Countertop Solutions makes it official with grand opening Saturday

LA GRANDE — All are invited to Countertop Solutions, 1415 Jefferson Ave., La Grande, for a Grand Opening party Oct. 26. The business has been open and serving clients in the region since May 2019 and is making it official with a party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be tasty treats, local beer, wine, music and shop tours. 

A custom manufacturing and retail operation that builds and installs stone, acrylic and laminate countertops, Countertop Solutions was a recipient of Urban Renewal funding that allowed owners Chris Loman and Sam Jacobson to recently expand their business.

Workshop focuses on growing your business digitally

BAKER CITY — The Small Business Development Center at Blue Mountain Community College is continuing its fall workshop series with a class in Baker City on Oct. 24. “Digital Marketing and Content Creation for Social Media” will focus on promoting and growing your business digitally, creating a voice for your business, how to create two-way communication channels, digital advertising options and strategies, and calendaring your content. The workshop will be led by Michael Mettler, founder and director of strategy at MCM Strategic + Communications, a marketing and management consulting firm based in Walla Walla, Washington.

The Baker City workshop will go from

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and include light refreshments and a follow-up session to evaluate your progress several weeks following. The cost is $39, payable by cash or check made out to BMCC. For more information and registration, call Andrea Fowler at 541-278-5833.

SAIF offers free ag safety seminar in La Grande

SALEM — SAIF is offering 29 free seminars on agriculture safety and health in 17 cities across Oregon beginning Oct. 28 with a seminar in La Grande. Nine of the seminars will be presented entirely in Spanish. The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health — being insured by SAIF is not a requirement to attend. 

The seminar in La Grande will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St. Lunch will be provided. This year’s seminars will focus on four topics: respiratory personal protective equipment, working at elevation, safety leadership for anyone, and incident analysis — a structured process for identifying what happened and reducing recurrence of injuries moving forward.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA’s instructional requirement — one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections. More information — including registration details — can be found at www.saif.com/agseminars.

Businesses and organizations welcome to sponsor Farmer-Merchant Banquet

LA GRANDE — The annual Farmer-Merchant Banquet is set for Nov. 7 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. A no-host social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards program. There will also be live music and a program will focus on “The Roots of Union County” — the theme of the evening — showcasing the rich history of Union County.

Tickets are free for members of the ag community and $30 for the general public. Call the Union County Chamber Office at 541-963-8588 to make reservations.

Business and organizations are encouraged to consider sponsoring the event. For more information on sponsorship, call the Chamber, stop by 207 Depot St., La Grande, or email Director@VisitUnionCounty.org.

New ‘Moms & Pops’ store opens in Elgin

ELGIN — An eclectic new shop, Moms & Pops Almost Everything Store, is now open at 810 Inkwood in Elgin. The store offers new and used household items, “farm and auto stuff,” hardwood, hardware and more. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Visit farms offering products of fall harvest

SALEM — Oregon’s Bounty — at www.OregonFB.org — is a searchable online directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public. Pumpkins, apples, pears and squash are just a few examples of the favorites of fall harvest. The website also includes information on how to be included in the directory.

The Oregon’s Bounty website allows visitors to search for a specific agriculture product — like pumpkins or apples — and/or search for farms within a specific region of the state. Visitors can also do a search for “u-pick” or “events” to locate those activities.

“Each of the farms listed in Oregon’s Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members, who are proud of what they’ve grown and are happy to answer questions about what they do and how they farm,” said Anne Marie Moss, OFB communications director. “Fall is an ideal time to take a trip into the scenic countryside, meet a few of these family farmers and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand.”

Oregon employers invited to law conference

SALEM — The Bureau of Labor and Industry invites Oregon employers to the 35th annual Employment Law Conference to be held Nov. 4-5 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The conference will help employers navigate complex and frequently changing workplace rules. On tap are 30 sessions organized around topics of concern to employers throughout the state, with training led by BOLI compliance experts and top employment law attorneys. Register at www.oregon.gov/boli/TA/Pages/AnnualConference/Flyer.aspx

Employers who can’t attend the conference but want to keep up to date on employment law may sign up for BOLI’s Technical Assistance for Employers newsletter at http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/boli-ta. More information is available by emailing bolita@boli.state.or.us or calling 971-673-0824.

Edward Jones named a ‘Top Workplace’

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Edward Jones, a financial services firm with branches in Pendleton, La Grande and Ontario, was ranked No. 1 on the Oregon/Southwest Washington Top Workplaces 2019 List. The Oregonian teamed up with the Energage research company to rank the area’s top 99 employers. The ranking was based on employee opinions about company leadership, compensation and training, diversity/inclusion, career development, family-friendly flexibility, and values and ethics. This was Edward Jones’ eighth consecutive inclusion on the Oregon/Southwest Washington Top Workplaces list. In addition to its ranking on the list, Edward Jones won a special award for the top score in values. The firm is based in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit www.edwardjones.com and its recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com.

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