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Grant Applications Open to Organizations Advancing Economic Equity

January 14, 2023

Business Oregon has opened a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for the Economic Equity Investment Program—a new program created to promote durable economic advancement among historically marginalized communities.  The Economic Equity Investment Program (EEIP) offers nearly $15 million in grant funding to culturally responsive organizations to provide outreach, support, and resources to eligible beneficiaries to…

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Business Oregon Awards Funding for Innovation Projects in Business and Industry

January 14, 2023

Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) is awarding nearly $1 million in a new round of funding to support innovation in Oregon. Eleven recipients will receive awards from two grant programs, the High Impact Opportunity Projects (HIOP) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) matching grants.  “Business Oregon, through Oregon InC, is pleased…

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Rural Oregon Cities Receive Business Oregon Community Development Block Grants

January 14, 2023

Business Oregon is supporting eight city projects statewide through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program supports the development of livable communities by expanding economic opportunities and providing suitable housing and living environments for persons of low and moderate income. These eight grants total $10,582,401 and assist rural communities with funding for…

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Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek takes office with a promise to ‘make things better’

January 14, 2023

As she took office as governor Monday, Tina Kotek promised to wake up every day with a mission: to take on Oregon’s biggest challenges and make things better.  “It’s a simple idea – making things better – but as we all know, a difficult thing to achieve,” she told members of the Oregon House and…

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I am extremely sad about my vote for Tina Kotek in the Oregon Governor’s Election of 2022

November 10, 2022

By Joel Barker Opinion Disclaimer : The views and opinions expressed by the author do not state or reflect those of the Southern Oregon Business Journal and its management.  Today, I am casting a vote I don’t want to, for the Democrat Tina Kotek for Oregon Governor. I am despondent what the outcome will be from this…

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Are the federal stimulus payments taxed in Oregon?

November 3, 2021

By Oregon Department of Revenue The stimulus, officially called the Economic Impact Payments, are not taxed as income in Oregon. However, the payments may impact the federal tax calculations used on your Oregon income tax return.  Background  Oregon is one of six states that has a limited subtraction for federal taxes paid as part of…

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Potential 2021 Kicker Credit

September 5, 2021

Why is a kicker in the news? The Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast released February 24, 2021 indicates Oregon’s actual revenue in 2019‒21 is expected to be better than projected, raising the possibility of an Oregon state surplus income tax credit known as the “kicker” to be claimed on the 2021 tax return that will…

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The second stimulus bill and impact on housing

January 5, 2021

By Brad Cartier  stessa.com Diana Olick of CNBC opened up the week with some interesting real estate data to put 2020 to a close. Although mortgage applications fell 5% last week, they are still 26% higher than they were at the same time last year. Refinance volume jumped 4% as well last week and is…

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Governor Kate Brown Releases Recommended Budget and Policy Agenda

January 5, 2021

Budget focuses on addressing key challenges facing Oregonians to build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient state By State of Oregon Newsroom on December 1, 2020 Governor Kate Brown released her recommended budget and policy agenda for the 2021-23 biennium, which focuses on the key challenges facing Oregonians: the public health and economic impacts of…

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Oregon Business & Industry Statement on Gov. Kate Brown’s Proposed 2021-23 Budget

January 5, 2021

By Nathaniel Brown, communications director nathanielbrown@oregonbusinessindustry.com Over the last 10 months, families, businesses, and nonprofits across our state have had to tighten their belts and prioritize spending as the economic fallout from the COVID pandemic and wildfires devastated household incomes and robbed businesses and nonprofits of critical operating revenues. We expect our state leaders to do…

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Innovation Projects Throughout Oregon will Advance with New Grant Awards

December 23, 2020

December 21, 2020 Diverse innovation projects across the state are moving forward with new grant funding from Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC). Oregon InC approved 21 projects through two separate innovation programs, the High Impact Opportunity Projects grant program and Small Business Innovation Research matching grants. Business Oregon’s matching grants fill…

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State of Oregon Releases Economic and Revenue Forecast

December 8, 2020

(released on November 18, 2020) While the economic recovery continues, the virus remains in control. Expectations were already that growth would slow noticeably over the colder, wetter months ahead. The latest surge in COVID cases all but ensures it. Businesses and consumers are likely to pull back out of fear of the virus, and more…

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