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A Few Words from Jim

October 5, 2021

The Oregon Connections Conference is celebrating 25 years of pushing and inspiring Oregon to be a leader in Broadband. I have been a part of the internet industry since it started and I wanted to focus this issue on something we all take for granted.  Broadband.  The always on, always available internet service that we…

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Embracing Uncertainty

September 5, 2021

Umpqua Bank published their 2021 business barometer report this month.  They titled it “Embracing Uncertainty” and it’s a great recap of how we all feel. I recommend you check it out. The recap is on page 12 and there is a link to the full report.  September marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. I remember…

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A Few Words from Jim

August 3, 2021

Internet!  With all of us now being able to meet in person, Zoom meetings are still a great way to meet. No drive time. Efficient. Covid accelerated our use of it and it is now a standard.  But none of it works if we don’t have internet. You can still meet in person or over…

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A Few Words from Jim – July 2021

July 5, 2021

WooHoo!  This fun phrase is used often by Helen Funk when exclaiming the great news during board meetings of the Jackson County Fair, of which I proudly serve on. She is the director and even through COVID shut the fair and expo business down for over a year she has much to celebrate, but I…

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“Moon Shot” – A Few Words from Jim – June 2021

June 9, 2021

Moon Shot Chad Sobotka’s stunning photo of the full moon over Pilot Rock is on the cover of this months journal and it sets the tone perfectly for what I have been thinking about recently.  What’s my next Moon Shot? It’s been a year since Greg retired from the journal and I took over 100%…

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A few words from Jim – May 2021

May 5, 2021

Conservation & Business Growth The two ideas seem as divided as our political parties, but in fact I’m seeing and doing both. All of my businesses are growing at incredible rates and at the same time we made it a priority to reduce our carbon footprint and help keep Oregon wild and wonderful.  I think…

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A few words from Jim – April 2021

April 4, 2021

The special report on Fire Victim Housing took me 2 days of interviews with 8 people that have been working very hard to find housing solutions for people that lost their homes in the fire.  There is a lot going on and it’s a big story. I didn’t even get a chance to share with…

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A Few Words from Jim

March 6, 2021

March already!? This month marks the 1 year anniversary of working from home via zoom for millions of workers. Vaccinations are rolling out at a brisk pace now and with spring flowers blooming, our desire to be outside and away from the computer 24×7 is stronger than the typical spring fever. I look forward to…

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A Few Words from Jim

February 4, 2021

February 2021 I’m reading (slowly) the book a friend sent to me, “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins and it got me thinking about retirement (I think a lot about retirement lately, so that I can focus more energy on this side hustle and others) and the stock market. My son texted me and…

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A Few Words from Jim

January 5, 2021

I’m writing this on the last day of 2020. It’s a fun end to a weird year. From the Global Pandemic, to our community businesses shutting down, to Fires that destroyed so many homes and businesses, to everything else we endured here in Southern Oregon, it’s easy to say good riddance to 2020 and hope…

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A Few Words from Jim

December 8, 2020

We made it.  The last month of 2020.  What a year.  COVID and statewide restrictions, PPP, PPE, Zoom, social distancing, Global Pandemic, Toilet Paper outages, Greg Retires, Riots, Wildfires and an election that redefined how we vote as a nation and that’s just the small stuff.  Regardless 2020 was not a bad year for us. …

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Looking Forward

November 6, 2020

By Jim TeeceSouthern Oregon Business Journal Publisher I stumbled into a rabbit hole. Someone sent me a report about how Oregon places next to other states as far as supporting small business and it didn’t do very well.  So I started thinking about how to minimize risk and still start a business in Oregon and…

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