Home Back Issues May 2009 Food for thought

Food for thought

| Print |  Email
Archives - May 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009

There are some small business owners who think the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act isn’t doing much for them. Made up largely of tax breaks and trickledown from increased government spending, it’s meant to help the little fry — who just happens to make up about 90% of all Oregon businesses — but some regard it as pretty much no help at all. Once again, small business owners are either going to make it by their own grit, creativity and hard work, or they won’t make it at all.

Well, we can’t hand out dollars here at OBM (Oh, if…), but we can do something to help the beleaguered workhorse of the Oregon economy — our own stimulus package, if you like. This month we debut a new column called Your Business by Steve Strauss (see page 9). Strauss brings enormous expertise in the small business arena. He’s the small business columnist for USAToday.com and author of The Small Business Bible. And as a Portland resident, he’s perfectly situated to help Oregon’s small business owners with their challenges. So read him, write him and use him. He’ll be a great resource as you navigate the recession.

Here’s the part where I ask you to pay it forward.

Most of us are looking forward to summer, but summer is an especially hard time for children who don’t have enough to eat and get their main meal at school. And the shattering 12.1% unemployment rate in Oregon means a lot more families are forced to skimp and a lot more children are going hungry. The Oregon Food Bank reports it can’t keep pace with the need for emergency food boxes, which each month feed 75,000 children.

The state’s business leadership launched the Oregon Business Hunger Initiative last year, in partnership with the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force, and it states its case simply: Hunger is a business issue. When children go hungry, they can fall behind in school, their health suffers and development lags. All of this hurts their ability to learn and thrive, and eventually can have devastating consequences for them and the community.

I know you have your own worries about keeping your business afloat and your own family safe. But if you’re reading this magazine, I will bet you have just a little more to give. So give it.

robin-med

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Twitter.com/robindoussard

Contact Oregon Food Bank’s Jon Stubenvoll at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (503-419-4175) or Marylhurst University president Judi Johansen, who heads up the initiative, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (503-699-6266). Tell them you want to help support the summer food program because you just can’t stand to read one more story about how any kid in Oregon has to go to school or go to bed without enough to eat. Decide that it’s unacceptable to you and that as a business leader you will help end this shame.

 

More Articles

Video: Kickstarting Oregon business

News
Thursday, March 27, 2014
02.04.14 Thumbnail VideoBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Watch this OB Original Video about three Oregon companies and how crowd-funding "kickstarted" their business ideas.


Read more...

The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

March 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014

100best14logoWebOur 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.

 


Read more...

The more they change, the more they stay the same

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
100-best-collageBY BRANDON SAWYER

The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.


Read more...

Speeding up science

News
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
02.25.14 Thumbnail MedwasteBY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.


Read more...

Small business sales go big

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BY BRANDON SAWYER

Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

BTNMarch14 tableBTNMarch14 line


BTNMarch14 piePDXBTNMarch14 pieUSA


Read more...

Green your workplace

News
Thursday, April 03, 2014
100Green14logo200oxBY OB STAFF

Learn how to green your workplace and lower your environmental footprint at the office. Oregon Business presents a two-hour "Greening Your Workplace" seminar on May 28th, 2014 at the Nines Hotel in Portland.


Read more...

Buy the book

News
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS