small business

Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon

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Nobody likes getting a bad grade.  Especially when it's a whole state. 

But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from Thumbtack.com and a partner. 

The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.  California got a D and an F in the same categories.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Hand Up From Business Coaching And Consulting

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So you have an idea for a business, and you take the first steps to get it started. 

Where to turn for advice and assistance? 

A number of economic development organizations offer mentoring programs to provide "training wheels" to startups. 

That's the business Gary Einhorn of Ashland is in. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 16, 2014 | 8:30
11:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Touched By An Angel To Start A Business

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So you've got a good idea and a model of a product.  Now what?

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Market Research For Small Businesses

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One of the challenges of starting a small business is having information about the potential market for a product or service. 

Market research costs money, sometimes a lot of it.  So the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network just launched a Market Research Institute to perform market research for clients of the OSBDCN's centers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2013
10:46 am
Wed October 16, 2013

I Heard It Through The (Jefferson) Grapevine: Mentoring Entrepreneurs

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Quick, what's the first thing any business needs to get started?

Money is bound to be the number one answer, but supporters and mentors would not be far behind. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2013
2:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses

The Jenny Fire, part of the Big Windy Complex, and the Rogue River.
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The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.

But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Banner for the Governor's Marketplace Roadshow.
Credit State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.

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