October 3, 2023 - A Love Note to Portland video series

By Portland Metro Chamber of Commerce, Aluma Aesthetic Medicine expresses their appreciation for the city’s craft ethos and conveys their affection for Portland as a small business!

October 1, 2023 - Labor Dept: Changes to Fair Labor Standards Act

9/28/23: The U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposed Changes to the FLSA By Nicole Elgin & Becky Zuschlag Barran Law,   On September 8, 2023, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that would change the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for exempt executive, administrative, […]

September 28, 2023 - Chart: Oregon wages by region

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation, The annual average wage in Oregon was $64,835 , or $31.17 per hour as measured by their 2023 August report.  The report states that the lowest average wage occupation was taxi drivers at $14.72 per hour. The occupations of obstetricians and gynecologists had the […]

September 27, 2023 - Deposits slip at local banks

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, After collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March, three Oregon banks—Umpqua, Willamette Valley, and Oregon Pacific—saw fewer deposits in the second quarter of 2023, following a national trend as deposits in the first quarter dropped by $472 billion, the largest decline since 1984, according […]

September 26, 2023 - Wyden: Ban surveillance ads

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Press Release U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced legislation that prohibits advertising networks and facilitators from using personal data to target advertisements. “The first place to start in holding companies accountable is to attack the business model so many of the […]

September 25, 2023 - NIKE shareholders vote down pay disclosure rule

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, Nike’s shareholders voted against a proposal that would have required the Beaverton-based company to report unadjusted median pay gaps, which would have identified any structural pay bias against women and minorities, according to Arjuna Capital, the Massachusetts company that proposed the change.   Women […]

September 20, 2023 - Man tried to make 64 straw gun purchases

By Oregon US Attorney Press Release A self-identified member of Portland’s Unthank Park Hustlers, a local Bloods gang set, was sentenced to federal prison today for straw purchasing more than five dozen firearms from area gun shops and trafficking many of the guns to individuals prohibited by law from purchasing […]

September 19, 2023 - Hillsboro baseball team needs $20M to survive

By Oregon Small Business Association, The Hillsboro Hops could be forced to move elsewhere if the organization fails to build a new $120 million stadium that meets Major League Baseball standards, but it faces a $20 million shortfall, according to All 120 teams in the MLB must sign an […]

September 18, 2023 - Flurry of Activity from the NLRB Creates New Rules for Employers

September 13, 2023 By Nick Ball & Nicole Elgin The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued several decisions and rules in the past weeks that create new standards for covered employers. Employer’s Duty to Bargain Expanded On August 30, 2023, the Board issued two decisions (Wendt Corporation and Tecnocap, […]

September 14, 2023 - Manufacturing Roadshow Day One: 3 Iconic Oregon Employers

By Oregon Business & Industry OBI’s second annual Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow will visit three iconic Oregon employers during its first leg. These three stops will take place on Monday, Oct. 2, as the Roadshow bus makes its way from Pendleton to Hood River. The day will begin with roundtable […]