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Meet Bend Artist Megan Myers

August 30, 2019

by Jim Teece I had a chance to interview Bend Artist Megan Myers. Megan’s art is all over Bend and on the products that are made there.  She has been featured in other publications around the state but they focused on her art and I wanted to focus on her business.   Were you born…

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Smoke Season

Smoke Season

July 1, 2019

  For 6 weeks last year, smoke filled most of southern Oregon’s air and for many days we had the worst air quality in the nation. We were told to stay indoors and we downloaded AQI (Air Quality Index) apps that sent us daily alerts and we watched wind shifts on websites (check out windy.com for a…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

NICK BELEICIKS Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in…

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Retention and Engagement in the Modern Workplace: 4 Flexible Work Arrangements to Consider

July 1, 2019

In the age of rapidly advancing technology and constantly evolving work-life balance priorities, workers expect more flexibility than ever before. And, given the current talent crunch many businesses are facing, companies that do not embrace at least some flexibility may end up a casualty of the talent war. In a recent poll on RefreshLeadership.com, the…

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Data Beginning to Clear the Way for a Rate Cut

July 1, 2019

Central Takeaway If You Don’t Have Any Time This Morning: The Fed hastily delivered a soothing message last week by promising to act appropriately to maintain the expansion. It was hard not to read that as dovish. That combined with the employment data puts a rate cut in play this summer. Things That You Should…

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Support your county fair. It’s good business.

July 1, 2019

Be sure to visit county fairs this summer. Did you know that the county fair is a key economic driver is Oregon? Below is a list of all county fairs in Oregon from oregonfairs.org

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Energy Trust invites public input on draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

July 1, 2019

SUZETTE RILEY C+C PORTLAND, Ore. — June 26, 2019 — Energy Trust of Oregon welcomes public comment to inform its draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan builds on the organization’s successful 17-year history serving Oregon residents and businesses with clean energy solutions. Once adopted, the strategic plan will help Energy Trust achieve its goals…

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How stories from Aviation can make us better Managers

July 1, 2019

THE LEARNING CURVE, GARY ANTHES In this, the fourth installment of our six part series, we look at the role of Delivery in business value creation and examine, through the lens of lessons learned, an example of delivery from the field of aviation. The picture of Boeing’s iconic 737 airliner represents a culmination of aviation…

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Affordable Housing and Services for Farmworker Families in Oregon

June 1, 2019

The city of Forest Grove in Washington County, Oregon is located just inside the Portland metropolitan area’s urban growth boundary, and is nearly surrounded by land zoned for agriculture and forest use. In the most recent step toward meeting the need for affordable farmworker housing in Forest Grove, a nonprofit affordable housing developer completed the…

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Are Middle Market Companies Preparing for an Economic Slowdown?

June 1, 2019

The Great Recession ended in 2009 and, despite the growth that has prevailed in the decade since, many middle market business owners have been watching economic trends closely and taking steps to prepare for the time when growth stalls. While overall sentiment for the U.S. economy remains very positive, a recent KeyBank survey of 400…

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Trade Wars Heat Up with New Assault on Mexico

June 1, 2019

One way or another, President Trump is going to drag the Fed into his trade wars. Tonight Trump announced via Twitter that imports from Mexico would face a 5% beginning June 10. The tariff could rise as high as 25% unless Mexico acts to stem the flow of refugees from Central America. It’s not clear…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

June 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright How neighborhood stability hinges on expectations: If people don’t believe things are going to get better, many will leave One of the most perplexing urban problems is neighborhood decline. Once healthy, middle-class or working class-places seem to gradually (and then abruptly) fall from grace. As we documented in our report Lost in…

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