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Oregon start-ups at 40 year low

Entrepreneurship in Oregon Plummets to Lowest Point in 40 years; Rate of Tech Startups Lags
By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation

Entrepreneurship in Oregon is currently at historic lows.

According to a recent data from state economists, the number of new Oregon businesses entering the marketplace on an annual basis is proportionally lower than at any point since the mid-1970s.
In the early 1990s, new firms comprised on average 12% of all Oregon businesses. According Joh Lehner, the report’s author, new businesses now comprises only 8% of all statewide business. That’s a 50% decline and marks the lowest level of entrepreneurship in 40 years—since the state began keeping such records. Read more »

SB 478 toy law is super-sized problem for small stores

paperworkEditor’s Note – Below is an excellent small business article on the problems with SB 478 toy mandate bill by economist Dr. Eric Fruits as As featured in The Oregonian, April 11, 2015.   If you would like to contact your legislator on this issue, click here.

“…just about any store selling these common toys would have to report the chemical contents to the state agency….But, it’s not just common toys. It’s also car seats, clothing, and even kitchen utensils designed with a cartoon caricature. For superstores like Fred Meyer, Target, and Walmart, tens of thousands of products would need a report filed with the OHA.”

Among the several thousand bills that the Oregon legislature will consider this legislative session is Senate Bill 478. On its face, SB 478 is designed to help protect children from harmful chemicals. It does so by setting up a new system to monitor a list of “high priority” chemicals in toys and other “children’s products.” The new system and the priority list would then be managed and administered by the Oregon Health Authority. Read more »

Labor grabs new power to shut down your business!

Oregon Capitol_1Labor grabs new power to shut down your business!

You are not safe! Oregon’s Labor Dept. (BOLI) is pushing House Bill 2386 which removes judges from labor & wage cases. The Labor Dept. would act as both judge and accuser when it shuts down a small business like yours with a cease and desist order. HB2386 violates your rights & is grossly unfair. Read more »

Donate to OSBA and get the entire amount back!

cash-moneyThe Oregon Political Tax Credit allows you to give any qualified political action committee (PAC) up to $50/individual or $100/couple and apply that donation to your Oregon income tax bill. The effect will be to either lower your income tax liability or increase your refund.

This unique tax credit is the best way for you to support the hard work that OSBA is engaged in on your behalf…and get the entire amount back at tax time.

If you don’t use this credit, the State or Oregon just keeps your money…

Don’t take our word for it…  Here’s a site that explains more about the Oregon Political Tax Credit.

OSBA at Capitol against costly Paid Sick Law

tomtestifyOn February 16, 2015, OSBA spokesman, Tom Maginnis, testified before the Joint Senate & House Business & Labor committee on HB 2005 which mandates nearly 50 hours of paid sick leave. Maginnis gave an incredible TRUE-LIFE TESTIMONY on his own small business.

When I was working for Mark Hatfield, constituents would tell me, “You don’t understand what it’s like to run a business and make a payroll.” They were right. Now, as the former owner of three Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants, I do. For nearly twenty years I carried a tremendous sense of responsibility for the lives of the 1,500 young people I employed.  When I bought my Portland store in 1997, I employed about 74 employees. After expenses, I cash-flowed about $750,000 per year; money which I used to replace worn assets, upgrade my store, replace old games and machines, repay my commercial loans and finally, support my family.

Minimum wage doubled, wage burden quadrupled Read more »

Portland halts Street Tax plan.

portlandThe Oregonian Small Business Association has been involved with many others against the $50 million dollar Portland Street Tax proposal. 

The Portland Street Tax has taken many forms over the past few months ranging from  a business-burden heavy plan to an income tax plan.   Recently the City of Portland has called off the plan and is now seeking statewide legislation in order to create a more universal solution.


NW port slowdown causing economic damage

portDelays at West Coast ports, including Northwest ports, have reached a critical point and threaten regional economies, according to recent news reports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents 29 West Coast port employers, has been locked in contract negotiations with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) since July of last year. That’s when the six-year contract between PMA and ILWU expired.

Since then, both sides have blamed the other for major port delays that have left ships stalled at docks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, among others. The ILWU says port operators aren’t providing sufficient resources or that their equipment isn’t safe, which is causing delays. Port operators counter, and recent judicial rulings seem to affirm, that the ILWU is engaging in deliberate delay tactics to gain leverage during ongoing contract negotiations. Read more »

OSBA Street Tax poll in Portland Tribune

portlandOSBA was featured in the Portland Tribune for their poll on the Portland Street Tax.   The poll helped showcase that voters want the right to vote on any new street taxes that will hurt small businesses and working families.

Here is what the Portland Tribune (12/2/14) said…

A new poll says most Portlanders are against the proposed street fee, think it should be referred to the voters, and will vote against Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick if they try to prevent city residents from voting on it.  Those are the highlights of a poll commissioned by the Oregon Small Business Association, lobbyist Kent Craford, and others about the street fee proposed by Hales and Novick. It was conducted by Riley Research between Nov. 24 and 28, and released on Dec. 2 — the day before the City Council is scheduled to consider adding a six-year sunset clause to the proposal. The final vote is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10. Read more »

Cheers to our breaking beer record

beer2The Oregon Brewers Guild announced that Oregonians bought more than 500,000 barrels of beer produced in Oregon in 2013, setting a new record in Oregon craft beer history and leading the U.S. in percentage of dollars spent on craft beer.

Oregon’s breweries crafted a little more than 1,400,000 barrels of beer during 2013, an 8 percent increase from the previous year. Oregon employment figures continue to strengthen, with the state’s brewing companies adding more than 200 jobs in 2013 and directly employing more than 6,600 people.

A look at who is hiring in Oregon right now

hiringSeveral large corporations are entering the Portland market or expanding their local operations over the next several months, giving a boost to Portland’s economy. Though the exact number of jobs to be added is still being determined in some cases, Portland could see upwards of a thousand or more new jobs added to its economy from Aruba Networks, ShopKeep, eBay, Under Armour, CarMax, Fred Meyer and Cabela’s.

• In a sign Portland’s tech sector is gaining strength, ShopKeep recently moved into its downtown 6th Street location. Based in New York City, ShopKeep produces an iPad-based point-of-sale system for merchants. It previously operated out of a temporary office near the Lloyd District with 15 employees. Its new permanent location can accommodate as many as 100 employees, reports the Portland Business Journal. ShopKeep plans to grow its West Coast business and selected Portland as a primary outpost for related expansion. Read more »