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Why Your Success Is Important To Us And The Local Business Community





It's Community Bank Week here in Oregon. The designation by the State of Oregon is an honor for those of us who work to make community banks successful. It's also a good reason to pause and take stock....


Phishing Vs. Vishing: Scams That You Need To Be Aware Of To Protect Your Identity





We’ve all heard the term Phishing; an email message that appears to come from a legitimate source and with urgency instructs you to confirm your identity, verify account activity, etc. There’s usually a URL (which is counterfeit of course) contained within the email for you to click, but have you heard of Vishing?...


Five Modern Day Business Lessons Inspired By The Corp of Discovery





As business builders and team leaders, there is a good deal we can learn from the epic adventures of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and the Corp of Discovery more than two centuries ago....


15 Books To Exercise Your Entrepreneurial Brain





Time is one thing busy entrepreneurs rarely have enough of. Yet, it is critical for hard working business leaders to reserve blocks of time to think, to concentrate and to take in a new book or two....


The Strategic Entrepreneur: A Profile of Success





Somewhere along the way, entrepreneurship became synonymous with risk-taking. We’re often led to believe that today’s successful entrepreneurs are impulsive, adventuring types who act first and plan later. They are gamblers and cliff jumpers. While this stereotype does apply to a few individuals and is probably the aspect that the public remembers most, it does suggest an unclear understanding of what it really takes to consistently succeed as an entrepreneur....


Buying or Leasing a Commercial Building? Talk to Your Banker First





A variety of factors should be considered before a business owner initiates the commercial real estate loan process. These include property location, whether the building contains the necessary facilities or will need remodeling, the building’s size, its parking environment, working capital, and many more....


Strategic Planning - Step by Step for Success





Your mission statement is solid. You’ve worked with your management team and advisors to develop a vision for the future that’s ambitious, but not a pie-in-the-sky impossibility. Now, how do you translate that vision into real-world success? Strategic planning lets you bring method – and intention – to the process of realizing your vision....


Can an Advisory Board Help Your Business Prosper?





When viewed from the outside, successful business owners seem to have all the answers and know all the right moves. In truth, behind every great leader sits a group of trusted individuals who provide invaluable feedback, guidance and strategic thought....


Why You Should Belong to a Business Forum





I’m an entrepreneur. I vividly recall our formation efforts in 2005, our doors opening for business in 2006, and all the work since then to build the healthy bank you see today. These real-world entrepreneurial experiences have given me a keen appreciation for the satisfactions – and frustrations – of starting and running a company...