April 16, 2021 - Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act bad for business

By National Federation of Independent Business The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, issued the following statement from NFIB Senior Manager of Federal Government Relations Jeff Brabant following the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. “The small […]

April 15, 2021 - How Oregon’s recessions compares

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The Oregon Employment Department released the March 2021 jobs report. Overall the new data shows what we are expecting is the beginning of a robust recovery. Last month Oregon saw more than 20,000 jobs added. Most of the gains were in Leisure […]

April 14, 2021 - NIKE sues over rap star’s Satan shoes

By Oregon Small Business Association Nike has sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc. of trademark infringement after the art collective modified black and red Nike Air Max 97 sneakers with a bronze pentagram charm and drop of human blood and sold them as Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes,” sparking a backlash […]

April 13, 2021 - Restaurants urge changes in Covid metrics

By Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, The framework for mitigating Covid risk in Oregon across a variety of industries has changed once again with newly established statewide hospitalization metrics among other factors defining Oregon’s new ‘Extreme Risk’ category. As a result, all Oregon counties for the first time in many […]

April 12, 2021 - Business offers idea on how to spend $6B Rescue Grant

By Oregon Business Industry, A broad coalition of business associations and chambers of commerce from around Oregon submitted a joint letter to Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leadership detailing recommendations for how to spend the nearly $6 billion that is coming to the state now that the American Rescue Plan […]

April 9, 2021 - Job openings hit record level

By NFIB, According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 42% (seasonally adjusted) of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, a record reading. The March reading is 20 points higher than the 48-year historical average of 22%. “Where small businesses do have open positions, […]

April 8, 2021 - Oregon brewers hit harder

COVID-19 Impacts on Oregon’s Breweries and Pubs By Oregon Employment Department Last year was difficult for many types of businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the way we engage the economy. Breweries and brewpubs had been posting slower rates of growth before the onset of the pandemic, but the closure […]

April 7, 2021 - Lawmakers surrendering bargaining power, cost control to unions

By Vlad Yurlov Cascade Policy Institute Say your roof is leaking and you call a roofer for a quote. If they say “I’ll have to charge you the highest rate in the region” before saying hello, you’d probably just hang up. Oregon’s leaky roof is infrastructure spending. Instead of hanging […]

April 6, 2021 - ORLA calls foul over random restaurant dining caps

By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, The framework for mitigating Covid risk in Oregon across a variety of industries has come with a certain level of experimentation by the Oregon Health Authority as they determine business restrictions during the ongoing health emergency. One of those experiments not followed by virtually […]

April 5, 2021 - Portland studio wins a Grammy

By Oregon Small Business Association, Mr. Rogers died in 2003, but his music live on—and even won a Grammy this year for a Portland company that reissued a compilation of his songs. Omnivore Recordings won the award in the Best Historical Album category for It’s Such a Good Feeling: The […]