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Recession hits men harder, women worse at executive level

During a recession, everybody is affected to some degree.  Corporations, manufacturers, schools, and non-profits are all cutting their losses. College graduates fear not being able to pay off expensive student loans because they can’t find a job with their new degree. People nearing retirement age have to worry about being laid off and not having […]

Small Business Testimony: How taxes are hurting my business

Small Business Testimony from a Sutherlin store onwer, Paul Rankin. Why do most politicians feel that raising taxes and doubling fees think this is helping everyone involved. Im now a very small business owner in Sutherlin, Oregon. I use to have 2 video store centers, one in Roseburg and now I only have the Sutherlin […]

Interview with State Representative Scott Bruun

Interview with State Representative Scott Bruun: By Aaron Crowley,   Scott Bruun is not your typical business owner or Oregon State Representative.   He is one of only a handful of citizen legislators serving in Salem who owns and operates a business enterprise.  This business experience brings a much needed perspective to the capital and the […]

SCHIP tax would be harmful to small business

BUSINESS ALERT: Right now, Congress is onsidering raising new taxes, includign tobacco, to help expand the federal SCHIP expansion.   The timing of such new taxes is awful for business.  Currently small businesses are being slammed on all sides!   -Oregon gas prices are among nation’s 10 highest! -Food prices are rising 5% – Utility prices are rising […]

Crowley speaks at business advisory meeting

Oregon Small Business Association Board Member, Aaron Crowley spoke at a business advisory breakfast meeting in NE Portland on May 20th.  Crowley commented on how the voice of Oregon’s small businesses needs to be restored to the public debate and discussed data on how small businesses are still teh most common catagory of business in […]

Guidelines for Portland's New Mayor

Note: As Portland considers a new mayor, an interview with Small Businessman Steve Gann of Gann Publishing was made to offer guidelines and insight on what that new mayor must do to improve Portland.             The city of Portland seems to be in chaos. Construction cost overruns, crime rampant, traffic congestions, water and sewer lines […]

Defending our cars, our freedom

Defending our cars, our freedom     Saturday, January 26. 2008 By Aaron Crowley, Oregon Small Business Association Of all the symbols of independence in America, the automobile stands out. Nothing else gives a man the ability to take any road or highway to wherever he wants to go, whenever he so desires. The Oregonian apparently has […]

Payroll Tax Alert to all Small Businesses

HB 2575 narrowly passed the Oregon House of Representatives which would raise a $35 million tax on Oregon business to pay for a particular family leave insurance fund.   It is a one cent/hour tax on all employees in Oregon.  This would effect over one million Oregonians who work.   Oregon businesses would collect and pay the […]

Small Business Association sends out 500 “Business Bill of Rights” to Portland Businesses:

In March the Oregon Small Business Association mailed out 500 “Small Business Bill of Rights” petitions to Portland businesses.  This has been a special project of Chuck Jones who is on the Portland Small Business Advisory Committee and is a Oregon Small Business Association supporter. Here is our letter: Dear Portland Business, The Portland Small […]

Big Government is Bad for Business

Jim Haynes, Small Business Coordinator for the Oregon Business Roundtable Committee and Oregon Small Business member issued a list of business that have left Oregon that was published in the 2006 voter’s pamphlet statement.  It is called “Oregon’s Big Government is Bad for Business” and has been used frequently.   Here is an excerpt. “Big Problem!  […]