short-term and long-term strategy allowing entrepreneurs to focus their energy where it is most effective. Using weekly workshops and one-on-one mentoring, our program mixes accountability with expert guidance to give our entrepreneurs the supportive atmosphere they need to grow their business. 

    Please contact rosetta@svtg.org with questions or visit our website to fill out a preliminary application.

  • April 01, 2016 8:58 AM | Deleted user

    WESO members! It was a pleasure meeting you at the WESO Showcase. Click here for info on the apps our Women in Action Chapter recommends for your business to get better organized and have fun learning in addition to our business solution offerings. We are happy to visit you to better understand your business and how U.S. Cellular can enhance your mobile technology with one-on-one consultations or group presentations. Topics include business solutions to networking 101 and women's empowerment workshops. If interested, please email Kathleen Holtschneider at Kathleen.holtschneider@uscellular.com, Marketing and Chair for Women in Action Affinity Network Group, U.S. Cellular.

  • March 31, 2016 9:00 AM | Linda Powell

    The SOU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a new workshop series called Fueling Up! for businesses that have been in operation for at least one year. These workshops have been custom designed for the Rogue Valley business community where the area’s uniqueness, including economic climate, culture, as well as local and tourist demographics, have been taken into account.

    The first workshop is on March 31 from 9am to 12pm at the Higher Education Center in downtown Medford, where Donnie Maclurcan will present “Create a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign.” Popular sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo remain a mystery to many and entrepreneurs want to know how to create a campaign that stands out from the many thousands of others trying to secure funding. Donnie has raised over $100,000 with crowdfunding and he will demonstrate proven strategies that he used during his campaigns.

    The subsequent workshops will include: “Everything is Possible with Marketing” by Ginger Johnson, “The Power of Publicity (How to get ink, air, and face time in the media)” by Lisa Manyon, and “Understanding Financials for the Everyday Business Person” by Jack Vitacco and Russ Kennedy.

    There is a $75 cost per workshop or $225 for the series. Through the generous sponsorship of Umpqua Bank, limited scholarships are available.

    For more information, call 541-552-8300 or register online at sou.edu/sbdc/fuelingup.html

    The SOU SBDC is partially funded by the Small Business Administration and the Oregon Business Development Department. In-depth and confidential no-cost business advising services as well as affordable workshops, presentations, and access to business resources are available.

    More Information

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