Googlefest Free Training August 2! Registration closes July 29

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Googlefest is a free training for small businesses, nonprofits, and educators*. Google experts will teach attendees how to use the full range of Google tools including Google Apps, AdWords, Analytics, YouTube, and more.

Registration is required and closes July 29. Limited space is available.

*It may be possible for educators to receive continuing education credit/professional development units.


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Recapturing the Oregon Advantage

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OBA leaders and policy committee members are gearing up to build a 2016-2017 agenda that recaptures the Oregon advantage.


This is first in a three-part series on OBA’s policy agenda.

Today (in Part I) we take stock of our past priorities before moving on to the future.

Today: How Oregonians Earn — Recapturing the Oregon Advantage
Wednesday, May 10 — Part II: How Oregonians Learn — Prioritizing Student Achievement
Friday, May 13, Part III: How ...

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A Night to Celebrate Legislative Champions

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OBA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) hosted our bi-annual event at Airbnb April 20 to celebrate a group of elected leaders who make the grade of champion. This unique gathering brings together Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, rural and urban all with one purpose: to honor the Oregon tradition of tackling tough public policy issues with independence and integrity.

Too often, political events feature either Republicans or Democrats, but not both. Oregon prides itself as being a little less political, a ...

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Oregon Business Community Statement on Gov. Kate Brown’s Minimum Wage Proposal

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The business representatives of the Governor’s work group on minimum wage believe the Governor’s proposal is a missed opportunity to move forward with a plan that works for all of Oregon. However, we remain hopeful a minimum wage that will work for both rural and urban Oregon can be salvaged in the Legislature.

For two months, at the governor’s request, employers came to the table in a sincere effort to negotiate a reasonable minimum wage increase that would be passed by ...

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OBA Applauds Bipartisan Effort on Energy Deal Announced Today

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OBA applauds today’s major announcement by Oregon environmental advocates and two of our biggest electric utilities, PGE and Pacific Power, that they have agreed to a deal to transition Oregon off coal power and double renewable energy use.

If this package passes in the 2016 session of the Oregon Legislature, it will eliminate the ballot measure proposed by the Renew Oregon coalition to address state greenhouse gas reduction.

This type of collaboration and hard work by partners on major issues impacting the ...

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Cover Story: OBA Member Oregon Fruit Products

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Congrats to Oregon Fruit Products and CEO Chris Sarles on a great cover story in the Portland Business Journal.

“How Oregon Fruit Brings Boregon Tradeerries to the Masses”

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/11/27/cover-story-how-oregon-fruit-thinks-outside-the.html#g2

The company was also featured in our 2015 Statesman Dinner presentation as we honored several members of Oregon’s congressional delegation for their support of global trade.

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OBA Board Approves 2016 Session Priorities

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In the spirit of the upcoming 35-day legislative session, OBA’s Board of Directors has approved an agenda that fits the time constraints and state budget focus of interim sessions without letting go of our important priorities.

See the session calendar HERE

1. Instructional Hours (Pillar III): OBA works with education partners to ensure all of Oregon’s students have access to Oregon’s minimum standard ...
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OBA Working to Defeat IP28 Tax Hike Proposal

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At our annual September retreat, OBA’s Board of Directors voted to oppose corporate and individual tax increases proposed by Initiative Petition 28. IP28 is a deeply flawed $5 billion tax hike proposed by Oregon’s public employee unions that would be the largest in state history and would impose a huge new gross receipts tax on hundreds of companies – large and small – doing business in Oregon. The board reaffirmed this position at its November meeting and OBA is ...

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OBA Thanks Congressional Leaders for Stance on Trade; TPP Trade Accord Full Text Released

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Here in Oregon, nearly 500,000 jobs rely on trade directly or indirectly. As you may know, OBA honored four members of the Oregon congressional delegation this year with the Lynn Lundquist Leadership Award for their bipartisan efforts around trade and their dedication to ensuring that our trade-dependent state is part of the discussion.

“Over 6,000 Oregon businesses sell goods overseas and nearly 90% of these are small and medium sized businesses,” said OBA ...

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