On February 10- February 13, The Ignite Center for Entrepreneurship will host Brad Attig, CEO of the Foundry Collective in Corvallis, OR.  Brad will present a series of workshops designed to assist strengthen small businesses and explore the important role that small businesses play in a rural economy. All workshops will be held at the Ignite Center at 104 Depot, La Grande and are open to all attendees.  For more information and to register for each workshop visit the Ignite Website at:  www.Ignitemybusiness.org.

The schedule of workshops is:

Monday, February 10, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

“Becoming a Great Mentor” – This workshop is designed for those who are interested in becoming a business mentor OR those in need of a business mentor.

Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

“Getting Traction:  19 Ways Your Business Can Get Noticed” – This workshop explores:

  • Why Digital Marketing (social media) is critical for most small businesses and startups
  • What are the 19 traction channels?
  • How do the channels work?
  • How to identify the best channels for your business now and in the future?
  • Why metrics and goals are important.

Wednesday, February 12, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

“Celebrate Rural Innovation, Creativity and Small Business” This workshop explores why innovation matters in rural communities and how this innovation will help our community thrive in the 21st Century.

All workshops are open to the public and free of charge.  Space is limited so please register online at: www.Ignitemybusiness.org or by calling Christine at (541) 962-1308. For anyone unable to attend the events in person, they will be live streamed to the Foundry Collective Facebook Page here.

A grant through the Kauffman Foundation has allowed Ignite to provide technical assistance and supports collaboration with other entrepreneurial centers in rural Oregon.  These events are a collaborative effort between Foundry Collective, Rural Development Initiatives, Kelly Nonprofit Consulting, NEOEDD, Ignite La Grande, Business Oregon, and others and made possible through a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Watch for additional programs and projects on the Ignite website here Ignite Events. Ignite is a collaboration between Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and the City of La Grande’s Economic Development Department.

About Brad Attig

Brad Attig, CEO, Foundry Collective – In 2018 Brad Attig launched Foundry Collective, a nonprofit focused on helping create sustainable “Main Street Innovation Labs” in small and rural communities. This “place-based” effort partners with numerous organizations and service providers to bring needed resources including to underserved locations to highly visible locations. Brad brings 20+ years of senior business experience with Macy’s, Target, Montgomery Wards, and Citibank plus extensive experience both launching new businesses and mentoring entrepreneurs. His passion is to help rural startups and small businesses launch and scale to create community and economic impact