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Digital subscriber lines explained

Wednesday's meeting of the Southern Oregon Telecommunications and Technology Council will feature a presentation on digital subscriber lines (DSLs).

The meeting is scheduled from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Education Resource Center in the Rogue Valley Mall, downstairs next to Mervyn's. Businesses and organizations that now conduct or plan to conduct electronic commerce are invited, as well as those needing high-speed Internet access.

For more information, call Susan Huntley, 826-8008.

Inventors Council explores markets

Joan Huntley, an instructor at Southern Oregon University's School of Business, will talk about where to market your product at the Southern Oregon Inventors Council meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the SOU Small Business Development Center, 332 W. Sixth St., Medford.

The meeting is open to all inventors.

For more information, call Dennis Nelson at 772-7213 or the SBDC at 772-3478.

Hearing set for demutualization plan

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services will hold a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in Portland to hear public comments on Standard Insurance Company's proposed demutualization plan.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the World Trade Center, Building 2, 25 S.W. Salmon St.

Standard's board of directors proposes to convert the firm from a mutual life insurance company, owned by its policyholders, to a publicly held stock life insurance company.

Under state law, the department director has 30 days after the hearing to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove Standard's plan. If approved, it then goes to a vote by the company's 125,000 policyholders.

Written statements may be submitted at the hearing or may be mailed no later than Feb. 8 to: Director, DCBS, 350 Winter St. N.E., Salem, OR 97310. All comments received will be part of the public record.

SOWAC: Hispanic business training

Southern Oregon Women's Access to Credit will offer a business training program for the Hispanic business community in the Rogue Valley.

The program is for both women and men and is set for — to — p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Classes will begin in February.

SOWAC also is seeking people to volunteer about four to six hours per month. Mentors are needed in the classroom to help students who have problems writing in English. After graduation, volunteers will assist students who are beginning or expanding their businesses.

For more information on where the program will be held, or to volunteer as a mentor, call 779-3992.