Businesses are challenged nearly every day by various issues including how to leverage better business practices, housing shortages, find quality and affordable childcare, locate medical services, and more. The challenge of keeping up with our vibrant community is daunting. Yet, missing any of these steps can create barriers to business retention and expansion. Here are tips, techniques, and just interesting stuff that affects our quality of life and communities. We hope you enjoy them! Comments are welcome! NEW - Newest articles will appear at the top of each category.
These blogs talk to creative ways people support the economy.
--National Pumpkin Day is coming up--test your knowledge of pumpkins in this short True/False quiz!
--I DO! Could the southern Oregon coast become the GO TO destination wedding location? WHY NOT!
--Making Money as a Cat Herder...
--How small community theaters contribute to our regional economy
--Making money by talking? Why not?
--Personal Junk = Big Business,
--Movie Money-ways to make money through the movies
--Flower Power in Gold Beach!
--The Business of Bow Wow
--Don't be Left Behind - Why basic computer skills are needed
--Working remotely from a lounge chair... benefits for employers and employees --this could be you!
--When in Doubt, check it out! Avoid having your private info stolen through an online job application process!
--Implications of that second job Doing the Side Hustle,
--Finding that pot of gold - high paying jobs in Oregon
--Free by birth, trucker by choice careers in log truck driving
--What if there is no one to do the work?
Why Workforce Development is Important,
--Looking into the Crystal Ball...how is our world changing and what do our future jobs and education needs look like,
-- If they will come for a baseball field (migration and attracting workforce),
--Why Are Some Jobs Hard-to-Fill? What can you do to find and retain the perfect candidate?
--Success is Where Preparation and Opportunity Meet take some tips from Bobby Unser for jump starting your summer job and career;
--Tips for creating memorable Resumes,
--Creating position description to attract and retain employees
Is there a drone in your garden? How new technologies are changing how we grow food,
--What is 3.5 miles across and over 2,400 years old? Could mushroom farming be your next business?
--Where to start? Build 3 houses... Monopoly game strategies that just might work in real life...
--Placemaking... Making Our Places Matter
--The Future City of Lakeside
-- Is Affordable Housing the Real Problem?
--Beautiful Economics - the benefits of beautification to our community and kids,
--Infrastructure--when it is working well, no one complains.
--Social Media—It is all about potential,
--Putting your best foot forward or how to look cool and SMART.
Public Speaking Oh No! 10 tips for looking like a pro!,
--Does your business need a press kit?,
--Public speaking Oh NO! Why public speaking is important for selling your business and dreams;
--Fast Pitching - describing your business in 30 seconds or less,
--Dare to be Different (effective branding strategies used by the Itty Bitty Inn).
--Don’t Let Meetings Steal Your Time & Money -- costs and a few ways to FIGHT BACK and make your meetings more efficient, effective, and shorter!
--Strategic Agendas and how this tool can be used to super-charge and shorten your meetings
--A Dance Card agenda tool to help communicate and coordinate any number of logistical event nightmares!
--Getting Things Done! - Tired of people never following through with tasks assigned in a meeting? We've got a solution for you!
-- Email marketing (how to use it and the problems of spamming)
--Squeezing every dollar from your marketing budget - is your business card blank on the backside? If so, you have missed an opportunity!
--Getting Out Alive - two things you can practice in your business and home for that just in case moment.
--Ribbon Cutting for new PO Wellness Center!
--Can't Flee Fast Enough is your town on the 'flee' or 'destination' list? How we can use that information?
--Coos County Fair barn,
--Playing Community Revitalization Forward
--Nothing Great to See... a bad online review, an opportunity to change,
--Going to the Fair -- it is always a lot of fun -- and great for our economy!
--How Community Calendars relate to economic strength and stability, and help us thrive.
--Making Sense of the Census - what it can tell us and how to find out more information
--Opportunity Zones - how OZs can be leveraged by business to save a bunch
--What is an economic multiplier and why do we care?
--The Great Debate: Minimum Wage
--Are we Living in a Goldilocks Economy? (not too warm, not too cool...)
--Economics of biking (who knew two wheels could add so much?),
--Fur Baby Economy (how the pet industry affects our economy)
--The Land of Opportunity and Unicorns (what is an economic unicorn and why do we care?)
--Building Economic Capacity in a Rural Environment - how do we become a stronger competitor for resources our communities need?
--Naked People--how clothing and a local clothing swap supports our economy
--Live Culture Coast October sensory celebration coming this fall!
--Coffee Nation - the Economics of Coffee and National Coffee Day (FREE COFFEE?)
--Career Trade Expo a rousting success!
--Halloween - Good for the Economy! What will your pet be wearing?
--Labor Day -- can't go on without the music! And the first labor day almost didn't! Read on...
-- Happy 100th anniversary Oregon Gas Tax!
-- Are you afraid of starting your own business? Many people are!
--Cash is King! What is better cash or card for your small business?
--Three help resources for expanding your business!
--How a Mastermind group can help small businesses Great Things are Never Done by One Person),
--Is Clutter Hurting Your Business?
--Working SMART and SMARTER to create business goals - want some tips for creating effective goals and objectives? Try this short cut.
--Resolving Business Conflicts Through Mediation
-- Now I know where my day went
--If I could only get more organized (email tricks)
--The Art of Electronic Deception or How thieves are using email to steal your time and money