Bend Business Roundup 9-6-19

Bend Business Roundup 9-6-19

Happy Friday,

Here’s some stuff you might like.

Business: Here at EagerLaw we produce a periodic report called the Bend Entrepreneur Report, which tabulates the number of new Bend businesses registered with the Oregon Secretary of State. We just ran the figures on the May through August time-frame, and the number of new registrations (1,099) is down 9.5 % versus the same time-frame from 2018 (1,203), and about on par with registrations from that timeframe in 2017. To put this in perspective, Bend consistently continues to have more businesses registered per capita compared to any other large-ish Oregon city (other than Keizer, which has something weird going on because come on). Furthermore, the rate of registrations in 2018 was probably unsustainable, given labor and real property constraints. Nonetheless, the pace of new businesses registering in Bend has slowed a bit from the breakneck pace of last year.

Law: If at least the rate of growth of the local, state and national economies is slowing, then it’s worth taking a peak at something I wrote entitled “Legal Tips for Small Businesses in a Slowing Economy,” which is deserving of praise for its brevity if nothing else.

Politics: We Oregonians are fortunate to have an improbable defender of our mental health: The Oregon AFL-CIO labor union. The union has filed a ballot measure called the “Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act” which would cap the number of automatic checkout stations per store at two. As one supposed rationale for its passage, the measure provides, “The increasing use of self-service checkouts – where the customer does not interact with a human – contributes to social isolation and related negative health consequences[.]” Now, I’ve had plenty of positive interactions with grocery cashiers (especially the woman at the Century Drive Safeway who is the Michael Jordan of customer service and probably should be running the whole company), but I like having a choice about what level of interaction I have. For most of us, time is a precious commodity and if getting through the self checkout is faster then I’ll choose to interact with the humans who live with me rather than the humans working at the grocery store.  For those without the opportunity for soul-nourishing interaction with two little boys constantly accusing each other of taking toys from the other, they can always choose the cashier line.

Et cetera:  Whoever named No Name Lake, a stunning little lake on the flank of Broken Top, is probably pretty frustrated because everyone just uses the name “No Name Lake” so it does have a name after all. For my money, No Name Lake is the most beautiful spot within easy striking distance of Bend. But the lake has fallen on rough times. The troubles likely began in the summer or fall of 2017, when a herd of elk died in an apparent avalanche affecting the glacier directly uphill from the lake. The corpses of the elk revealed themselves in the summer of 2018, when enough snow had melted. Then the decomposing elk tainted the water of the lake. Now so many people people want to camp in close proximity to dead elk that the profusion of their waste has forced the U.S. Forest Service to close the lake to camping. Here’s to everyone treading lightly up there.

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Have a great weekend!

Jeff started EagerLaw PC to help Oregon entrepreneurs succeed in business. Jeff worked in Washington, D.C. for Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, served as Mayor of the City of Bend, and has been practicing law in Oregon for over a decade. Jeff believes strongly in entrepreneurship and enjoys making the legal side of business transparent and easy for his clients.

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