Conference Focused on Rural Business Coming to Southern Oregon

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July 25, 2018Press Release


The 4th Annual Rural Business and Innovation Summit is scheduled for September 13th, 2018 in Klamath Falls and will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in rural communities. The one day conference features topics on social media marketing, retail strategies, talent attraction/retention, and cybersecurity.

“We couldn’t find any conferences on the West coast that focused on the unique rural business environment, so we started one,” said Heather Tramp, Executive Director of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce. She points out that while some topics are relevant no matter where the business is located, there are circumstances and nuances in a rural area that business owners in urban areas don’t deal with.


To plan the conference, Tramp and other event planners reach out to speakers that understand those differences between urban/rural and can offer practical, useful information to help businesses grow. For example, this year, Aaron Orendorff, Editor in Chief of Shopify Plus, will be speaking and sharing a true story of a business that grew from a small rural community and is now a multi-million dollar business. “We want to inspire business owners to dream big and imagine the opportunities that exist in rural America,” said Tramp.

Another speaker, Don Macke, co-founder of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and co-author of the book “Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities,” will be speaking about retaining and attracting talent and the younger generation. Macke has devoted years specifically researching business ownership and entrepreneurship in rural areas. “We’re thankful to the local Small Business Development Center and the Klamath IDEA for helping bring Mr. Macke to our event,” says Rachael Spoon, State Farm agent and Chamber board president.


Business owners, entrepreneurs, startups, and community leaders are encouraged to attend and will come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and discover best practices that provide a competitive edge and lead to thriving business in rural areas.  “We hope the Summit inspire business owners to take advantage of opportunities for growth,” says Tramp.

The event will be held at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Tickets for the Summit are on sale now and can be purchased through the event’s website at or by calling the Chamber at (541) 884-5193. Tickets are $99 for Chamber members, $149 for non-Chamber members. The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is extending the special Chamber member pricing for those who are members of any Chamber.

In addition to registering, the Chamber is offering exhibitor space at the event which is expected to attract around 130 attendees. The application for exhibitor space can be found online at

For more information on the Summit, contact the Chamber at 541-884-5193.

Press release provided from the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce.

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