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Portland Studio Wins a Grammy

By Oregon Small Business Association Mr. Rogers died in 2003, but his music lives 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 Best of Mister Rogers, which […]

Beaverton Restaurant Cheated 39 Workers on Payroll

By Oregon Small Business Association The U.S. Labor Department has ordered the owners of a Beaverton restaurant to pay more than $400,000 in back pay to its 39 employees. Buffet Palace paid a flat monthly wage to its employees, no matter how many hours they worked, resulting at times in an hourly wage of $5, […]

Restaurants Slow to Re-Open Despite Lifted Rules

By Oregon Small Business Association Although Multnomah County restaurants area can reopen to serve customers indoors, many owners and operators hesitate to invest in rehiring workers and restocking kitchens when a spike in coronavirus cases could force them to shut their doors again. The uncertainty for restaurant owners, who have been forced twice in the […]

Survey: 81% Businesses Witnessing Crime Increase

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation A survey by the Oregon Small Business Association Foundation has revealed that roughly 81% of the small business community is witnessing an increase in criminal activity. This crime wave on top of a pandemic and lockdown makes it unbearable for small business. For one Farmers Market Owner, crime is […]

$100M Set Aside for Business Rent Relief

By Oregon Small Business Association Business owners who have fallen behind on their rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic may receive help from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, which is managing the $100 million set aside by state lawmakers for rent relief. But receiving the money may take four to six weeks as […]

Landlords Sue Portland, Multnomah Cty and State

By Oregon Small Business Association Multifamily Northwest, a group of landlords contending that renters are between $800 million and $900 million behind in payments, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Oregon State, Multnomah County, and the city of Portland. The suit was filed after the Oregon State Legislature approved more money for landlords whose […]

No Cases Tied to Gyms. Time to Re-Open

By Oregon Small Business Association, Citing a University of Oregon study, the owners of Planet Fitness have urged Gov. Kate Brown to reopen gyms because they pose fewer risks of spreading coronavirus than bars or restaurants. While accepting the need for some restrictions, the owners say Oregon is one of only five states to close […]

70,000 Oregonians face Christmas Day Expiration of Jobless Benefits

By Oregon Small Business Association While Scrooge may tear unemployment benefits from up to 70,000 Oregonians the day after Christmas, when the federal CARES Act expires, most may be given a 13-week reprieve with a shift to a new program. Congress extended the unemployment benefits awarded under the CARES Act passed in March from 26 […]

Gresham firm to make millions of N95 masks

By Oregon Small Business Association The global spike in coronavirus cases is paying off for a manufacturing company in Gresham, which has switched from creating recycled containers to making N96 masks and face shields.

Metro wage tax to hit 70% of all workers

By Oregon Small Business Association One of the biggest businesses taxes is before METRO-area voters this week. It is Ballot Measure 26-218, and it is a wage tax that will hit larger employers, which represent nearly 70% of all workers in the Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County.