By Kiera Morgan
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded nearly $20 million through 385 grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. Vilsack said “these grants will strengthen the economic fabric of rural small towns and communities by providing capital to small and emerging businesses.” USDA is awarding the grants through the Rural Business Development Grant program. Oregon is receiving a total of $285,000. Recipients may use the funds to provide technical assistance, training and job-creation activities.
Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation will receive $20,000. They will be working with the OCCC Small Business Development Center in offering business advising to Lincoln County marine related businesses for growth. According to Carolyn Bauman economic development director they are seeking up to 20 marine related businesses to provide expert technical assistance to help grow their businesses at no cost to them.
Bauman said some of the grant funds will also be used to help expand the Port of Alsea. This will be to explore opportunities to expand the commercial seafood business in Waldport. Bauman said they have signed an agreement with the Small Business Development Center as a sub-contractor. They will be assisting in the advising work and doing the intake interviews with the selected businesses.
She said they are very happy to be able to get this grant that will allow working more closely with the marine related businesses in Lincoln County and helping them to grow and expand. The idea Bauman said is to help grow jobs in the marine industry to provide family wage jobs in the area.
By Kiera Morgan
Recovery housing is coming to Newport with Oxford House of Yaquina Bay opening soon. Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. The number of residents in a house may range from six to fifteen. Oxford Houses flourish in communities around the world but they all abide by the basic criteria. Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse.
This was the purpose of the first Oxford House established in 1975, and this purpose is served, day by day and house after house. According to Sean Bossen with Oxford House they provide a safe, affordable, clean and sober housing for men and women in recovery. “Members of each house pay an equal expense share or EES, and that income goes to pay for the utility bills, rent and the household amenities. Each house is self supporting.”
There is no limit of time that someone can stay at an Oxford house as long as they are living according to the house rules. Client referrals will be coming from the recovery community and through parole and probation and treatment programs, but Bosson emphasized they do not take sex offenders. Right now they are seeking donations to get the home set up.
They are looking for twin beds, full beds, dressers and nightstands along with yard tools, pots and pans and cleaning supplies. Items need to be in good condition. For more information or to arrange for a donation call Sean at 503-313-8365 or email email@example.com.
Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has provided funding for the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility in Newport to stay open through September 2016. The funding was included in the Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which passed the committee this morning. The bill must still pass the full Senate and the House of Representatives and be signed by the President for the funding to be assured.
“The Newport helicopter facility has helped save countless lives over the years and now we are one step closer to keeping it open for an additional year,” said Merkley. “It’s crucial that we keep this lifesaving facility operating on Oregon’s central coast.”
“I’m gratified that the Senate Appropriations Committee heard my request loud and clear and provided the critical funding to keep Newport’s air facility open through September 2016,” Wyden said. “Today’s good news about this extension for the Coast Guard station provides us more time to seek a long-term permanent solution that recognizes the facility must remain in Newport. Given the Coast Guard’s record of saving lives in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, keeping that facility open in Newport is literally a life-or-death question.” Continue reading
The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.
The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores.
Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.
The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.
The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. The Coast Guard does not track a user’s location, and the app does not track a user’s location unless the app is being used.
The app was developed over a two-year period with BastayaPR, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico.
National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 16 – 22, is an annual event that encourages all boaters to practice safe boating. For more information on National Safe Boating Week as well as general boating safety information, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/ and http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
For more information on the app, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile or contact Lt. Anastacia Visneski at (202) 372-4648.
The Internal Revenue Service is marking National Small Business Week, May 4 to 8, by featuring some of its most popular educational products for small business owners and self-employed individuals. The products include webinars and videos on the IRS video portal IRS videos dot gov. Some of the webinars will include Business Use of Your Home, Avoiding the Biggest Tax Mistakes, Depreciation Basics, Learn how to report correctly common tax items associated with owning a child or day care business, with the Childcare Provider Tax Compliance, navigating the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. This complete online resource features links to a variety of useful tools, including Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop, common forms and their instructions and help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number online, to how to engage with the IRS in the event of an audit. Also, link to a list of free local workshops and events. The IRS also has a YouTube video Channel specifically for small businesses which include IRS online Tax Calendar, Simplified Home Office Deduction and Employer Identification Number. For more information go to IRS dot gov.