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Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce a new opportunity for local investment

Coos Bay, OR (July 12, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Food System Team is requesting input on business investment opportunities related to the south coast commercial fishing and agriculture community. The Food Systems Project has continued to catalog business investment opportunities across our local food economy and has $25,000 in investment funds to allocate towards any private or semi-private fisheries or agriculture project that may strengthen the economies of our local communities. The Food System Project is seeking input by July 31 to help complete the inventory; please share any seafood/fisheries/agricultural investment opportunities that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Project opportunities must increase the economic value of local, traceable seafood and agriculture while improving the vitality of the south coast commercial fishing and agricultural economy;
  • Investments must have general community support, with the potential to lead to further long-term collaborations;
  • Projects must impact the community positively in a measurable way by addressing a critical need in the fishing or agriculture industry

If your business, farm, Port, or community has a critical need to address within the commercial fishing or agriculture industry for these initial or for future investment funds, we want to hear it. The initial $25,000 investment, but will also be used by the NWU Food System Team to find additional funding opportunities for this region. Our first business investment will be selected in July 2019. Preference is given toward opportunities that show an adequate business plan, any in-kind participation, and/or community support.  Letters of interest for subsequent investments are also welcomed.

Applications for the Business Investment Opportunities program are due by July 31. For additional information or to apply, contact Michelle Martin at mmartin@nwumpqua.org or (541) 414-6368.

NeighborWorks Umpqua Excited to Host Dockside Discussions

NeighborWorks Umpqua Excited to Host Dockside Discussions

The organization is inviting fishermen and crews to join in a meaningful discussion

Coos and Curry County, OR (March 11, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce its latest event:  Dockside Discussions. Dockside Discussions is an opportunity for local fishermen and crews to learn and talk about opportunities for the South Coast fishing industry. At these three sessions, participants will learn about Dream$avers, Selling to Schools, Seafood Throwdown Events, Business Assistance, and more! In addition to NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, MIT students will be on hand visiting the area to research and propose creative opportunities for improving livelihoods in the seafood sector. All interested fishermen and crews are highly encouraged to attend these sessions.

“We are excited to be hosting Dockside Discussions again,” explains Michelle Martin, Director of Community and Economic Development with NeighborWorks Umpqua. “Last time we hosted these sessions, we received valuable feedback and we are hoping for a continuation with the upcoming sessions. Everyone has a story to tell, especially our local fishermen and crews. Dockside Discussions is an important opportunity for these individuals to come out and share their ideas for how we can improve conditions for everyone. We know that when we work together, our communities win!”

The three sessions are spread through the South Coast. The first session is in Gold Beach on March 19 at 10 am at the Curry Public Library. The next session is in Port Orford on March 19 at 2 pm at the Port Orford Library. The last session will be in Charleston on March 21 at 2 pm at the Charleston RV Marina. Any fishermen or crews interested in improving their community and learning about local economic development resources need to attend. For more information, reach out to Food Systems Coordinator, Daniella Williams at dwilliams@nwumpqua.org or call 541-622-3382.