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Oregon Farm Bureau taps county leader

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue, an east Multnomah County berry and nursery stock producer and American Farm Bureau Federation vice president, announced the recent election of Barb Iverson of the Clackamas County Farm Bureau as OFB third vice president.

Iverson was elected to her fifth two-year term as coordinator of OFB’s legislative issue advisory committees. She also assists the OFB president and Board of Directors as requested.

“Farm Bureau benefits greatly from (Iverson’s) leadership, knowledge about farming and dedication to protecting and strengthening Oregon agriculture,” Bushue said.

The OFB House of Delegates elected Iverson at the recent 80th annual meeting in Salem.

Delegates include family farmers and ranchers from many fields of agriculture representing each county Farm Bureau.

Iverson operates the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

College offers free biz classes

Several classes are offered free of tuition, while tuition for others is very reasonable, at the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center.

Here is a brief list of some of the classes available in January and February 2013:

n Going into Business: Start Smart; Learn the basics of opening a small business.

n Small Business Legal Basics; Learn how to protect a small business and deal with legal issues.

n Contracting with the Government; Learn how to find available contracts and use marketing tools.

n How to get a Business Loan; Learn the basics of how and where to apply and more.

n Buying a Small Business; Learn the process of buying an existing business and strategies for valuation, taxes, financing and business plan elements.

n Hiring New Employees; Learn how to attract and hire high quality employees.

n Business Website Essentials; Learn to create a successful website for a small business.

n Business Insurance 101; Topics covered include business personal property and commercial general liability as well as bonds and workers compensation insurance.

For more information or to register, visit the website at mhccbizcenter.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-491-7658. The center is at 501 N.E. Hood Ave., Gresham.