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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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What Primary Election Winners Should Know

Written by Anthony K Smith on Jun. 13th, 2022
Congratulations to all the primary election candidates who emerged victorious May Whether Democrat or Republican, almost every candidate offered some opinion about small business, and, as most politicians do, they said things like, “We need to provide more support for our small businesses because they are the backbone of Oregon’s economy.”   Whi…
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Award-Winning ‘Best Damn BBQ Sauce’ Was Founded in Salem

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

SALEM- Mike White was standing in front of his fridge one day searching for the perfect sauce, but couldn’t find what he wanted so he decided to try his hand at creating his own sauce.

“I had a lot of sauces in my refrigerator and I’m the dude that would go to the farmers market and buy sauce,” White said. I want to taste different sauces and I could…

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Local Elections

Written on Jun. 13th, 2022

May 17th marked a turning point in Oregon politics for 2022. With the conclusion of primary races across the State, Oregon voters now have a clear view of the final slate of individuals who will be vying for elected office in our state. Below is a preview of races which have a direct impact on the Salem community, a recap of how the races turned out, and what Salem voters may expect in the months to come in the lead up to the November 8th general election.…

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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 Jacqueline Smith 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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Does Your Business Have Anti-Fans?

Written by Mary Louise VanNatta on Jun. 13th, 2022

  Engagement, whether positive or negative, is still engagement. Any entity with exposure to the public is likely to attract its share of online fans. People love to follow celebrities, bands, and favorite brands. However, there’s always that group who engage purely to actively express dislike or disdain for a person or company. Welcome to the world of the â…

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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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