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Douglas County added a total of 720 jobs over the year ending in March, at a 2 percent annual growth rate. Of those, the private sector accounted for 710 jobs, which Annette Shelton-Tiderman, regional economist, said is nice to see.

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Annual entrepreneurial event Startup Weekend Roseburg brought more than 80 competitors to Umpqua Community College over the weekend to develop their ideas and learn hands-on about starting a business.

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The Small Business Development Center is getting ready for Startup Weekend Roseburg, an annual competition that brings hopeful entrepreneurs through the process of turning ideas into new businesses.

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By the time you’re reading this, my taxes will be filed and hopefully yours will be too. The IRS reports that eight out of 10 Americans can expect a refund this year. Over the past few years the average amount was more than $3,000. Most refunds are received within three weeks of filing.

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Through Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries’ workforce development program, Gary Eads, owner of McDonald’s franchises in Douglas County, has offered job opportunities and support to Goodwill clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Before rocking out at the Music on the Half Shell concert and watching red, white and blue sparks light the sky, Douglas County residents and visitors will get to try out 50 food trucks that are all competing for a grand prize.

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Electric plug-in vehicles will be on display at the Earth Day and Energy Fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on April 22. Car owners will show their cars and be available to discuss their experiences of ownership throughout the day. Douglas County Global Warming Coalition has been organiz…

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With the common goal of promoting tourism in the Umpqua Valley, about 40 people representing local restaurants, wineries, farms and community organizations came to the Southern Oregon Wine Institute Thursday for Travel Oregon’s Culinary and Agritourism Workshop.

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Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 5.8 percent in January to 5.3 percent in February, below the February 2016 rate of 6.5 percent. Meanwhile, Oregon’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, the lowest unemployment rate since comparabl…

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The Young Entrepreneurs Society is planning to host its March Pub Talk at 5 p.m. Wednesday at The Loft, 950 S.E. Oak St., Roseburg. Kody Kellom from Full Draw Film and Born and Raised Outdoors will tell his startup story about selling a business and buying a new one.