March 31, 2020 - Small business pleads lawmakers to halt destructive CAT tax

By Oregon Small Business Association The Oregon Small Business Association urges Legislature to stop the destructive CAT tax immediately. The first quarterly estimated payments for Oregon’s new “Corporate Activities Tax” on sales (not profits) are due April 30, even as many businesses’ cash flows collapse under Gov. Kate Brown’s orders […]

March 16, 2020 - WA, CA closing restaurants, bars. Oregon may be next.

By Oregon Small Business Association, California, Washington, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts take measures to close (or encourage closing of) restaurants and bars. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in his statement that “hours count and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease.” California Governor Gavin Newsom […]

March 4, 2020 - Portland-based Wildfang sues Target’s Wild Fable

(Photo: WildFang T-shirt) By Oregon Small Business Association, Wildfang, a company started in Portland in 2013, has filed a lawsuit against Target alleging the department store chain’s new Wild Fable clothing line infringes on its trademark. In a lawsuit filed Feb. 4 in the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Wildfang […]

February 10, 2020 - Only three medical pot shops left

By Oregon Small Business Association With the legalization of recreational marijuana five years ago, Oregon has seen medical dispensaries of the drug dwindle to only three. According to the Portland Business Journal, the state was once home to 425 licensed medical dispensaries. Most switched to selling recreational marijuana by the […]

February 5, 2020 - Bill mandates stores require cash

By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon businesses that accept only credit or debit cards for payment may be required to take cash under a bill proposed by Rep. Janell Bynum, D-Clackamas. She said refusing to accept cash discriminates against people of color who are five times less likely than whites […]

January 28, 2020 - Petition aims to limit self-checkout lanes

By Oregon Small Business Association, (Photo: Flickr, Magnus Masnke) Union leaders who want to limit the number of self-checkout stands in Oregon stores to no more than two can soon begin gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot in November. The Oregon AFL-CIO must collect 112,020 signatures on […]

January 22, 2020 - Oregon ice cream biz gets Dwayne Johnson backing

By Oregon Small Business Association, Salt & Straw is rocking its portfolio with reports that famed wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson and his business partner have invested in the Portland-based ice cream chain. The Oregonian reported that Johnson, aka the Rock, and Dany Garcia acquired part ownership of the company […]

January 6, 2020 - Les Schwab looking for buyer

By Oregon Small Business Association, Tire king Les Schwab Tire Centers may sell its 450 stores in a deal that could garner at least $3 billion, according to sources who didn’t want to be identified. The company, founded in 1952, has stores in 10 states with the real estate alone […]

December 10, 2019 - Nike pulls out of Amazon

By Oregon Small Business Association, Nike shoes and other products won’t be available at after the sports apparel company severed its two-year relationship with the giant online retailer. Customers will be able to buy Nike products directly from the company’s website, app, and outlet stores or at brick-and-mortar retailers […]

November 27, 2019 - Ruling: Union caused $93 million in port damages

By Oregon Small Business Association, After a two-week federal civil trial, jurors determined that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Local 8 in Portland caused $93.6 million in damages to the last container ship terminal operator at the Port of Portland. ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operated a container ship […]