Many a small business person will tell you that they had the necessary skills to run a business, but lacked knowledge of marketing or some other critical area.

These are the areas that can be aided by Small Business Development Centers, like the one attached to Southern Oregon University in Medford (one of six in SW Oregon). 

In addition to offering assistance and classes, SBDCs also perform some educational outreach, including an upcoming Business Resource Forum (October 17). 


The way some people tell the story, government is always getting in the way of business. 

But in Oregon, several state agencies are focused on the needs of businesses large and small. 

And a relatively recent addition to the list is the office of the Small Business Advocate in the Secretary of State's office.  It is designed specifically to help clear out regulatory and paperwork encumbrances with other state agencies.

Ruth Miles is the current occupant of that position. 

SOREDI Boosting Business

Jan 27, 2014
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Several recent signs indicate the economy may be picking up steam. 

And that is welcome news to people in the business of helping business. 

Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

Sep 16, 2013

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

New Owners For Mail Tribune, Daily Tidings

Sep 12, 2013
Ed Schipul

The days of sharing an owner with Fox News just came to an end for the Mail Tribune of Medford and the Daily Tidings of Ashland.

The branch of News Corporation that owned those and other newspapers was just sold to Fortress Investment Group, which will manage the papers through a subsidiary called GateHouse Media.