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Emerging Leader: July 2022

Written on Jul. 28th, 2022

Name: Alex Ferry   Title (Include Company): State Farm Insurance Agent   How do you define leadership? Someone who is disciplined in their craft that influences others around them without trying. They lead by example in a humble manner that encourages an environment of servant-based leadership. Leadership also characterizes someone who prioritizes …

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Salem Coffee Roasters Lifts Up Other Coffee Growers Around the World

Written on Jul. 28th, 2022
SALEM- Salem Coffee Roasters is bringing a unique business idea to the Salem area. Owner Lan Marberry, who also owns Bon Mua Oregon coffee here in town, wanted to create a business that helps lesser-known family coffee growers around the world. Marberry and her family grew up on a coffee farm in a small village in Vietnam. Her father helped manage the farm…
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Local Business is Blowing Up!

Written on Jul. 28th, 2022

SALEM- Rose City Balloons started as a passion and turned into a business for entrepreneur Betsy Vega.

Technically, her creativity and business began in 2007 when she began decorating her kids’ birthdays. Her son wanted a Spongebob theme for his seventh birthday and so her passion was born.

At the time, Vega had a full-time job at a cancer center in …

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Do you have the Sunday Scaries?

Written by Mary Louise VanNatta on Jul. 18th, 2022
People call it Sunday Scaries, Monday Scaries, Sunday Blues, or Sunday Night Syndrome.  Regardless, if you experience stress or worry at the end of the weekend, you may be suffering from this common anxiety condition that hits before the workweek. What are Sunday Scaries?  They are anticipatory anxiety about the upcoming week.  The popular jo…
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Change of Use is the New Theme in Commercial 

Written on Jul. 18th, 2022
Obsolete design, purposes, industries, and scale mean commercial real estate is seeing a surge in a change of use.   Car lots –a thing of the past? Vacant and half-empty auto dealerships are a sign of the times. Supply chain problems are behind it; they just can’t get the inventory. This unusual situation happens to coincide with a new era of wor…
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Salem Is the 9th Most Dependent Midsize U.S. Metro on Small Businesses

Written on Jul. 18th, 2022

You can see in a new report from Smartest Dollar looking at which U.S. locations are most dependent on small businesses, despite representing 99.9% of all businesses in the country and generating nearly half U.S. annual GDP, the role of small businesses in the economy has been on a decline for several decades. In the late 1980s, small businesses employed 54.…

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Oregon’s Latest Stab at Single Payer Health Care

Written on Jul. 15th, 2022
In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 770, which established a Task Force on Universal Health Care. This Task Force was charged with recommending a universal health care system that is equitable, affordable, and comprehensive, provides high-quality health care and is publicly funded, and is available to every individual residing in Oregon. The T…
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Be Bold, Be Aware.

Written on Jul. 15th, 2022

  Nonprofit Organization: Be Bold Street Ministries  International Overdose Awareness Day Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022   In the United States drug overdose has continued to skyrocket; From Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021, the AMA reported more than 107,000 deaths in our nation due to this crisis. With the drug Fentanyl driving this epidemic, record highs …

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Salem Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards  

Written by Wyatt Jones on Jun. 17th, 2022

SALEM OR: The Salem Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year awards took place earlier this week. Walking into the convention center downtown you would have never guessed this was the first time they had done this since 2017. People flooded under the Willamette Valley Bank banner coming together over a meal and remembrance of the prosperous community we find…

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