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Tax, finance workshop set

The Rogue Valley Symposium, hosted by Moss Adams, is designed for business owners, chief financial officers, controllers, and others seeking best practices and new strategies for tax, financial and operational challenges.

The Wednesday, Sept. 30, event targets manufacturers, distributors, food processors and others with changing business environments.

The event will run from 1-5 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club, 266 Hillcrest Road, in Medford.

Ater Wynne partner Leslie Bottomly, Moss Adams senior tax manager Fred Reichensperger, Moss Adams partner Michael Ricioli, and Moss Adams senior tax manager Michelle VanDellen will talk about employment law and present a variety of tax information.

The cost is $45. For information, contact Susan Merrill, 541-857-1040 or go to http://www.mossadams.com/events/2015/september/rogue-valley-symposium#sthash.kmjt2Rm7.dpuf

Fogelman to lead marketing workshop

Loren Fogelman, founder of Business Success Solution and author of Amazon.com's No. 1 seller "The Winning Point" will discuss marketing and sales during a four-hour workshop at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The seminar will hone in on specific strategies and steps for business owners to improve the close rate during consultations.

For information, call 541-552-8300 or go to http://businesssuccesssolution.com/salestraining.

State secures federal export grants

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, has secured $450,000 in federal grants to help small businesses export their products and services to international markets.

It is the fourth time the agency has awarded grants through a competitive application process.

During the previous three years, Oregon received a combined $1.2 million. Business Oregon has provided grants to 153 Oregon small businesses, producing a reported $36 million in immediate export sales. That’s a return of $31 in export sales for every $1 in federal grants provided.

To qualify, at least 75 percent of the company's employees must be employed in Oregon.

The Small Business Administration grants can assist firms with overseas marketing, including booth fees at international trade shows. About 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., but less than 1 percent of U.S. small businesses export. The State Trade and Export Promotion grants encourage small businesses to pursue growing sales globally, which can drive job growth locally.

For more information, go to http://development.oregon4biz.com/

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness, and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/Economic Edge.