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October 2021 Newsletter
Dear First name / Friend,
It's that time again… leaves are turning and mushrooms are popping as the nights become chilly and crisp! Aaaand it's Harvest Fest time people!
But First:
Small Biz Owners and Micro-Enterprise (aka Sole Proprietors) TAKE NOTE of the NEW info below on how to apply for Lane County CDBG Business Grant Funds before November 1st!
After-Hours Events through the end of the year will be virtual (on Zoom) and feature a series of workshops teaching you how to use our new Members Account features and options for updating your Business Listings on the new and improved Members Directory (coming very soon to the website).
And as usual, read to the end to get tips on getting your garden ready for winter. Have you been saving seeds to donate to our local Seed Bank at the library?
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions! (reply or email me at

Alissa Mayer

Executive Assistant to the Oakridge/Westfir Chamber of Commerce

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fall events
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October 19th, 6-7pm on Zoom with Alissa
After Hours - Virtual Tour
Check out our NEW Members Directory and Features on the website!
Oct 19
After-Hours - We are back to doing Virtual Events via Zoom. Please join us on Tuesday October 19th @ 6pm for a tour of our updated Members Directory and Business listings on the chamber website!
Here's the Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 845 3580 1205
Passcode: 628020
You know you wanna get more involved…right?
We have 3 Openings coming up on the Chamber Board of Directors, and we'd love to have YOU on our team! The only requirement for becoming a candidate for this volunteer position is that you are a Chamber Member. REPLY to this email to LEARN MORE. We need you!

grants for business owners

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NEW - Apply by November 1st for the Lane County CDBG Business Grant Funds. Awards will be from $2,500-$25,000 but funds are limited. If your business is located outside the City limits of Eugene & Springfield you may apply for this grant. Download the application by clicking here.
PLEASE NOTE: This isn’t a quick emergency grant application, this is a long standing Federal grant program that added assistance for Covid… so it involves filling out a 12-page paper application the old fashioned way (by hand), a detailed and thorough vetting process & there will be on-going tracking of funds.
Have questions? Reply to this email and we'll do our best to help you, or connect you to someone who can!

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$500 matching funds for YOU?!?
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Want Up to $500 to Beautify Your Brick & Mortar Business in Uptown or the Highway 58 Business District?
The Goal is to Beautify our City using Transient Room Tax:
• Maximum reimbursement is $500 or 50% of project costs.
• All TRT request for Reimbursements should be submitted upon completion of the project.
Copy of all receipts along with before and after photos are required for grant consideration.
• Grants are offered on a first come, first serve bases and must be submitted within the same fiscal year (July-July)
Please Note - expenditures must be pre-approved to qualify for reimbursement!

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eat. forage. grow.

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🌿 In the garden… Prepare to pick those pumpkins, plant your final round of root veggies for over-winter growth and collect mature seeds for next year. Label them with the variety, organic or not, your location and elevation, and donate several to our Seed Bank at the local library!
🌿 Fire-Resistant Landscaping is something we should all be thinking about and planning for! Check out this Guide: Fire Resistant Plants for Home Landscaping!(CLICK HERE to download it)
🌿 The Headwaters Harvest Festival UPDATES 🌿
Please visit the facebook event pages, mark yourself interested or going, and share, share share!

We're all in this together…


Stay tuned for more next month!

Our Best,


The OW Chamber Board

- your ALL-Volunteer Oakridge/Westfir Chamber Board of Directors


PS - This newsletter is a free monthly resource, but you can go deeper and get involved by joining the O/W Chamber - individuals, non-profits and businesses are all welcome. Please consider becoming a member today.


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