Four new businesses, 11 new jobs and $313,510 in increased sales have been reported in Wallowa County in 2018.

Those numbers, compiled by the Wallowa County Small Business Development Center, are even more impressive when compared to the reports from 2016. In less than two years, 20 more clients have availed themselves of free counseling; three times the hours of counseling have been booked by entrepreneurs; and training events offered have increased from one in 2016 to seven in 2018.

In just five months of 2018, center advisers Dennis Sands and Kristy Athens served 118 clients in 269 sessions for a total of approximately 192 hours.

Recent clients were Roots Salon, Joe Trolley, Pioneer Portraits and The Vanilla Stag Bakery.

All this had been accomplished in Wallowa County on a budget of $12,000. Wallowa County Board of Commissioners regularly votes to support the center from video lottery funds, and pledged $10,000 at a recent meeting. Other expenses are covered by donations, a $30,000 grant from the Small Business Association and other sources.

Training events have included classes on Quickbooks and Quickbooks Payroll, marketing basics, marketing on a budget, introduction to social media, website tune-up and more. Businesses are surveyed to learn their greatest needs to determine what trainings will be most useful, and the center obtains grants to support services and reduce workshop registration fees.

The Wallowa County SBDC office is at 401 Northeast First Street in Enterprise, inside the Wallowa Resources building. Call 541-278-5864 or email sbdc@bluecc.edu.

Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a program, “Grow Your Business by Growing Your Online Presence,” 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the chamber, 309 S. River St., Enterprise.

The session will provide information on how to maximize your investment in an online presence. Katherine Cleland is the instructor.

Individuals who are clients of Small Business Development Center can make arrangements ahead of time to have a website review completed.

Preregistration is required. Course fee is $59. Visit conta.cc/2O3fR1M.

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