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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: October business registrations up another 24%

    By on November 9, 2017

    Entrepreneurs registered 321 new businesses in Bend, Oregon, in October, a 24% increase from September totals. October’s increase followed a 22% increase in September’s registrations from August’s. That’s according to today’s edition of the monthly Bend Entrepreneur Report from Bend business attorneys EagerLaw PC.

    Economists have said that Bend’s economy is leveling off, but entrepreneurs continue to register new businesses at a rapid clip. We haven’t seen registration numbers this high since March.

    Statewide, registrations increased by 6%. Among bigger cities, Bend had the highest rate of business registrations per 100,000 population. Bend entrepreneurs registered more businesses than those in any other city in Oregon, other than Portland.

    Fall – before the holiday season – is the time to prepare for business success in 2018, and for some people that involves starting a new business.

    Each month, EagerLaw carefully analyzes Oregon Secretary of State’s business registration data to prepare the Bend Entrepreneur Report. The Report is released monthly to local media and on the EagerLaw PC Facebook page, where the firm also spotlights local business achievements and provides information of use to Bend businesses.

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: Bend Business Registrations Up Big in September

    By on October 13, 2017

    New Bend business registrations in September increased 22% from August totals; Most monthly registrations since June.

    Entrepreneurs registered 249 businesses in Bend, Oregon, in September, a 22% increase from August totals. More new businesses were registered in Bend in September than in any month since June.

    After a long summer of vacations, smoke and a notable celestial event, Bend entrepreneurs got down to business in September. It’s good to see numbers come back after dragging somewhat during the summer.

    Statewide, registrations increased by a healthy 12%. Bend’s total continues to be double the statewide average, based on population.

    The period of time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is when lots of business gets done. We hope to see strong October numbers too!

    Each month, EagerLaw carefully analyzes Oregon Secretary of State’s business registration data to prepare the Bend Entrepreneur Report. The Report is released monthly to local media and  at the EagerLaw PC page, where the firm also spotlights local business achievements and provides information of use to Bend businesses.

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: Bend Business Registrations Dip Again in August

    By on September 21, 2017

    CH-47_Chinook_fighting_wildfires_in_Oregon_(9569533919)Bend Business Registrations Dip Again in August

    New business registrations in Bend fell by 12.5% in August from July totals. That’s according to today’s edition of the monthly Bend Entrepreneur Report from Bend business attorneys EagerLaw PC.

    August saw 204 new business registrations in Bend in August. The July tally was 233 – a 12.5% decrease.

    “Between the eclipse and the smoke, August was a weird month in Bend,” explained EagerLaw PC founder and Bend business attorney Jeff Eager. “August also being the last month of summer break may have led to entrepreneurs delaying business startup plans until after the kiddos are back in school. We’ll see.”

    Statewide, new business registrations dipped by 7%. Among large cities in Oregon, Bend had the third highest number of new registrations per 100,000 population, behind Lake Oswego and Keizer. Bend’s new registrations per 100,000 people continues to be double the statewide average. Throughout Central Oregon, Redmond and Prineville registrations increased slightly, while Madras numbers fell.

    Because this is the first year of the Bend Entrepreneur Report, it’s difficult to distinguish between seasonal trends and other effects, like the eclipse. Beginning in January, we’ll provide year-to-year comparisons, which will provide more context for the data.

    Each month, EagerLaw carefully analyzes Oregon Secretary of State’s business registration data to prepare the Bend Entrepreneur Report. The Report is released monthly to local media and on the EagerLaw PC Facebook page, where the firm also spotlights local business achievements and provides information of use to Bend businesses.

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: July Business Registrations Dipped Slightly

    By on August 25, 2017

    July Ent Report GraphNew Bend Business Registrations Dipped 6% from June

    Following a slow June, Central Oregon business registrations slowed a bit further in July, with Bend’s figure dropping by 6%. That’s according to today’s edition of the monthly Bend Entrepreneur Report from Bend business attorneys at EagerLaw PC.

    June saw 249 new business registrations in Bend. The July tally was 233 – a 6% decrease.

    Statewide Registrations Slowed slightly in June; Regional Numbers Mixed

    Statewide, new business registrations dipped by 3%. Despite its decline in registrations in July, Bend (the seventh-largest city in the state by population) regained its second-place position for total number of new registrations, second only to Portland. Throughout Central Oregon, Redmond logged 42 new registrations in July, versus 42 in June. Prineville dipped from 18 in June to 14 in July. La Pine remained relatively consistent, with 13 in July versus 14 in June.

    Bend Stabilizing Registrations

    After a 21% drop from May to June, Bend’s numbers stabilized somewhat for July. As 2017 is the first year of the Bend Entrepreneur Report, it remains to be seen whether this is a typical summer slow-down or something else. The August figures will be interesting due to the disruption and/or opportunities presented by the eclipse.

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  • What Happens to My Business if I Get Divorced?

    By on July 26, 2017

    What happens to my business if I get divorced?

    What Happens to My Business if I Get Divorced?

    There’s nothing simple about getting a divorce, and the complications are magnified when one or both of the separating spouses is a business owner. If you’re a business owner facing a divorce, you may be asking yourself, what happens to my business if I get divorced?

    A spouse’s ownership interest (shares, units, partnership percentage, depending on what kind of entity the business is) is an asset. Depending on the laws of your state, the ownership interest therefore may be considered part of the marital estate, to be split between the former spouses according to agreement or court order.

    Will My Business Ownership Be Split if I Get Divorced?

    With a small business, “splitting” the ownership is often difficult or impossible. If you’re a business owner and getting a divorce, it is critical that you and your divorce attorney understand the legal and practical ramifications of, and limitations on, transferring ownership interest in your business. Unlike other assets, such as a house or a car, or even stock in a publicly traded corporation, ownership interest in a closely held business is often not easily liquidated in order to apportion the asset between the former spouses.

    There are obvious practical reasons why a business should not be sold or receive new ownership in a divorce. Imagine Sally and Mike are getting a divorce. Sally owns a yoga studio with Jane. Sally teaches all of the classes at the studio. Mike hates yoga.

    Sally’s ownership interest has some value, but it is probably useless in anyone’s hands but hers. She likely cannot transfer her ownership interest in the studio to Mike for a couple reasons:

    • First, as a practical matter, the value of Sally’s ownership would plummet if she were not teaching the classes. The studio would need to hire an employee, and that would cost money. Plus, many of the studio’s customers probably patronize the studio because they like Sally’s approach: Lose Sally, and the business dries up.
    • Second, as a legal matter, Sally would likely be precluded from transferring her interest to Mike (or to any third party) without Jane’s approval. Most limited liability company (LLC) and corporate documents contain buy/sell provisions which preclude transfers except in rare occasions. These provisions exist to protect Jane from being forced to go into business with someone with no interest in yoga.

    Getting Divorced? First, Ask Your Attorney What Happens to Your Business

    What is the solution to this conundrum? Your divorce lawyer can explain your options in your situation, but the first and most important step is to determine what you can legally and practically do with your business in your divorce. Your divorce attorney may be able to review your business documents, or you may ask your business attorney to do it. The important thing is to figure this out early on, so that the transferability (or lack thereof) of your ownership interest is factored into negotiations or court proceedings.

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: Bend Business Registrations Slowed in June

    By on July 11, 2017


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    New Bend Business Registrations Dipped 21% from May

    Following a strong May, Central Oregon business registrations slowed in June, with Bend’s figure dropping by 21%. That’s according to today’s edition of the monthly Bend Entrepreneur Report from Bend business attorneys EagerLaw PC.

    May saw 314 new business registrations in Bend. The June tally was 249 – a 21% decrease.

    Statewide Registrations Slowed in June; Regional Numbers Mixed

    Statewide, new business registrations dipped by 10%. For only the second time since the Entrepreneur Report began in January, Bend lost its second-place ranking statewide for total business registrations to Eugene, which has a far larger population. Throughout Central Oregon, Redmond nearly met its May total of 50, logging 49 in June. Prineville dipped from 24 in May to 18 in June. La Pine remained relatively consistent, with 15 in May and 14 in June.

    Bend Volatility Not Unusual

    This is not the first time this year we’ve seen Bend’s numbers drop significantly – in April there was a 20% drop from the previous month.

    There are many reasons why Bend’s numbers may have dropped in June, including family vacations with the end of the school year, a shorter month, and generally nice weather that may have had entrepreneurs delaying business moves to enjoy the sun.

    We’ll keep track of the July figures and update you next month.

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