Money Available for Local Startups

EUGENE, Ore. — The deadline to apply to enter the Willamette Angel Conference is almost here. The annual conference gives local competing businesses a chance to pitch their ideas for a chance to win a $250,000 investment. The early bird deadline to apply is Feb. 13. Organizers say the conference in May attracts around 250 … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon for Small Businesses

EUGENE, Ore. — Are you ready for Cover Oregon? Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone is required to have health insurance, so everyone will qualify to some degree. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1. The deadline to enroll is March 31, 2014. Grant Lahmann, Small Business Majority Outreach Director, joined us live on KEZI 9 News … Continue reading »

Eugene Woman Takes Job at Capitol

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene businesswoman is stepping into a big role in Washington, D.C. Marie Mehlum will┬ábecome a┬átop member of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mehlum is currently the CEO of Summit Bank and has spent years traveling to the nation’s capital to advocate for small businesses and community banks. She will take over … Continue reading »

Local Shops Push Small Business Saturday

EUGENE, Ore. — Small businesses everywhere were hoping to take part in Small Business Saturday. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, shoppers are encouraged to check out the little shops in their own towns. Owners of the Oregon Constant Gardener on West 11th heard about the event just recently. They said they have high hopes for … Continue reading »

Local Greeting Cards Biz Takes Off

EUGENE, Ore. — Bloom Paper Goods, an online greetings cards website based in Eugene, recently made its big debut just in time for the big holiday season. Customers can upload photos into specially designed templates, which can be professionally printed and shipped to them or they can do it from their own desktop at home. … Continue reading »

Small Business Program Gets Boost

EUGENE, Ore. — Some small businesses across Oregon will get an extra financial boost next year to increase their exports. Oregon received nearly half a million dollars in funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration–that’s a 30-percent increase from what it received last year. Some of that money will likely show up in Eugene. Co-Motion … Continue reading »

Confidence Building Among New Businesses

EUGENE, Ore. — There seems to be momentum for new businesses in Eugene. On Monday you’ll be able to grab a cup of Joe at Noble Care and Espresso. It’s just one new business stimulating our systems and the economy. A dream is becoming a reality for the owners. “It’s been months in the making … Continue reading »

Small Business Outlook

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Small businesses in Springfield seem to be doing well in the current economy, even though there’s not an official database with information. The Springfield Chamber of Commerce said there are a few indicators it pays attention to. The Chamber of Commerce said in the past two to three years, 250-300 small businesses … Continue reading »