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  • Bend Business Roundup 12-07-18

    By on December 7, 2018

    Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.

    Business: The Bulletin runs a nifty quarterly Central Oregon Business Index which is really an economic index, but I put lots of economic stuff in this section called business so who am I to complain? Anyway, for the third quarter of 2018, the index is mostly flat, indicating we are humming along with a strong economy that probably doesn’t have a lot of room to get much stronger in the near-term.

    Law: If you own residential rental property in Oregon and when your tenant moves out he leaves some of his personal property behind, I’m sorry because you are in for some unpleasantness. You’re required to provide written notice to the tenant, make a determination of value, and sometimes hold a public sale, with the proceeds of which eventually going to the tenant, who by the way left the stuff in your property to begin with. The statute governing all of this is 19 pages long when printed out and it’s a mess. This article simplifies things a bit if you’re interested.

    Politics: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the five U.S. counties with the highest median income are all suburbs of Washington, D.C. Under both parties, the federal government has, particularly since WWII, dramatically increased its power and wealth. Many of the people who live in those wealthy suburbs are paid well to influence the disposition of that power and wealth.

    Et cetera:  This past week marked 85 years since the end of alcohol prohibition in the U.S.  Winston Churchill had a well-known penchant for booze beginning, according to some accounts, with breakfast each day. In 1932, before he became Prime Minister, Churchill visited the U.S., which was still under the influence (ahem) of prohibition. The solution? Churchill obtained a doctor’s note stating that he “necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times. The amount is naturally indefinite[.]” Cheers!

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    Jeff Eager

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  • Bend Business Roundup 11-30-18

    By on November 30, 2018

    Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.

    Business: The National Association of Realtors points out that one reason for the flattening housing prices in the West (Bend is seeing this too) is that our region saw the biggest, fastest price increases and consumers are just being priced out of the market. That, along with the impact of increased interest rates, makes sense to me for what we’re seeing locally.

    Law: One of the most common ways small businesses get tripped up legally is by designating someone an independent contractor when they are, in fact, an employee. The distinction between the two is not as clear as we might like, but in general it relates to the amount of control the business has over the worker – more control is likely an employment relationship; less control more likely an independent contractor relationship. Getting this right is a big deal for small businesses because lost wages, penalties and attorney fees are on the line, like this delivery company in Portland that was just ordered to pay $3.2 million to workers it had mischaracterized as independent contractors. Here’s a website maintained by the State of Oregon providing some pretty high-level guidance for employers.

    Politics: Oregon’s strong economy is providing record revenue to the state government, but revenue over the next two-year budget, projected to be a 5% increase over the revenue from the current budget, is likely to be $623 million short. Newly re-elected Governor Kate Brown is proposing $2 billion in tax increases ($483 for every man, woman and child in Oregon, including our two toddler boys who aren’t likely to pitch in) for schools, and $700 million in hospital and other health care taxes to better fund Medicaid. (PS – turns out the calculator on my iPhone will only go to the 100s of millions, not billions which might explain some state and federal budgeting problems).

    Et cetera:  Did you have salad with your Thanksgiving meal? If so, you’re in good company assuming you live in the American West. Turns out salad is the Thanksgiving side dish most disproportionately favored by Westerners, which basically reinforces every stereotype people in the rest of the country have about us. Seems to me the South is onto something with its affinity for mac and cheese.

    You can receive the Bend Business Roundup in your email inbox each Friday by going  here. No sales, no spam. Just the weekly email you’ve come to know and love.

    Jeff Eager

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: October Comparison

    By on November 28, 2018

    September Biz Registrations up Compared to September; Down Compared to October 2017

     

     

     

     

     

    Bend, OR – Entrepreneurs registered 294 new businesses in Bend, Oregon, in October, compared with 256 in September and 321 in October 2017.

    So far in 2018, Bend entrepreneurs have registered 2,998 businesses, versus 2,840 through October in 2017.

    “We continue to see strong business registration numbers in Bend,” Bend business attorney Jeff Eager of EagerLaw PC said. “While October numbers were down a bit from October 2017, I suspect that has more to do with the spike we saw in October 2017, following a slow summer due to smoke and the eclipse. Bend entrepreneurs registered one new business in October 2018 for every 310 residents, once again leading large cities in Oregon.”

    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 Business Roundup 11-16-18

    By on November 16, 2018

     

    Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.

    Business: The town of Lakeview, Oregon has a lot going for it. It is home to the coolest Safeway sign on the planet, and I had my bachelor party there (in Lakeview, not Safeway). In spite of these advantages, the economy, like that of many parts of eastern Oregon, could be more vibrant. Local leaders hope a new biofuels plant, which turns dead and dying trees into diesel and jet fuel, helps to turn things around.

    Law: If you watch cable news, you’ve heard about President Trump banning CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta from White House press briefings. CNN sued and this morning won a court order requiring the White House to allow Acosta into press briefings again. If you don’t watch cable news, enjoy the resulting surplus of mental health.

    Politics: Nearly 30% more votes were cast in last week’s election in Deschutes County than in the last midterm election, in 2014. We’ll have more analysis of this in coming BBRs as more granular data is available from the clerk’s office, but rest assured that increase is not all and likely not even mostly due to population increase. Something else was definitely going on in Deschutes County last week.

    Et cetera:  From the Keeping Portland Weird file, two dudes wove a bunch of string across a bike path near I-205. A woman on a bike ran into the string, getting injured in the process. Pretty awful behavior, right? Here’s the weird part: apparently one of the dudes “was wearing a kangaroo onesie and had leftover string in his pouch” and I guess decided he needed to use the string in this criminal manner. By the way, this was not Halloween, but it was Portland!

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    Jeff Eager

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  • Bend Business Roundup 11-9-18

    By on November 10, 2018

    BEND BUSINESS ROUNDUP

    Hello, world. For a couple years now I’ve been sending weekly(ish) Friday emails to people who’ve signed up to receive the emails. If you’re interested in Bend, business, law, politics and stuff like that you might like it.

    Business: Oregon Business magazine annually conducts a survey for Best Places to Work in Oregon. Today is the deadline for businesses that do not suffer from an overabundance of humility to register themselves as contenders. Then, employees fill out anonymous surveys and the magazine issues a list of the winners. Businesses must have at least 15 employees to qualify.

    Law: A Deschutes County judge recently ruled that a driver of a FedEx truck that struck and killed a cyclist in an intersection in Bend was not guilty because the bicycle lane does not extend into the intersection. This week, some on the Bend City Council began talking about legally extending bike lanes into intersections. It seems to me this is likely a state, not a city, issue, like almost all vehicle/roadway laws, but we’ll see how this shakes out.

    Politics: Hey, the election’s over and now we know more than we used to. Democrats took the U.S. House; Republicans expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats did really well in Oregon and in Bend specifically. And, believe it or not, there are already articles about the 2020 presidential election. Did you enjoy your breach from politics?

    Et cetera:  November 11 is the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. H.G. Wells coined the nickname for the war, “The War to End all Wars,” but it didn’t work out that way, did it?

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    Have a great weekend!

     

    -Jeff Eager

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  • Bend Entrepreneur Report: September Comparison

    By on October 30, 2018

    September Biz Registrations in Bend up slightly from 2017

    Bend, OR – Entrepreneurs registered 256 new businesses in Bend, Oregon, in September, compared with 249 in September 2017. The September numbers were down from August’s 309 registrations.

    So far in 2018, Bend entrepreneurs have registered 2,704 businesses, versus 2,519 through September in 2017.

    “Of the nine months we’ve completed this year, seven of those months have seen more business registrations than the corresponding month in 2017,” Bend business attorney Jeff Eager of EagerLaw PC said. “In September, Bend had more business registrations than any city in Oregon other than Portland, and had more business registrations per capital than any other large city.”

    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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