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JACKSONVILLE — The December Jefferson Grapevine event has been switched to Thursday, Dec. 13, to accommodate speaker Mike Duncan of Palo Alto Software.

Potential applicants for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment competition are encouraged to attend to receive insider tips to creating a winning business plan.

The event, staged by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc., runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bigham Knoll Event Center, 525 Bigham Knoll. The cost is $10.

EUGENE — The latest University of Oregon Regional Economic Index shows the Rogue Valley region continues to make steady, albeit slow gains. The six-month moving average stands at a minus 0.62 reading from its 14-year average, compared to minus-0.83 a year ago. Like Central Oregon, high rates of unemployment and limited new residential construction continue to weigh on the measure.

While Portland and Salem have dropped recently, the Eugene-Springfield area is showing more consistent improvement, with the last three readings all near or above zero. A sharp decline in initial unemployment claims supported this month's number.

The Portland District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is soliciting nominations for the 2013 Small Business Week Awards.

There are 14 award categories for nominations, including Small Business Person of the Year, Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery and Small Business Subcontractor of the Year. Another award will go to the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for providing the government with outstanding goods and services as a prime contractor.

For more categories and information, go to sba.gov/or.

Compiled from staff reports

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