April Business Development Workshop

Google Drive Workshop
When:  April 14th from 7-9 AM
Led by: Jim Whitbeck; Blue Mountain Outfitters
Where: Business Computer Lab in Zabel.  The Lab is on the 2nd floor, room 250. (Everyone will have access to a computer. If you would like to bring your own laptop, please do!)

Google Drive is a free and secure storage backup that is located in the ‘cloud’. It can be used for personal files and for file sharing within organizations and businesses. Join us to learn what Google Drive is, how it can benefit your business or non-profit and how to use it effectively. 

Please RSVP via email or phone by April 13th to director@lagrandemainstreet.org, or call 541.963.1223.

Workshops are FREE for Main Street members and employees. Breakfast is included! Not a Main Street member? You are still welcome to drop in the class for just $10. 
We are proud to say that our presenters are all local Union County business owners and employees.

A HUGE thank you to our 2015 sponsors: Red Cross Drug Store, Country Financial Insurance, Cam Credits Inc., Eastern Oregon University, US Bank, and Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods!

Public Art Update

La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) recently put out a request for proposals to commission a local artist to create public art on Adams Avenue. We received some great proposals and a fantastic overall response to the public art initiative! We are pleased to announce that we received 10 proposals by 6 local artists for the public art project to be installed at 1215 Adams Avenue (Umpqua Bank exit). The site currently has two benches under the shade of a large Elm tree. The winning design is to be selected in the month of April by a committee of volunteers. 

LGMSD is excited to participate in and promote the arts as a way to revitalize our downtown economy. The fact that so many artists submitted proposals is a positive sign, especially considering the relatively small budget.  According to the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts “generate high-quality jobs and state tax revenue – results that are especially important in rural areas.” 
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Spruce Up Your Windows!

Attention Main Street Member:

As the beautiful spring and summer months come around, we have many events taking place here in La Grande. May 9th is the downtown clean up to prep our streets in order to welcome tourists to town just in time for the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and various other events taking place in the coming months. 

As a Main Street Member, you receive great perks for your business! Call Chris Keffer at Upper Glass Window Care, and mention that you are a Main Street Member for a discounted window cleaning! Businesses must call and schedule your appointment by April 15th in order to get your windows cleaned before the big clean up.

Visit www.upperglasswindowcare.com for additional contact information and list of services. 

Chris Keffer
Phone: 541.962.8783
Cell: 541.910.1079
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Flower Basket Crowdfunding

Hard to believe that we are already planning our flower basket program for the spring and summer months here in La Grande! Each year, LGMSD purchases 30 hanging flower baskets, and hires local residents to water and maintain the plants throughout the season.
This program is in it’s 6th year, and is fully funded by private donations from La Grande businesses and residents. 
In order for the program to go on, we must raise $5000. This year we are trying a new platform to raise money for the program – crowdfunding! If everyone in the community supported the program through a small donation of $10, we can continue the program in year 6. If we can raise more funds, we can increase the number of baskets than we’ve ever had before! Please click the link below to take a look at our crowdfunding campaign, and help spread the word! 

EOBF Sponsorship Opportunities

We are currently recruiting Eastern Oregon Beer Festival sponsors for this year’s event! Click the link to see what kind of advertising you can receive from EOBF 2015: 2015 Sponsorship Letter

The festival this year will be a 2 day event on June 19th and 20th. Last year, we had approximately 1500 attendees, and sold out of our 600 tickets in the first few weeks. This year, we plan to sell 1200 tickets, and expect over 2000 attendees. We had attendees from all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and as far as Nevada come to La Grande for this event. 

Please visit our website at www.eobeerfest.org, or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EOBeerFest for more information. 


Employment Opportunity

Flower Basket Waterer Needed!

La Grande Main Street is looking for one or more part-time workers to water and maintain downtown flower baskets from late-May and early September.  Approximately 2 hours each morning.  Must be 18 or older and have driver’s license and insurance.  Wage $9.50/hour.  No prior experience necessary, but knowledge of flowering plants and their care is a plus.  Application deadline is April 10, 2015. To apply, send name, contact information and summary of any relevant experience to kmboula@hotmail.com, or director@lagrandemainstreet.org.


Opportunity for community involvement

The La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) Façade Restoration Grant Program offers matching grants to commercial property owners who wish to restore and enhance the exteriors of their historic buildings.  Ours is one of the most active Main Street organizations in Oregon, with more than 60 projects, ranging from new awnings to total façade makeovers, completed since 2008.  We are currently looking for three community members to serve on a review panel for grant applications.  The panel will meet on an as-needed basis, with 10-12 applications anticipated in 2015.  Knowledge of historic architecture and/or history of La Grande is a plus, but anyone with an interest in restoration of our historic downtown is welcome to apply.   If you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please call 541.963.1223 or send an email to director@lagrandemainstreet.org.