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  • 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

  • March 31, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Microsoft Excel for Business-Next Level

    Excel for Business ~ the NEXT LEVEL taught by one of the top trainers nationally, Rob Hambleton. Rob's real life Excel knowledge and easy training style makes him THE choice in learning new skill, tools and tips and tricks to streamline your Excel skills to MAXIMIZE your time.

    In business the saying is, "Time is MONEY", Excel for Business ~ the NEXT LEVEL is designed to save you time and money with skills that increase your knowledge and efficiency.

    Topics Covered Include:
    Advanced Options
    Range Names
    More Functions
    Function Nesting
    Linking Data
    Data Validation
    Data Management
    Pivot Tables
    Security Settings
    And Much More

    Learn faster and retain more with our proven training system without computers or your money back.

    Excel for Business ~ the NEXT LEVEL 

    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    8:00 am - Noon

    Club Northwest
      2160 NW Vine Street
    Grants Pas, Oregon 97562

    Soul Canyon Training & Development
    Training That Actually Works!

    Only $97

    Enter the code :SOUL and save $20 at check out



  • March 10, 2016 5:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    WESO member and photographer, Mary Wilkins-Kelly, will give you a deal on professional headshot mini- sessions during the WESO Showcase on Mar. 10. The fee is only $30 and includes 2 full-resolution digital images. Any attendee or member who likes Mary's Facebook page at StudioMWK will receive an additional photo with their purchase. This is a great way for someone to get an updated headshot for their Facebook or LinkedIn profile photo, website, business card or resume.

  • March 09, 2016 6:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    The Southern Oregon Bookkeepers Association is holding their annual Fraud Prevention event on March 9th.

    This event is FREE and open to the public. It's particularly useful for business owners and non-profit board members, as this education is important to running a healthy organization.

    See flyer for more information.

    Register at www.sobookkeepers.org/event/preventfraud2016

  • February 02, 2016 7:02 PM | Anonymous

    Got Customer Service?

    Do YOUR Customers sing your praise or complain?
    Do YOUR Customers come back or are they trying out your COMPETITION?
    Did you know it can cost up to 30 times more to get a new customer than to keep the one you ALREADY HAVE?

    Providing EXCELLENT Customer Service 

    the Soul Canyon Way!

    February 2, 2016 8am - noon
    TapRock Event Center 940 SE 7th St, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

    In this Highly Interactive Training you will learn:

    The Essential skills YOU need to keep your customers HAPPY and singing your PRAISE!
    The PEOPLE skills you can use to read your customer and give them the service THEY want!
    Ways to increase team cohesiveness and collaborations to make your work environment a happier place for your employees and a better place to shop, eat and do business!

    ONLY $97

    enter the code: SOUL for $20 off with early registration TODAY!

  • December 03, 2015 12:15 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Lunch, Learn and Launch: Mobile Technology Made Simple

    Come to the Small Business Development Center's free lunchtime seminar series on December 3rd, 12:15 pm at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St, Medford. This month,

    • Learn how to take payments, invoice customers, and make deposits from mobile services
    • Increase productivity by getting work done more accurately and efficiently
    • Manage the HUGE amount of instant data and become less overwhelmed

    The speakers are Frank Brannen and Lani McClure.

    Frank is the business development manager and Lani is the sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Medford. They also teach local business owners how to mobilize their businesses through mobile invoicing and Square along with many other cutting-edge technologies. Their goal is for entrepreneurs to fully utilize mobile technology that cuts down on administration tasks, that increases work balance, and is ultimately more fun.


    The SOU Small Business Development Center (SOU SBDC) provides in-depth, confidential, one-on-one guidance to businesses and prospective entrepreneurs at no fee. They can help you gather information and evaluate, plan, and create systems for your business that lead to greater profit, job creation, and job retention.

    Call 541.552.8300 for more information 

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