Beware of Mail from CPS Filings

I’m busy running my LLC each day, probably like you, and I get to open my mail to find out if there are any new bills. Well, one just caught my eye addressed from C.P.S. in Salem. Hmm, I know that Salem is our State Capital and that my annual LLC report is due, but […]

7 Ways to Accelerate Your Marketing

By Kathy Bazan, BRC Small Business Consultant As a mentor to small business owners, I offer several suggestions to re-charge, redirect, and re-energize marketing for my clients. Let me share my seven secrets with you! When it comes to new and shiny, hit the “Pause” button and evaluate carefully. (The same applies to several decades […]

Grants for Your Business!

By Kathy Bazan, Business Recovery Center Consultant Great news! The EIDL Advance payments—grants–will soon be offered to all small businesses, small farms or ranches, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and non-profits. Read on and find out more! History of the EIDL Prior to the pandemic, the EIDL program opened for a limited time in a specific […]

Win a $25,000 Small Business Grant!

By Kathy Bazan, Business Recovery Consultant   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is giving you and your small business the chance to win up to $25,000 in their annual Dream Big contest! If yours is a for-profit business which has operated for at least one year in the US and you have fewer than 250 […]

Legislative Update: June 21, 2021

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) We are now entering into the final week of the 2021 legislative session. The legislature has until Sunday at 11:59pm to conclude its business. Nearly all of the key decisions have been made and bills and budgets will be finalized and voted out of committee.  We expect to see all […]

How to Afford College for Your Kiddos

By Kathy Bazan, Business Recovery Center Consultant As small business owners, we often don’t have the luxury of time to research how we can help our kids afford college. This is why many small business owners relied on the easy-to-get Parents PLUS Loans (or other even more predatory loans) to pay for college and found […]

Legislative Update: June 14, 2021

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) Much of the Legislature’s focus over the last week was centered around Mike Nearman and whether to expel him from the Legislature over letting protesters into the Capitol in December 2020. On Monday, House Speaker Tina Kotek introduced a measure that would formally expel him from the House of Representatives. […]

3 Easy Ways to Write the Business Plan You Need

By Kathryn Bazan, BRC Consultant As a business counselor in Washington County (Oregon), I am frequently asked by business owners, “Why do I need a business plan?” There are two very simple answers: To provide a road map for how you want your company to grow in the next three to five years. To allow […]

Legislative Update: June 1, 2021

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The final month of this year’s session is finally here. Lawmakers are Constitutionally required to adjourn by June 27, and indications are that the Legislature will be in session up until that final weekend. While it is possible the Senate could adjourn earlier, House Speaker Tina Kotek told reporters last week […]