June 28, 2018 - Minimum Wage rises July 1st

By Cascade Employers Association, So you may have heard rumblings about companies who are paying astronomical minimum wage rates. A California fast food restaurant recently reported they will be raising minimum wage to $17.00 per hour for their employees.

June 27, 2018 - Restaurants making profits off their restrooms

By Oregon Small Business Association Restaurants and bars in New York City, facing higher costs such as from minimum wage hikes, are selling use of their restrooms and space in their buildings to bring in extra money. The Lower East Side’s Hotel Chantelle and a half dozen other businesses are […]

June 26, 2018 - Statewide tour charts Oregon’s business future

By Oregon Business & Industry Business and community leaders from all parts of Oregon recognize the urgent need for state budget and tax reforms – especially addressing the rising PERS pension costs sapping budgets for schools, local governments and state services. That’s what Oregon Business Plan partners learned over the […]

June 25, 2018 - NIKE banned from helping Iran team

By Oregon Small Business Association, Iran’s National Soccer team scrambled to find footwear only a few days before competing in the World Cup in Russia this month after Nike announced it could no longer supply the team with boots because of economic sanctions. Nike had provided the squad with boots […]

June 21, 2018 - Oregon bankers get prison for fraud, false docs

By Oregon US Attorney Press Release, Bank of Oswego Executives Sentenced to Federal Prison After Jury Conviction for Fraud In federal court, Dan Heine and Diana Yates were sentenced to 24 and 18 months in prison, respectively, for bank fraud and falsifying bank entries, reports, and transactions. A jury convicted […]

June 20, 2018 - 10 key factors in baseball coming to Portland

By Oregon Small Business Association A group that includes a former Nike vice president and the former television voice of the Portland Trail Blazers wants to build a major league-ready ballpark. They’ve made offers on at least two pieces of land, including the current headquarters of the Portland Public Schools […]

June 19, 2018 - Oregon Forecast: Continued robust growth

Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for April 2018. The release date is June 7, 2018. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity fell in April to 0.43 from a March reading of […]

June 18, 2018 - Crystal skull vodka case impacts branding rules

By Julianne Henley Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn NW Law firm, Almost everything about Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka is unique: according to the company’s website, distilled corn and peaches are mixed with “pristine water from Newfoundland,” then the liquor is filtered through semi-precious crystals known as “Herkimer diamonds.” The […]

June 15, 2018 - Congress plans Tax Reform Part 2

Speaker Paul Ryan aims to make 2017 Tax Cuts permanent. By National Small Business Association, On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), following passage earlier that week by the Senate and House—both along party lines. The bill is […]

June 14, 2018 - Schrader on rights for Oregon immigrant detainees

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader Press Release, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with House members Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, demanded that the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately allow individuals being held at a federal prison in Sheridan, […]