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Small Businesses in Oregon Express Concerns Over Prescription Drug Board’s Approach

Written by Wyatt Jones on Jun. 25th, 2024

Small businesses across Oregon are raising alarms about the Oregon Prescription Drug Affordability Board’s (PDAB) current strategies and practices, emphasizing potential negative impacts on their operations and employees. These businesses, often already operating on thin margins, rely heavily on affordable healthcare options to maintain workforce health

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Middle Market Optimism Surges, Small Businesses Remain Cautious, Umpqua Bank Report Finds

Written by Zev Glass on Jun. 25th, 2024

In a comprehensive study conducted by Umpqua Bank, the 2024 Business Barometer reveals a significant divergence in optimism and strategic planning between middle-market companies and small businesses in the United States. Released on June 13, 2024, the report underscores a marked increase in confidence among middle market companies, while small businesses

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The Four Pillars of Sales Tech: How To Optimize Your Sales Process

Written by James Alberson on Jun. 25th, 2024

I see four areas that require attention. We can think of these areas as four pillars – four critical supports that the most effective sales leaders take full advantage of. Building a team without taking advantage of all four pillars is, in my view, a strategic mistake.

The first pillar is sales process, which is what I’ll be looking at in this ar…

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3 Tips for Buyer-Focused Conversations

Written by James Alberson on May. 22nd, 2024

If I could share and reinforce one and only skill with a sales team this year, it would be this one: make the conversation about the buyer, as opposed to about you.

In the realm of sales, there exists a singular skill that reigns supreme: the ability to center the conversation around the buyer rather than oneself. This art of consistently steering di…

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Salem-based La Familia Cider celebrates anniversary, expands into Portland

Written by Kathy Hall on May. 22nd, 2024

La Familia Cider Company was founded by husband-and-wife team Shani and José Gonzalez.  The couple embarked on an adventure to turn their idea to create a Mexican-inspired hard cider company into a reality, opening a Salem taproom in 2017 with their family. Now they are set to open a second location early this summer in Southeast Portland.

It all be…

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Hispanic Real Estate Organization Makes Its Way to Western Oregon

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 12th, 2023

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals officially made its debut in Oregon this month after jumping through some hoops to become a full-fledged chapter.

The organization is a national one, but several Real Estate members in the community wanted to spearhead a chapter in Oregon to focus on real issues and information that goes on in…

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The President’s Pen: Salem Takes Flight

Written by Jesse Lippold Peone III on Oct. 12th, 2023

In a pivotal moment for Salem, Avelo Airlines inaugurated its first commercial flight from Salem this month, marking the city's re-emergence into the aviation sector since the early 2000s. Not merely a cost-effective and convenient option, the revival of commercial flights symbolizes a maturing community and reflects the Salem Community’s collective amb

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Oregon’s Community Hospitals Struggle with Financial Woes Amid Rising Labor Costs and Government Mandates

Written by Ángela Andrada on Sep. 20th, 2023

Oregon’s community hospitals are grappling with ongoing financial challenges, despite marginal improvements in certain aspects. According to data provided by Apprise Health Insights, an entity affiliated with the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the state’s 62 community hospitals suffered a collective loss of $414 million during the

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Oregon Businesses Grapple with Rising Costs: A Deeper Look

Written by Zev Glass on Sep. 20th, 2023

Oregon's flourishing landscapes and bustling cities have always been a testament to its growth and potential. Yet, recent findings have given businesses and families cause for concern. As of this spring, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center has ranked Oregon as the state with the 8th highest cost of living in the United States.

While stat…

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Legislature Working to Increase Construction Regulation Authority

Written by Mark Long on Jun. 14th, 2023

Construction bills in an Oregon legislative session are typically focused on prevailing wage,

apprenticeship, and public contracting. However, this year dollars in federal spending bills come

attached to their own set-in-stone standards.

Oregon legislative leaders are instead focusing their efforts on expanding state agency


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