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If you only have time to read one item we publish this year, please make it the cumulative business tax analysis the OBI Foundation partnered with the State Tax Research Institute (STRI) to publish this month. And then share it far and wide.

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Due to recently-passed state tax changes, Oregon businesses will see a 41% increase in state taxes by 2022, according to a new report from the nonprofit State Tax Research Institute (STRI). The Portland-metro region is facing as much as a 42% increase in local taxes.

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About 300 members of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) gathered virtually on Oct. 7 to salute retiring public servants state Rep. Caddy McKeown of Coos Bay and Congressman Greg Walden from Oregon’s 2nd District, both of whom received OBI’s highest honor, the 2020 Statesman of the Year award.

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Tell us about your company, what do you do? Walmart Inc. helps people around the world and across Oregon, save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. From Medford to Island City, Willamette Valley, coastal towns and Ontario to Coos Bay, Walmart serves customers with 45 ... Read More

In my August column I wrote about what a challenging year this has been – a global pandemic, nationwide social unrest, a deep economic recession. And now, unimaginably, our beloved state has faced yet another crisis of historic proportions: September wildfires that devastated communities; destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods.

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Q&A: Kim Medford, VP & General Counsel ENTEK Kim Medford VP & General Counsel Tell us about ENTEK. What do you do? ENTEK is a global manufacturing company headquartered in Lebanon, Oregon. We have three manufacturing companies under our umbrella. The first makes battery separators for cars, trucks, boats, golf carts, and lawn and ... Read More
Q&A: Bill Thorndike, President Medford Fabrication Bill Thorndike President Tell us about Medford Fabrication. What do you do? Medford Fabrication is a diverse metals fabrication, assembly and finishing services company. Medford serves many industries, some as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and others as a partner in carrying ... Read More
Q&A: Scott Hamlin, CEO & Founder Looptworks Scott Hamlin CEO & Founder Tell us about Looptworks. What do you do? Looptworks is a brand providing zero-waste-to-landfill solutions and products for textiles. We work together with companies to divert excess textiles via upcycling, downcycling and closed loop solutions for ... Read More
Q&A: Andrew Neilson, President ESCO Division, The Weir Group ESCO Division Andrew Neilson President ESCO Division, The Weir Group Tell us about ESCO. What do you do? We engineer and manufacture technology that is used in some of the harshest environments on earth. That includes mining hard rock, which produces the copper that is essential ... Read More
Q&A: Sam Tannahill, Co-Founder A to Z Wineworks Sam Tannahill Co-Founder Tell us about A to Z Wineworks. What do you do? A to Z Wineworks is a wine label that purchases grapes from vineyards all over Oregon to produce and bottle our own wine. In 2007 we purchased Rex Hill Winery, making it our luxury boutique brand while having a base ... Read More