Why is La Grande a great place to start a business?

According to a recent study by consumer finance site NerdWallet, La Grande ranked among the top 20 best places to start a business in Oregon, coming in at no. 13.

In determining our rankings, we crunched Census data on the following key factors:
• Business climate: average revenue of businesses, percentage of businesses with paid employees and businesses per 100 people
• Local economic health: median annual income, median monthly housing costs and unemployment rate.

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Mother’s Day

Some of our downtown restaurants have great specials for Mother’s Day! Join La Fiesta on May 10th for LIVE music performed by Mary Ann! The Fiesta begins Sunday the 10th from 6pm to 8pm!
La Fiesta

Also, Ten Depot Street will be featuring a Mothers Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Open for Dinner 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday, May 10th

May Business Development Workshop

Our May Business Development Workshop is fast approaching! These workshops are FREE for Main Street members and employees, and just $10 for non members.

Stress Management & Wellness for The Business Owner
When:   May 12th from 7-9 AM
Led by: Brian Sather, Kyle Pfaffenbach & Kelly Rice
Where: The Upper Room at the Marketplace – 1101 Washington Avenue
Click Here For More Details!

Crazy Days Derby Dash

Special delivery from the LGMSD news bin… we’ll be having our very own Soap Box Derby DURING Crazy Days! What we need now are participants – that means builders and drivers of all ages, sizes, and daredevil inclinations! All comments and questions can be sent to ron_derby@eoni.com. 

Please fill out the following entry form to sign up, and return to ron_derby@eoni.com : Crazy Daze Derby 2015 Entry Form


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!