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FREE Personal Protective Equipment Distributed to Local Businesses in Jackson County

December 9, 2020

Jackson County EOC & Business Oregon Partner to get PPE distributed to Businesses Event date: 12/9/2020 7:30 AM – 12/16/2020 9:30 AM Event Location: Jackson County Expo Business Oregon and the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have set up a depot to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Jackson County Businesses to help curb the current…

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“All Children are equal in the saddle!”

December 8, 2020

HOPE Equestrian Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.  HOPE began in the Rogue Valley in 1988 and has been in operation since 1994.  Each year HOPE provides services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities.  We work with families and professionals…

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Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson and Josephine Counties

December 8, 2020

Applications for this new “Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant” (“SOCARES”) fund may be accessed through SOREDI, which has contracted as grant administrator for both counties. These new grant funds are available in all 36 Oregon counties through a $55 million allocation made by the State of Oregon. These funds are intended to be equally accessible to…

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Southern Oregon University recognized for doing well in conversion to remote coursework

December 8, 2020

SOU was recognized by the rankings website niche.com as one of “Eleven Schools That Did Online Learning Well This Spring.” Universities that made the list were from all parts of the U.S., but SOU was the only one mentioned from the West Coast. “We used the Moodle platform as well as Zoom call platforms to…

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People’s Bank of Commerce (Medford) and Willamette Community Bank (Albany) have announced a merger.

December 8, 2020

Note : I proudly serve on the board of People’s Bank and offered to include the shareholder mailing about the merger in this months journal. This is not a solicitation or recommendation to any shareholders. It’s just a story and insert (by a sponsor of the Southern Oregon Business Journal – I’d do the same…

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The Staff at the Jackson County Expo are some of the unsung heroes in the Almeda Fire.

November 6, 2020

When Helen Funk arrived at the expo on September 8, she knew it was mowing day. Since COVID shutdown the expo in March, she had laid off maintenance staff and the job of grounds upkeep fell to her. She learned how to safely drive the tractor and mow the lawns. As she was mowing, she…

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Willamette Community Bank to Merge With People’s Bank of Commerce

November 6, 2020

People’s Bank of Commerce (OTCPK: PBCO) (“PBCO” or the “Company”), and Willamette Community Bank (OTCPK: WMCB), headquartered in Albany, Oregon, announced the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Willamette Community Bank will merge with and into People’s Bank of Commerce.  Highlights of the Announced Transaction  Pro forma assets of approximately $710 million  4th largest bank…

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SOREDI Seeks Applications from Rural Entrepreneurs and Companies for its 2020 Southern Oregon Rural Startup Challenge

November 6, 2020

SOREDI is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its inaugural Southern Oregon Rural Startup Challenge, providing up to $60,000 in capital investments by December 31 to rural startups and companies seeking expansion capital. SOREDI, which has facilitated the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network for numerous years, has created a seed fund for…

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Fire Information Website Launched to Help Rogue Valley Residents Rebuild

October 9, 2020

A new website for official wildfire recovery information is now available at RogueValleyRebuilds.org.  Aimed at those affected by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, it brings together information from multiple organizations involved in the rebuilding effort. “Recovering from these fires is a regional challenge.  The County and affected Cities can’t do it individually, and the State and…

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“Talent and Phoenix are gone Jim”

October 1, 2020

I live in Ashland and was working when the fires broke out, from my home office, as were all my employees at Project A, because of COVID and we are programmers and engineers, so working from home is easy. I first found out about the fire via a Facebook alert. Over the next several days,…

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In the wake of a natural disaster or crisis, it’s not uncommon for someone to turn to GoFundMe. 

October 1, 2020

I sent an email to GoFundMe asking about donations after the fire and this is their reply. — Jim I’d like to start off by saying that our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the devastating wildfires in southern Oregon and across the state. When the fires first broke out, the GoFundMe Trust & Safety Team…

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“Mommy, are we going to die today?”

October 1, 2020

Heidi Lee Harless used to work for me many years ago. We are still friends and I’m proud of the work she does in our community. She wrote this post on FB on 9/14 and I cried when I read it. I got her permission to share it here and include some of the photos…

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