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Family-Owned and Pacific Northwest-Founded Peninsula Truck Lines Celebrates 70th Anniversary

April 1, 2021

From day one in 1951 when three family members started trucking between Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington, to today, it has been quite a ride. Peninsula operated in a heavily regulated industry with both rates and routes controlled by the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Expansion of territory was mostly…

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12 Things You Can Do To Future Proof Yourself.

January 5, 2021

By Jim Teece Publisher – SouthernOregonBusiness.com Things change very quickly. Even though there is a calendar rhythm to life it moves at a very fast pace and if you aren’t careful you may find yourself not relevant in the future. I started Project A 31 years ago. In those years I have seen an insane…

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Southern Oregon Business Awards for 2020

January 5, 2021

By Jim Teece Publisher – SouthernOregonBusiness.com What a crazy year. From Pandemic shut downs to fires that wiped out entire communities in Southern Oregon, 2020 is a year that will never be forgotten, yet will want to be forgotten by many.  During this year I directly witnessed great leadership and courage and I wanted to…

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A crazy year in Review – Top 10 articles of 2020

January 4, 2021

By Jim TeecePublisher – SouthernOregonBusiness.com I am able to tell many things about the people that come to our website and what they do once they are on it because we use Google Analytics on the site. It’s a free and great tool for marketing but also looking back and seeing what the most popular…

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Ashland Chamber launches new eCommerce site for all Brick and Mortar stores in Ashland

December 21, 2020

Like the rest of us, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work pivoting to stay alive while continuing to reach out and help Ashland’s small business economy in every way it can, since the shutdowns started in March. Thanks to a Grant from Business Oregon, and a passionate and experienced online expert…

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Employees from every department in Jackson County were part of the Fire Response and Running of the Evacuation Center at the Expo.

December 8, 2020

I wrote an article last month about the expo staff and what they did after the fire to stand up an evacuation center. Because I am on the fair board, it blew me away how a small team could react to crisis during a pandemic shut down and I wanted to share that story. But…

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10 Rural Community Projects Get a Boost from Business Oregon

December 8, 2020

Rural entrepreneurs, from Eastern Oregon to the coast, are awarded tens of thousands in funding RURAL OREGON – Business Oregon announced investments in ten rural community projects throughout the state under the Rural Opportunities Initiative (ROI). The ROI is an initiative that works with communities to cultivate local environments that support entrepreneurs and small businesses.…

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Working from Home on the Decline, and Outlook for Downtowns

December 8, 2020

Working from home has been a key economic response to the pandemic. As detailed before, about 1 in 3 workers are theoretically work remotely. We know that number was higher earlier this year as working from home wasn’t so much about optimal business operations as it was to stop the spread of the virus and…

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Thank you Congressman Greg Walden for your service to our state and for being so nice.

November 6, 2020

I sat down, virtually via Zoom, with Congressman Greg Walden, a year to the day after he declared that he would not seek re-election to thank him for his service and ask him a few questions about what it has been like for him during the last year in office. Greg serves as the only…

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The Staff at the Jackson County Expo are some of the unsung heroes in the Almeda Fire.

November 6, 2020

When Helen Funk arrived at the expo on September 8, she knew it was mowing day. Since COVID shutdown the expo in March, she had laid off maintenance staff and the job of grounds upkeep fell to her. She learned how to safely drive the tractor and mow the lawns. As she was mowing, she…

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Ashland community launches new site to attract the next generation of workers and employers to town

November 6, 2020

When the pandemic sent us all working from home, many of the high tech workers in the big cities realized that they could work from anywhere and many started looking. A group of folks came together in Ashland to create a video series that told the story of living and working remotely in Ashland with…

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Fire Information Website Launched to Help Rogue Valley Residents Rebuild

October 9, 2020

A new website for official wildfire recovery information is now available at RogueValleyRebuilds.org.  Aimed at those affected by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, it brings together information from multiple organizations involved in the rebuilding effort. “Recovering from these fires is a regional challenge.  The County and affected Cities can’t do it individually, and the State and…

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