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Coast River Business Journal is looking forward to hosting several events in the coming months in the spirit of chronicling the joy of business in the Columbia-Pacific region. While we’re in the planning stages, we want to hear from you, our readers, about what events you’d like to attend th…

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Looking at the world of commerce, we see an ecosystem made up of companies of varying sizes, business models, offerings and buyers with unique needs, backgrounds, preferences and resources to …

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What a year 2020 was. This past year has been like none of us have seen in our lifetime. The pandemic raged for most of the year, with periods of total business shutdown in the spring of 2020 …

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As always, this edition of Coast River Business Journal includes an inspirational variety of stories about Clatsop and Pacific county entrepreneurs bravely venturing into new businesses and ex…

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It has been just over a year since the first COVID-19 case was detected in Oregon. The virus’s spread has had catastrophic effects on lives and forever changed what we once knew as our way of …

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The Oxford dictionary defines leadership as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization.” Business owners will need to have many skills to be effective — but perhaps none more …

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Small businesses are often the product of the powerful combination of entrepreneurial vision and passion. While these can be helpful to penetrate markets and fuel the tenacity required to over…

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Building a strong culture may not guarantee business success, but ignoring it inhibits a business’s chance for long-term sustainability. Company culture is defined as the shared values, belief…

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As a multimedia journalist, I look forward to creating more videos to bring you closer to the stories of local businesses in an engaging way. For this edition of the business journal, you can …

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, we have all learned that there is no “business as usual” about the past seven months in the business community here in this region, throughout Ore…

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Busy roads, lines at our favorite spots, trash on beaches and trails, rudeness and entitled behavior — this summer’s tourist season had it all, didn’t it?  Despite that, what follows here will…

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As the days shorten and nature starts to signal the shift in seasons, we draw nearer to when would historically have been the wrapping of the traditional busy tourism season here on the Oregon…

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In Clatsop County, many businesses are owned by baby boomers who are looking for an “exit strategy” over the next several years. This may include passing down or selling the business to a fami…

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I’ve taken to calling this the “covidtime.” Although we aren’t ordered to shelter in place by health officials — at least not as I write this — the necessity of staying out of circulation as m…

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It is easy to panic when our economy is slowed to a crawl, the stock market is volatile, and unemployment is at record numbers. Don’t! Research has shown that people are more likely to make mi…

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Business, by design, is full of uncertainty. Markets are unpredictable, consumer tastes are ever evolving, and new competition is always on the horizon. Reflecting recently upon the challenges…

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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 abo…

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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…