Hood River Hops Fest – September 24, 2016

Hood River Hops Fest Date: September 24, 2016 Time: Noon – 8pm Location: Columbia Lot, 5th and Columbia, downtown, Hood River, OR 97031 Contact: (541) 386-2000 Presented by CH2M and awarded silver medal for best beer festival from the Willamette Week, Oregon Beer Awards, the Hood River Hops Fest is an annual celebration of beer’s…

Dr. Williams Named State Director of Economic Development for the Information & Communication Technology Sector

Former industry executive and business-government-economics school dean at Seattle Pacific University will serve as principal adviser to Governor Inslee, director of economic development for the information and communication technology industry sector in Washington state.   The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that Dr. Joseph Williams will lead the state’s efforts to develop and…

State Representative Greg Smith Appointed to Governor’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet

Governor Kate Brown has announced the appointment of State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner) to the Small Business Advisory Cabinet. The Cabinet is charged with developing recommendations on how state government can support small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs and advance statewide economic growth. Representative Greg Smith is one of nine individuals appointed to the Cabinet…

Columbia Gorge Roads and Bridges in Final transportation Agreement

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that he has secured language in the final congressional transportation agreement to help improve roads and bridges in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (NSA). The long-term, bipartisan transportation agreement between the Senate and the House reauthorizes and reforms federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. It…

Oregon Ranks as one of the Most Burdensome Regulatory States for Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs who plan to settle in Oregon: beware the state’s regulatory challenges.   Oregon is the sixth most onerous state in the country for small businesses when it comes to regulatory concerns, according to an exhaustive survey released by the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based free-market policy advocate.   On a scale from 1…

USDA Announces Funding to Aid Rural Businesses and Create Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $12.5 million in loans and grants for 39 projects that will help rural businesses in 21 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.   “Supporting small, rural businesses helps create jobs and helps promote entrepreneurship,” Vilsack said. “USDA Rural Development’s field structure enables our community-based staff to engage with…

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