small business http://ijpr.org en Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon http://ijpr.org/post/small-biz-friendliness-lacks-oregon <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nobody likes getting a bad grade.&nbsp; Especially when it's a whole state.&nbsp;</p><p>But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Thumbtack.com</strong></a> and a partner.&nbsp;</p><p>The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.&nbsp; California got a D and an F in the same categories. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16374 at http://ijpr.org Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon A Hand Up From Business Coaching And Consulting http://ijpr.org/post/hand-business-coaching-and-consulting <p></p><p></p><p>So you have an idea for a business, and you take the first steps to get it started.&nbsp;</p><p>Where to turn for advice and assistance?&nbsp;</p><p>A number of economic development organizations offer mentoring programs to provide "training wheels" to startups.&nbsp;</p><p>That's the business <a href="http://www.ashlandchamber.com/ChamberDirectoryDetail.asp?MemberID=2748" target="_blank"><strong>Gary Einhorn</strong></a> of Ashland is in.&nbsp; Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14179 at http://ijpr.org A Hand Up From Business Coaching And Consulting Touched By An Angel To Start A Business http://ijpr.org/post/touched-angel-start-business <p></p><p>So you've got a good idea and a model of a product.&nbsp; Now what?</p><p></p><p>It can still be tricky in the best of conditions to secure the start-up money for a new business, even in this age of crowdsourcing.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:34:48 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10829 at http://ijpr.org Touched By An Angel To Start A Business Market Research For Small Businesses http://ijpr.org/post/market-research-small-businesses <p></p><p>One of the challenges of starting a small business is having information about the potential market for a product or service.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Market research costs money, sometimes a lot of it.&nbsp; So the <a href="https://www.bizcenter.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Small Business Development Center Network</strong></a> just launched a Market Research Institute to perform market research for clients of the OSBDCN's centers.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 8638 at http://ijpr.org Market Research For Small Businesses I Heard It Through The (Jefferson) Grapevine: Mentoring Entrepreneurs http://ijpr.org/post/i-heard-it-through-jefferson-grapevine-mentoring-entrepreneurs <p>Quick, what&#39;s the first thing any business needs to get started?</p><p>Money is bound to be the number one answer, but supporters and mentors would not be far behind.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:46:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 1371 at http://ijpr.org I Heard It Through The (Jefferson) Grapevine: Mentoring Entrepreneurs Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses http://ijpr.org/post/firesmoke-relief-small-businesses <p>The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.</p><p>But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:19:47 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 264 at http://ijpr.org Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses Small Business Help Hits The Road http://ijpr.org/post/small-business-help-hits-road <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.&nbsp; Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.&nbsp; The </span><a href="http://www.oregon.gov/Gov/MWESB/Pages/index.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>"Governor's Marketplace Roadshow"</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.&nbsp; You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:13:45 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 195 at http://ijpr.org Small Business Help Hits The Road