Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will continue to allow retailers to refuse empty cans and bottles until at least the end of April.

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With the commercial crab season soon winding down, Oregon fishermen would normally be preparing for the shrimp harvest.  But Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer says that’s all in limbo, as the pink shrimp market’s been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Many businesses have closed their doors or scaled back their operations due to the coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean insurance policies will cover their losses.

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Both of Oregon’s US Senators voted in favor of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that passed the Senate late Wednesday night.

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As of Tuesday hotels, motels, and RV parks in Lincoln County can no longer accept short-term lodgers. The temporary order is meant to limit the spread of coronavirus to locals. 

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Many Eugene-Springfield restaurants and shops are scaling back hours, staff, and access, while the coronavirus pandemic continues. And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some have simply closed.

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In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, local businesses have reduced service—or even closed temporarily. Now, Lane County has created a fund to help relieve financial stress from local businesses.

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The numbers for unemployment claims in Oregon are still being tallied, but the initial figures are grim.

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As coronavirus protocols limit public gatherings, many events are being postponed or canceled. Among those feeling the economic brunt of all this is one of the region’s largest crowd control and security service companies.

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Oregon’s Attorney General is asking businesses to relax their usual cancellation policies for events disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like most grocery stores across the country, Sundance Natural Foods and Capella Market in Eugene have seen an increase of shoppers stocking up on food. Here's how they’re coping during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Eugene eateries are feeling the pinch from Governor Brown’s directive to close all restaurants and bars to curb the potential spread of coronavirus.

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In the outbreak of COVID-19, hand-sanitizer has become a rare find as stores across the country sell out. But, a Eugene distillery has come up with their own substitute.

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Eugene’s business forecast for 2020 just got hazier, following Governor Brown’s directive to cancel large public gatherings as a precaution against COVID-19.

Karen Richards

Past and present Kidsports coaches toured the new fieldhouse at 20th and Amazon in Eugene this week. They were invited to sign the cement foundation, where their names and words will remain under the courts’ wood flooring.

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State economists say it’s too soon to know how the spread of the COVID-19 virus will impact Oregon’s economy.

Recorded On: March 6, 2020

Air Date: March 9, 2020

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Recorded On: February 28, 2020

Air Date: March 2, 2020

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According to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, local employers are experiencing difficulties in retaining employees, which can stunt the growth of their businesses. The panelists will discuss this challenge, explaining its causes and describing strategies for addressing the problem.


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Taylor’s Bar & Grill has closed permanently. This after years of complaints and problems including documented rapes, assaults, and druggings.  


The share of young Oregonians going into traditional blue collar jobs is on the rise. That’s according to a new analysis by a state economist.

Karen Richards

Thursday’s Springfield City Club hosted a pitch for an indoor track in Glenwood. Dubbed a ‘pre-presentation’ because there isn’t a definite site yet, organizers feel positive about their prospects.

There will be no charges against several protesters who entered a Eugene brewery and denounced a local business group earlier this month.

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Despite a disruptive protest last weekend, the owner of Eugene’s Elk Horn Brewery says business is rebounding.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, their work continues on reducing “lawlessness” across the downtown.

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For cannabis dispensaries, Oregon ranks top nationally for states, with five of its cities in the top 10.

Karen Richards

Amid the larger construction projects in Eugene is a small but impactful building at the corner of 16th and Pearl. The new Midtown Arts Center is a unique mixed-use concept.

Onward Eugene/Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

The multinational outfit Philips announced last month they’re closing Electrical Geodesics, Inc, a medical device company in Eugene. About 60 people are expected to lose their jobs by the end of this year. But, a local effort aims to retain their talent.

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A bill heard Monday in the Oregon House Judiciary Committee would require most businesses to accept cash.

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A new nonprofit funded by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce launched this week. Onward Eugene is aimed at sustaining and building economic growth in the city.

Karen Richards

Starting a business in a rural community has unique challenges, especially around funding. Leaders in Veneta are leaning their shoulders into a program called VenetaWorks. It's producing a core of thriving small businesses. This week they had a celebration of entrepreneurs.

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Construction work can be dangerous, but a new Oregon training program aims to beef up worker safety for a part of the job that’s often overlooked: their lunchbox.