Online Auction of Faith will fund vital family health and community health efforts Wilsonville, Ore. – In order to continue serving families in need and the broader community, some local churches have pivoted their worship and outreach programs during the COVID pandemic. Wilsonville’s Episcopal Church is a good example. Since March 2020, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church membership has remained dedicated to meeting community-based needs through the innovative delivery of numerous efforts while they observed safe health practices.
“In scripture, it is abundantly clear that we are called to care for one another. Out of the challenges of this past year, we have experienced unexpected grace when we have stopped and cared for one another.… Read the rest
Some businesses are saying we are in the midst of a secondary pandemic. But it’s not the kind that requires masks and handwashing. No, this one is harder to control.
There is a dearth of people willing (or able) to work for a multitude of reasons. Employers across the country are posting signs asking for patience with their existing employees because the business is understaffed. In fact, there are hiring managers who are scheduling interviews only to have no one show up! You can’t hire people who don’t even come to an interview.
So what’s a business to do?
Some people blame the business. They believe that the average person wants to work but can’t afford to because of minimal wages and expensive childcare.… Read the rest
Hope seems to be a big word these days. It’s taken the place of pivot. People are hopeful about recovery. People are hopeful about things returning to normal in the foreseeable future. And people are hopeful they can soon travel and visit loved ones they haven’t seen for a while.
If recovery is right around the corner, now is the ideal time to revisit your marketing strategy and plan. Making critical changes now can bring you into alignment to make the most of recovery. Plus, it’s possible the needs and desires of your target audience have changed.
Asking yourself the following questions about your business and marketing can help ensure that you have the data and information you need to make the most of the looming recovery.… Read the rest
A message from Oregon State Chamber of Commerce…
“The most significant issue of the past week was the final passage of the ‘American Rescue Plan’ federal aid package that will send over $2.6 billion to the Oregon legislature to fill budget holes.
With all this money coming to the state, OSCC sounded the alarm that the Oregon Legislature is still looking to raise taxes on small businesses and working Oregonians.
OSCC sounded the alarm on the following taxes:
- SB 137 – Disconnect from Federal CARES Act tax benefits for Oregon businesses
- SB 139 – Repeal of the Oregon Small Business Tax Cut
- HB 2253– Taxing PPP loans
- HB 2839 – Disconnect from Federal CARES Act tax benefits for Oregon businesses
OSCC also called attention to important tax relief legislation:
- SB 842 – Eliminates state taxes on federal stimulus checks
Finally, OSCC is looking to Friday, March 19th with a high degree of anticipation, as it is the first major deadline of the 2021 legislative session. All… Read the rest