Sponsored by Waste Management
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Uniting communities through government contracting opportunities & resources
In this session you will be introduced to:
Expert panelists include:
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Google Workshop-Grow Your Business Online
This high-level workshop covers three very simple things a business can do right now to help their local business grow online. Learn the basics of how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence with methods like search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising.
WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:
The workshop concludes with bonus tools, including:
Nick Wiley, Business Advisor and Instructor with the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and an official Google City Partner
Sponsored by Klamath Community College Small Business Development Center
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lean can drive serious cost out of your operation, reduce your cycle time dramatically, increase the quality of your product, and engage your folks in ways you would not have thought possible. Lean isn’t magic, and it won’t solve all your problems, but it truly is the key to Operational Excellence. This talk is geared for manufacturers, but the principles of Lean apply as well to offices and professional practices. We’ll discuss What Lean is, Why do it, and then we’ll dig into about a dozen of the most important Hows. You’ll come away with enough horsepower to start applying Lean to your operation the next day.
Real Answers to the HR/Employee Questions in the modern workplace. Join us for answers from each generation as we negotiate OUR WAY through the maze of how to work together, be productive employers and employees and reach goals for our businesses.
Check back for updates to the schedule. Sessions and information will be added as confirmed.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Room H108
You don’t have to settle for a normal business. Rural businesses are exploring new shapes, new locations and new ways of doing business, including pop-ups, shared buildings, businesses inside of other businesses and more. Entrepreneurs are using these smaller scale experiments and tests to learn what works before making a huge investment.
Join us as Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town guides us through the Innovative Rural Business Models. She will give examples of small towns already using them. Not only are entrepreneurs interested in these potential models, but local leaders also can put them to work spurring new business development and supporting fuller participation in the local economy.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Room H108
Rural Trends: An Oregon Perspective
Oregon State University
In this data driven session we will look at trends in rural America and compare to what we’re seeing here in Oregon. Using a rural-urban comparison, we will cover demographic shifts, family measures, economic dimensions, and health indicators. Participants will come away with a more complete understanding of the changes and challenges facing rural Oregon and how to access the indicators presented for their community.
Vince Adams is the director of the Rural Communities Explorer, an online tool that provides information about communities in Oregon. At OSU, he leads a team that helps community leaders access accurate community profile data. His enthusiasm for his work makes using data accessible for even the most technophobic. Contact Vince at: email@example.com
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Room H108
Annette Price, PacifiCorp
Breakfast sponsored by Blue Zones Project
8:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. | Room H108
The Jordan Cove-Pacific Connector project is a $10 billion proposal to build a natural gas pipeline and LNG export facility in southern Oregon. The company is preparing to submit a new application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and move through the formal permitting process again. The presentation will be an overview of the newest project proposal, including the infrastructure proposed for Klamath County, a focus on what has changed since the previous 2012 proposal, an overview of landowner engagement and expected benefits to Klamath County and its residents.
Throughout your attendance at the Rural Business and Innovation Summit, take a moment to visit the Cal-Ore Tech Lounge. Wi-fi and seating - the perfect place to check in on the office while you're away!
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Room H108
Join professional Futurist Garry Golden in understanding how foresight can help us anticipate and lead change within our businesses and communities. We will explore the future of rural communities being reshaped by demographic transitions and emerging technologies that will have an impact on a wide range of businesses and industries.
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Room H108
It's more than just Facebook! Learn marketing tools you can use for any size project (or business) that will help you with your goals. Want to market an event? Want to bring in more visitors to your store? Want to highlight what you have to offer? There are many marketing tools we will show you to move your forward quickly.
It's not about learning a bunch of stuff and then sitting back and waiting for change. It is about putting ideas into action, utilizing the power of your crowd and the connections you build. In other words - the Idea Friendly way to market in a small town. There will be a question and answer period as well.
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Room H108
If you want to hire and retain the best and the brightest you need to be aware of how to manage, motivate and collaborate with a new generation of workers. What does today’s top talent expect in an organization? In you as a leader? Come and hear Stacy Stack, Vice President of Training and Recruiting for Express Employment Professionals, share best practices in engaging top performers and key strategies to become an employer of choice in your community.
Breakfast sponsored by Blue Zones Project
8:00 a.m. | Room H108
September 13-14, 2017
9:15 a.m.to 10:15 a.m. | Room H108
Oregon’s recent economic narrative of rapid expansion does not apply to most rural communities in the state. The large employment hubs concentrated around Portland, the Willamette Valley, the Rogue Valley, and Bend mask the underlying economic conditions facing rural the rural workforce and businesses. Damon will unpack the recent employment trends in rural communities across the state then take a look at a variety of opportunities and challenges that these rural communities will likely encounter in the near future.