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Eastern Oregon Leather Co.
Custom Leather
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PO Box 42
Imbler, OR 97841

541-663-4385  Fax: 541--663-4385
Contact: Shane

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Eastern Oregon Leather Co.

The guy taking the picture told me to smile and I guess I over did it!  My name is Shane.  Those who know me call me "Pounder" because I am always banging away on some sort of leather. 

Several years ago I was layed off from an unrewarding career in Information Technology and embarrassed a long-time hobby ..Leathercraft.  I started building leather wrist cuffs and bracelets and selling them on E-Bay while working various part-time jobs to make ends meet.  That was about seven years ago.

Now my passion is my business!  I work full-time in my leather shop.   I love working with leather as a medium.  I spend my day making hand-tooled high-quality unique leather products. 

From my shop and on the road in the summer months with my mobile business and my portable sewing machine I get to do repairs and custom designs giving me the opportunity build custom products for those who ride and those who just enjoy wearing leather.

I ship all over the world,  mostly in the US and I have customers with a wide variety of interests.  If you can explain it to me I can probably build it!

Small Business Development Center
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1607 Gekeler Lane
Integrated Services Building
La Grande, OR 97850

541-962-1532

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Small Business Development Center

EOU Small Business Development Center

The Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was created under a Federal Government program, in partnership with Community Colleges and Universities throughout the United States, to help both established and start-up businesses. The SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oregon Department of Economic Development, Eastern Oregon University and locally generated funds.

The services offered by the SBDC include one-on-one counseling, business education workshops, referrals to other agencies, and access to resource materials and government contract information.

History of Union County Oregon
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The population growth in eastern Oregon during the early 1860s prompted the Legislative Assembly to split Umatilla and Baker Counties from Wasco County on September 22, 1862. Further development of the Grande Ronde Valley led to calls for the legislature to split Union County from Baker County. This finally occurred on October 14, 1864. Union County's name reflects the support of the people in this area toward maintaining the United States during the Civil War.

Between 1875 and 1913, adjustments were made to Union County's borders with Baker, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties. Union County, lying between the Blue and Wallowa Mountains, is bordered by Wallowa County on the east and north, Umatilla County on the west, and Grant and Baker Counties on the south.

The establishment of a county seat resulted in competition, based on geography and on economic and population growth, between La Grande and the city of Union. The county seat moved between Union and La Grande until it was permanently transferred to La Grande in 1905.

With each transfer of the county seat, there was a similar removal of the county courthouse. The first courthouses were rented structures in Union and La Grande. When the city of Union was designated as the county seat in 1874, the county's records were quickly moved to a new brick courthouse in the area where

Union High School now stands. La Grande regained the county seat in 1905 and moved into the courthouse that had been built the previous year as the city hall. The courthouse was razed in 1996 and offices for the county clerk, assessor, tax collector, and planning department were relocated to the nearby Chaplin Building.

The government of Union County consisted originally of a county judge, two county commissioners, clerk, sheriff, treasurer, assessor, school superintendent, and coroner. It changed from a county court to a board of commissioners in 1991.

The county historically has been a slow growth area. The first census of the county in 1870 showed only 2,552 inhabitants. It has grown steadily and by 2000 the population was 25,470, representing an increase of 3.80% since 2000.

The initial economic interest in the area was mining, but most of the mines were in the area annexed by Baker County in 1901. Over the years farming (wheat, fruit, vegetables, and grass seeds), cattle, sheep raising, and timber replaced mining as the primary economic forces in the county. Nearby mountains and streams provide hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping opportunities.

Excerpt from: Oregon State website