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HB 2006: Homeowners fret over losing mortgage deduction

By Oregon Small Business Association, A typical monthly mortgage payment consists of two parts: a repayment on a part of the principle borrowed, and an additional amount based on the interest rate the mortgager charges for the loan. These two items (“principal and interest” or P&I) are added together into one payment for the property […]

Oregon top consumer complaints

According to the Oregon Attorney General Office list of incoming calls of complaints, the number one complaint (repeating last year’s number one ranking) is imposter scam calls.  These calls make up more complaints than the remaining 9 other categories. See the list below for yourself. 1. Imposter Scam Calls (5,049 complaints) 2. Telecommunications (941 complaints) […]

Legislators eye S-Corp and C-Corp Tax Bills

By Oregon Small Business Association, Two important business tax bills up today in a House hearing. House Bill 2831 increases to $1,000 the minimum tax paid by S corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. The tax increase would affect less than one-half of one percent of Oregon S corporations and would raise […]

SB 165 steals small business tax savings

OSBA Works Against Small Business Tax Increase By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon Small Business Association President T.J. Riley appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue  to testify against SB 165. This bill would force small businesses across Oregon to add at least one full-time equivalent employee (FTE) in order to qualify for […]

Portland band trademark case before Supreme Court

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Jan 18, 2017 If you start a rock band and give it a shocking name, can the government prevent you from trademarking it? That’s the question for the Supreme Court Wednesday as the Justices decide if the feds can discriminate against trademark applications based on the viewpoint of the speech. Simon […]

The pitfalls of employee rewards

By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Employee of the Month. Sounds like a great idea. For the price of a cheap plaque and a good parking spot, bosses can motivate employees to deliver superior service. So the thinking goes. Academics call it “status competition.” And sometimes it backfires. Wells Fargo has been […]

Rise of one-man manufacturers

The Wall Street Journal has reported on an unexpected business phenomenon in the manufacturing world.   As manufacturing jobs decline nationwide, there is an increase in one person manufacturing jobs run by businesses with only one employee.   This is proof that small business is still an important driver in jobs.

Three NW billionaires in top 25

According to Forbes which ranks the world’s billionaires, of the top 100, Phil Knight at #24 is the only Oregonian to make the list. Recently Knight made a donation of $500 million to his alma mater, the University of Oregon. The gift is the largest ever pledged to a public university. Bill Gates of Microsoft […]

Measure 97 Would Hurt Small Business

The assumption behind Measure 97 is that every corporation is profitable and that the profits that these corporations are generating are excessive. If that assumption is true, then Measure 97 makes a lot of sense. The problem is that it’s not true. Did you know that the average corporation only makes 3 percent to 8 […]

Seahawks #1 Ticket Price #3 Jerseys

This year the Seattle Seahawks finally dethroned the legacy of the New England Patriots for having the highest average ticket costs in the National Football League for secondary sales. The total costs are $466 for an average home ticket price. The Patriots were slightly behind at $454. The data comes from an online ticket re-seller […]