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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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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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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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A Pulse On Unemployment In Salem 

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Jun. 17th, 2022

The impact the pandemic had on employment can’t be overstated, as job losses in the spring of 2020 were comparable to those of the Great Depression. However, unlike prior recessions, the rebound was swift: over 60% of jobs lost returned a year later, and total employment today is just a percentage point lower than the pre-COVID peak. Yet while many locatio…

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Are Salem-Keizer incomes keeping pace with inflation?

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Jun. 13th, 2022

While some workers have seen their wage gains outpace inflation, others haven’t - and rising prices have effectively given them a pay cut. Even before the current run of inflation, many workers were already in a challenging position due to slow wage growth relative to prices over the last decade. Changes in cost of living have also affected workers differe…

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Emerging Leader- June 2022

Written by Jacob Espinoza  on Jun. 13th, 2022
Name: Kyle Brouse  Title: Insurance Agent, Salem Insurance Agency How do you define leadership? The ability to selflessly put others first in order to push forward for the greater good. What accomplishment you are most proud of in the last 12 months? What obstacles did you have to overcome? I’m most proud of betting on myself in the las…
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Nonprofit Organization: Paralyzed Veterans of America 

Written by on Jun. 13th, 2022
Nonprofit Organization: Paralyzed Veterans of America  Tri-State Chapter  National Hire a Veteran Day  Monday, July 25th  Every year, there are approximately 200,000 military people that will leave the uniformed services.  When these outstanding servicemen and women return to the civilian population, many will struggle through a …
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Women-Owned Businesses Team Up

Written by Salem Business Journal Staff on Jun. 13th, 2022

  About 50 women business owners gathered together at one of Salem’s co-working spaces (Co.Working), where they put competition aside. They took some time to be open, honest, and real about the challenges that their businesses are facing.    It all started when Kara Campuzano had a dozen or so friends over one night. What started as a social even…

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