Spring Savings at Commonwealth Garden

SAVE $$   This week save 20% on all Vegetable Starts

This is the perfect opportunity to try something new like Green Zebra tomato or our “Favorite” – Fantastic (Yes, the flavor is “fantastic”). 

Word on the street from one of our “Older” therefore experienced customers is that 5 Star Grape is the perfect tomato for drying.  They are tiny so dry quickly & have a wonderful, sweet, tangy flavor.  (Granny’s gonna have to try this)

Also, the Harvest Supreme sale continues until May 31.  Buy 3 and get one FREE.  $8.99 a 2 cu. ft. bag and with the sale works out to approximately $6.20 per bag.  Harvest Supreme is a soil amendment that includes chicken manure, bat guano & more.  Add organic matter to your clay soil & feed the microscopic organisms necessary for plant growth.

See you in the Garden! Granny Organic


Buying Locally Creates More Local Wealth and Jobs

Numerous studies have shown each dollar spent at a locally owned, independent businesses creates far greater community wealth. The most recent, published by Civic Economics and Local First Utah in August of 2012, Locally-owned retailers were found to spend 52% of their revenues in the local economy, compared to just 14% with chain retailers. Click the graph for the full story.

Small Business Saturday® is November 24th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

It’s Small Business Saturday, and this year, it’s happening on November 24th.

Shop Small this November 24th, and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

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Featured Member: Absolute Audio-Video

1630 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR. 97471



Absolute Audio-Video is a local “Technology and Integration Specialists” company. We have been designing, installing, and maintaining integrated technology systems for new and existing homes and offices in the Douglas County area since 2003. Basically, we create smart homes and offices!

We love our community and try to shop locally as much as possible. We believe strongly in supporting small businesses in the greater Roseburg area. As a small business ourselves, we know only too personally how hard it is to stay competitive when consumers shop the Internet or retail chains.

Rod Muzzy started Absolute Audio-Video in 2003. He began with the desire to provide home theater products and services to clients. However, he soon realized that this was only a small part of what is available in the consumer electronics industry. We now focus on integrating all the subsystems in a home (audio, video, lighting, HVAC, security, etc.) to provide our clients with an extraordinary way to live in and interact with their homes and businesses.

Grand Re-Opening!

Come visit us at our new location! Now located at 2031 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, between Champion Car Wash and Quality Fence.  Offering integrative medical and complimentary wellness services.

Holistic Nutrition for the Whole You – Tammera Karr, PhDHolistic Nutrition Grand Opening
Aesthetic Medical Artistry – Mary Hagood,  FNP-C
Advanced Biofeedback - Susan Tyler, CQBS
Affordable Integrative Medicine – Dr. Darryl George




Tim Allen – Small, locally-owned businesses have been source of employment growth

Did you know that from 1992-2008 in Douglas County

  • Employment grew by 8281 positions (excluding Government).

  • Non-locally owned business added 1081 positions (all sizes of business).

  • All locally owned businesses employing over 10 people added 1921 positions.
  • Locally owned businesses, employing less than 10 people added 5279 positions. That is far more than the larger businesses and non-locally owned businesses combined!

If you look, in all 3 recessionary periods during that time, the stability and help in employment from small business tremendously outpaced larger and non-resident owned businesses combined.
These statistics and much more can be found at the following two websites:


While investing in small business does come with greater risk, I believe there are things that can be done to significantly reduce the likely hood of small business failure. My observation has been that many of the entrepreneurs in our area are trying to start a business with a lack of business experience or training, and capital. If we were to tie capital incentives to training, it could have a profound effect on the survival rate. I’m not suggesting that all new businesses receive growth capital, but having access to an attorney and a CPA are something that would be of benefit, and probably not require a significant investment by an economic development entity.

A relationship between the training programs and the capital source could go a long way toward making sure any monetary investments are directed toward the businesses most likely to succeed. Business performance requirements would be a method of making sure the investment remains a beneficial one. I feel these sorts of investments could be self sustaining at some point, provided they are structured correctly.

The public revenue implications are significant when comparing small business to the non-locally owned. Its times like these when Americans are known to dig in and make things happen. Changes are happening all around us, let’s make sure we’re thinking about and doing what we can to steer them in a direction that will have a lasting benefit to the community.

Tim Allen
Vice President – Think Local Umpqua
Owner – Roseburg Rental

Business Performance 10, Access to Capital 0

By: Tim Allen

In my last article I indicated a disagreement with one of the statistics in the information received from an American Rental Association survey. They had indicated that the credit markets were loosening up (as does Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke), and I challenged that perhaps either regionally or for large business that may be the case, but not locally for small businesses.

I won’t bore you with details, but with a 53% year to date growth over last year in gross revenue, my 8 year old business continues to find ways to grow substantially. However, I was recently turned down by our local banks for capital to finance further growth. I’ve had several professionals in the field look through our financials and indicate the business is doing quite well. I have to wonder, if a business with growth and financials such as ours can’t access capital, what business can? In Think Local Umpqua, a local non-profit geared toward independently owned small business, the topic of access to capital comes up frequently. While many of the member businesses are relatively young such as mine, many have been around for a very long time, most contribute to the local employment pool, yet none are able to find financing for growth.

Unfortunately I’m not able to come up with a silver bullet for this issue, or even a lead pellet for that matter. There are many local entrepreneurs with good ideas that could create jobs in small scale manufacturing, or service related fields such as ours.  While the economic conditions in general aren’t good, in some markets the pull back by large corporations has left a potential for local businesses to gain significant market share.  In this void are significant employment opportunities.

I would guess that any of the large corporations that left town with the downfall of the economy could (and very likely have) access to bank financing options for their business. Bailouts for large companies have been prevalent, but none of this has helped our local economy. It seems to me investment locally is the logical best bet for our community. The question is, what methods exist if not through the local banks? There is a great deal of effort being put into local economic development. I am continuously amazed by the amount of volunteer hours I see being put in by highly capable local residents, as well as the efforts put in by paid staff and elected officials. Unfortunately, financing this development is one area that doesn’t seem to come up, as though it will just work itself out.

In a business class several years ago, the instructor made a comment that growth beyond 20% per year will typically require capital from outside the business. That is just one more bottle neck that will need to be resolved to get our employment figures back on track. If we could figure this dilemma out, and get more market share into our locally owned businesses, the increased tax revenue that results (from profits and professional/administrative investments made locally) would be a substantial boon to the local public budgets. I would certainly welcome any idea’s you may be able to share.

Tim Allen
Vice President – Think Local Umpqua
Owner – Roseburg Rental

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