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One of the bright spots for me of late has been the re-discovery of a love for playing cards — leading to some friendly but highly competitive games of the classic, Gin Rummy. What I enjoy about this game is that it is not simply based on chance — rather it requires one to be comfortable wit…

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We are entering the next phase of what we all hope will be a smooth transition to reopen our businesses in the phases laid out by Gov. Kate Brown for the State of Oregon, but we know from expe…

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In times of crisis, leaders find themselves unexpectedly immersed into what seems like icy cold water, swimming with unknown terrors. If you’ve ever participated in a “polar plunge," you’ll re…

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The dire emergency spawned by a need to shut down wide swaths of the world economy will play out for years. How well we cope in the communities on the Columbia estuary and the surrounding seas…

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Burnout is typically caused by unmanaged stress over a long period of time. Operating a business can definitely be stressful with multiple demands on time and resources. Many business owners d…

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Happy New Year! 2020 is here, and we are so excited about the opportunities that are before us as we continue to work together to build a vibrant economy in Clatsop County. My article this mon…

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It's slightly embarrassed to admit that when it comes to Christmas gift-giving, I've become a cliché male, usually waiting until nearly the final hour to make a decision on presents for my wif…

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CEDR (Clatsop Economic Development Resources) is the only organization in Clatsop County whose sole focus is to create, grow and retain businesses. We have launched our 2020 membership campaig…

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There was something really awe-inspiring about having so many enormous oceangoing passenger cruise ships in Astoria all at once last month. Instead of manna from heaven, the gods delivered tou…

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Let’s start with a sobering thought based upon statistics. Next time you are out in the community, stop and look around you. Within the next 5 years it is likely that 50% of small businesses t…

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We're excited and happy in my company — EO Media Group — to be adding four more Oregon newspapers to our family of publications.

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It’s partly the time of year: With few exceptions, if you intend to start a new business on this coast, it’s best to be up and running no later than July 4 — and Memorial Day weekend or even s…

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Try to go one day without having a small business impact your life. In fact, try to go one day without having at least a dozen small businesses touch your day. It’s impossible. And it’s someth…

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Repeat customers are the essence of profitability for most businesses, and they all started with the first visit. How do you know when it’s a first visit? Your welcoming statement should gathe…

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Never mind that one of my final days in Wyoming was spent helping brand calves alongside a former governor in the shadow of the Tetons, I'm no farm kid. Growing up in the Cowboy State, it took…

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The business plan is a key component for a successful business. A plan is vital because it:

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Lots of us are feeling a little aggrieved after the snowiest February in recent memory, with icy roads interfering with schools and business. There were even some flurries on March 7 as I writ…

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As the director of CEDR and the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, we work with hundreds of businesses in Clatsop County. Finding and retaining good employees is a co…

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This column is sponsored by the Lower Columbia Human Resource Management Association. LCHRMA represents a gathering of Human Resources professionals. Join us each month for a luncheon and trai…

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I am pleased to announce that our Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center has been named a regional SCALE Oregon Center for Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties.