What’s Your Plan?
A four-session course about writing a business plan that gets results!
2nd and 4th Monday,
October 9 – November 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Newmark Center Room 207, Southwestern Oregon Community College campus
1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

Offered by:

Arlene M. Soto, CMA, CGBP
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Small Business Development Center Director
Newmark Center, Suite 211
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR  97420
541-888-7001

Cost: $125 thanks to a generous sponsorship from Banner Bank
Pre-registration is required online at http://www.socc.edu/sbdc or
CALL 541-888-7026 now! Seating is limited.
Payment can be made at the Small Business Development Center,

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420 via check, Visa/MC or cash

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

Salal is an evergreen, understory shrub found in coastal forests from British Columbia to southern California. It is identified by its shiny, dark green leaves and its purple-to-black, berry-like fruits. Lewis and Clark wrote about salal in their journals, a plant they first encountered on the Oregon Coast near Astoria in 1806. Long before these explorers discovered salal, however, Native Americans used this plant in a variety of ways, including as a medicine, food, dye and utensil. Wildlife including bears, deer, elk and beavers also enjoy salal.

Salal continues to be a good food source for humans today. The berries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that prevent degeneration. Berries can be eaten fresh, added to smoothies, pies, jam and fruit leather. They are ripe during late summer – usually August and September. Keep an eye out for this plant next time you explore Oregon’s forests.

Agritourism Permitting Tips
Agritourism Permitting Tips

We are excited to share a new publication from Oregon Sea Grant, “Agritourism in Oregon’s Coastal Counties: Land use policy and permitting requirements.” This document provides guidance for coastal farmers considering agritourism as a way to enhance or expand their business.

The publication summarizes the agritourism land use policy and permitting requirements for farm use, farm stands, home occupation, agritourism events and wineries, and provides contact information for Oregon coastal county planning departments, as well as online resources for additional information.

You may download a free PDF of the four-page publication here.