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New Headquarters Drives US Market’s Nationwide Expansion

Written by Carlin Croff on Jul. 17th, 2024

US Market, a nationwide convenience store network, has moved into a spacious new headquarters on Lancaster Drive, marking a significant milestone in its commercial growth. It’s an upgrade of more than 6,000 sq. ft. Leadership says this is only the beginning.

Founded as a single convenience store in Silverton, Oregon, in 1998, Lal and Don Sidhu have tran…

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Heroes Tap House Bar and Grill Honors Heroes and Hopes to Prevent Future Tragedies

Written by Luis Ramirez on Jul. 17th, 2024

Heroes Tap House Bar and Grill has been a staple in South Salem for almost a decade with a superhero theme dedicated to their son behind the name of business.

Donovan and Kari Wallace opened up Heroes to honor their son Blayk, who passed away in a drowning accident. Amidst the tragedy, the couple wanted to honor him and found that owning a business was th…

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World Beat Festival celebrates multiculturalism and stimulates Salem economy

Written by Carlin Croff on Jun. 29th, 2024

Salem Multicultural Institute turns Riverfront Park into a vibrant cultural hub this weekend for the annual World Beat Festival, offering diverse experiences and a boost for the economy.

The Festival began in 1998 in response to an act of racism in a local high school, with the goal of uniting the Salem community . Organizers hoped to break down cultu…

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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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Oregon DEI: Dead or Alive?

Written by Promise King on Jun. 25th, 2024

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in Oregon are dying a slow death.

Whether you support DEI or not, it is hard to ignore, the reticent tirades from the right and the knee-jerk reactions from the left. Many wonder about the future of DEI while reflecting on the complex interplay between historical exclusion and contemporary efforts toward …

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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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Avelo Airlines Expands Service in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Apr. 28th, 2024

Avelo Airlines is set to introduce an additional flight from Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) starting in early May. This expansion, beginning on May 3, aims to connect travelers with the Bay Area and California's Wine Country via Sonoma County Airport (STS), with flights scheduled twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

Madison Jones, Avelo's West Coast Commun…

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Decision 2024: Salem’s Economic future at the Forefront of City Elections

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Apr. 26th, 2024

As Salem gears up for its city council and mayoral elections on May 21st, the business community will see significant distinctions between the candidates on key economic issues. The spotlight has particularly fallen on the contentious payroll tax proposal of 2023, which has become a dividing line for how the candidates each approach taxes and their overall philosophy of governance.

Last summer, by a vote of 5 to 4, the Mayor and City Council approved a payroll tax on Salem workers. The proponents of the tax argued that the city needed more revenue to cover increased city spending. The tax would have cost the average worker $500 per year. Knowing it would likely be defeated at the ballot box, the Mayor and Council defeated an effort by …

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Rich Duncan Construction Celebrates VP of Operations’ 20th Anniversary

Written by Luis Ramirez on Apr. 9th, 2024

Nate Cook, Vice President of Operations at Rich Duncan Construction, recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Cook, a business partner at the firm, was honored with a celebration marking this significant milestone.

"We organized a social hour at Rudy’s, where Rich surprised him with a blue Corvette," said Brooke Scott, Communications C…

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