Launched in November of 2019, the Applegate Valley Business Network meets on a quarterly basis to network, connect and support each other. All types of business owners belong to the network– from chefs, to farmers, to artisans, musicians, healing artists, short-term rental owners, vintners and beyond! The group welcomes existing and emerging businesses—anyone interested in professional development, networking and technical assistance opportunities. Technical assistance is available in Spanish, as well. Our member-inspired topics include co-marketing, event coordination, land use permitting, tourism management and Buy Local initiatives. Together, we aim to build a strong, sustainable Applegate Valley economy.
These meetings are not only useful, but also fun! We host our sessions at beautiful venues like wineries, restaurants and parks throughout the Valley and leave plenty of time on the agenda to socialize over a glass of wine and local food! We also host an annual holiday gathering in the winter with our Business, Nonprofit and Artisan networks to deepen our community connections.
So much has already been accomplished with the Network’s collaboration and participation. AGA has been able to support the creation of an Applegate Valley logo designed by a local artist, the installation of Welcome signage featuring the logo on the east and west ends of Hwy-238, free online marketing webinars and a local business map. This logo is available to use for free to all Applegate Businesses, download here!
Together we have also developed an online marketplace and business directory, Applegatemarket.com for Business Network members to share their business information. In addition, we have developed a community events calendar on Applegateconnect.org.
As the Network grows and evolves, some potential projects on the horizon include: increasing the Applegate Valley’s virtual presence through social media, an interactive digital business map, SEO and strategic event promotion. Skillshare events, cross-pollination and professional development workshops have also been discussed. A Steering Committee is being formed to identify priority projects and actions for the Network. To learn more about what local businesses are interested in, read our Listening Session notes.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and be added to our Business Network mailing list.. Business Network members get exclusive access to business development resources, funding opportunities, technical assistance and more. Pledge to support the Business Network with your annual or ongoing donation.
This growing effort is in response to the Applegate Valley Community Vitality Roadmap, which prioritized ways to support and grow local businesses with help from The Ford Family Foundation, Business Oregon and the USDA.