Entrepreneurs Drive La Grande’s Growth through Community over Competition

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13 Mar 2024

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This article originally appeared on and was written for La Grande Economic Development by Golden Shovel Agency.

As an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of two young girls, Kimberly Voelz wasn’t sure the time was right to turn her winemaking abilities into an actual business. However, the support displayed by the La Grande, OR, community changed her opinion.

“I am so encouraged by the number of people in La Grande who are very excited to assist new businesses get their footing, each with their own skill set that they gladly offer to provide,” she said. “This is not something you would see in the Willamette Valley or California.”

La Grande is a small community in northeastern Oregon that has dedicated itself to growth based on its residents’ talents. Area entities like the La Grande Economic Development, La Grande Main Street Downtown, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, and Eastern Oregon SBDC all offer assistance and guidance to entrepreneurs. Recently, La Grande has seen many female entrepreneurs making great strides in the community.

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Chuck Friedbauer
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Chuck Friedbauer is a Lead Copywriter for Golden Shovel Agency. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist and content writer. He also has a degree in Chemical Engineering and was an Engineer for 12 years. Chuck enjoys writing economic development promotional content and website redevelopment content for various clients around the country.