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Local teachers awarded grant money through Maps Teacher Grant program

Written on Jan. 12th, 2023

Maps Community Foundation awards $25,000 in teacher grants this year

SALEM, Ore. 13 Dec. 2022 - Maps Community Foundation announces 25 grant awards to K-12 teachers from around the Mid-Willamette Valley. In total, the Foundation will award $25,000 in teacher grants this year. Grant awards are for classroom and schoolwide projects benefiting local stud…

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Fuego Latin Club Opens Up in Keizer

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 16th, 2022

KEIZER- The Mid-Willamette area is now the home to its first Latin dance club as Fuego Latin Club (3393 River Rd. N, Keizer) opened their doors in October.

Fuego Latin Club is the brainchild of Jose Luis Pantaleon, a local entrepreneur who owns a staffing company named Agri-Staff in addition to the club.

He’d previously owned Area 51 bar and grill in…

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Salem Harvest: A Step Forward in Our Community

Written on Dec. 16th, 2022

Feeding hungry families by harvesting food that would go to waste Salem Harvest is a non-profit organization and its principal purpose is the distribution of food without charge to children or homeless, unemployed, elderly, or low-income individuals. Since 2010 more than three and a half million pounds of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables have been donated providing direct support for thousands of hungry families …

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Hotel to Bring 127 New Rooms to Salem, Oregon

Written on Dec. 16th, 2022

SALEM, Ore. – December 2, 2022 – Coast Hospitality Management announced today the “topping off” of its new hotel in Salem, Oregon, signifying that the structural framework is now complete. The new 127-room hotel is slated to open in January 2023.   "Today is a significant milestone for the construction of this property and a testament to the skill and diligence of all parties inv…

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Small Business Holiday Report

Written on Dec. 16th, 2022
According to reports released earlier this month by American Express, 53% of small businesses are adjusting budgets in preparation for additional costs Small Business Holiday Report, which highlights the major trends among U.S. small businesses heading into the holidays. Polling 550 small business leaders, the report shows that the businesses surveyed are ge…
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NFIB STUDY: SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLE WITH INFLATION, LABOR SHORTAGES

Written by NFIB Press Release on Dec. 16th, 2022
NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index declined 0.8 points in October to 91.3, which is the 10th consecutive month below the 49-year average of 98. Thirty-three percent of owners reported that inflation was their single most important problem in operating their business, three points higher than September’s reading and four points lower than July’s highe…
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Holiday Growth up 6-8%

Written by National Retail Federation on Dec. 16th, 2022
Holiday spending is expected to be healthy even with recent inflationary challenges, as the National Retail Federation today forecast that holiday retail sales during November and December will grow between 6% and 8% over 2021 to between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion. Last year’s holiday sales grew 13.5% over 2020 and totaled $889.3 billion, shattering…
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How a looming rail strike would affect businesses, consumers

Written by Associated Press on Dec. 16th, 2022
American consumers and nearly every industry will be affected if freight trains grind to a halt. While the current administration has passed a forced hand to railroad workers this isn’t the end.  One of the biggest rail unions rejected their deal every time it was brought up for lack of paid sick leave. While they can’t strike at the moment, they c…
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Salem/Keizer Non-Profit Christmas Initiatives

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 16th, 2022

CAPITAL FC Capital FC had their annual CFC Soccer Ball Auction and Benefit on November 19, which helped raise money to support scholarships for their youth-based programs.  “We raised more than ever, and this will allow us to continue to provide quality programming and scholarships to the nearly 40% of our kids that receive financial assistance to participate,â…

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Maps members on track to give back more than $130,000 to the community in 2022

Written on Dec. 16th, 2022
Where a penny still makes a difference in Marion and Polk counties   Many of us would like to maximize our giving locally and are not aware of easy opportunities to make a significant impact. Take Maps Credit Union’s Free Community Checking program, for example. When a Maps member uses his or her debit card, Maps donates a penny back into the commun…
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