THE BUSINESS REVIEW
The Official Digital Monthly Publication of
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
"HELPING BUSINESS SUCCEED"
Education & Innovation
— June / July 2019 Issue —
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IN THIS ISSUE
Merkley Introduces Legislation To Offer Fossil Fuel Divestment Options For Federal Employees
SARA HOTTMAN | STATE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY
New bill will give federal employees the option to invest retirement savings in funds free of fossil fuel resources
After Tumultuous Week, Oregon Senate Passes Historic School Funding Bill
DIRK VANDERHART| OPB| MAY 13, 2019
After nearly a week of delay, and no fewer than three bills falling dead in its wake, a bill to inject $1 billion a year more into Oregon’s K-12 schools is on its way to the governor.
OREGON UPDATE
Senate Showdown
AUBREY WIEBER, MARK MILLER AND CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE|OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU | JUNE 20, 2019
SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on the Oregon State Police Thursday to round up Republican senators absent from the Capitol to protest a major environmental policy. The state Senate came to a standstill Thursday morning after the chamber’s 11 Republicans didn’t show.
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Stand With Your Chamber in Our Fight for Your Voice
BY JOHN WATT | JWA PUBLIC AFFAIRS | JUNE 12, 2019
This legislative session has been among the worst in terms of the amount of consideration given to the voice of business. Chambers, business associations, and you, have had no say in the ways that legislators have chosen to spend more of your hard earned dollars.

Creating An Effective Workforce System For The New Economy
BY WAN-LAE CHENG, THOMAS DOHRMANN, MIKE KERLIN, JONATHAN LAW, AND SREE RAMASWAMY
Governments have an important role to play in building a deeper pool of qualified workers and fueling economic growth.
Ageism Is Becoming A Major Issue For Corporations
BY NICOLE GALLUCCI | THE GLOBE AND MAIL | MAY 1, 2018
In an era of inclusivity and diversity, ageism is growing as one of the new challenges that businesses face. Ageism is defined as “prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s age.”
creating a strong economy
Going Back To College After 50: The New Normal?
BY LAUREN QUINN| FORBES | JULY 1, 2018
Now that college commencement season 2018 is in the books, it's easy to picture an empty campus quad with  ivy-clad buildings awaiting a new batch of eager young learners this fall. But many of this year’s graduates didn’t fit this profile.
Employees Recognized As Banner Bank’s Best
A Medford Banner Bank employee has been selected to receive the Banner’s Best award. This award represents the highest level of recognition within the company and the recipients are truly Banner’s best.
local spotlight
Linda Henning - Artist
I capture what people love: their people, pets, and homes. I invite you to look at my work and consider me to create a lasting image for you and your family.
Bullet Rental & Sales, Inc. Welcomes New Store Manager
Bullet Rental & Sales, Inc. welcomes Justin Azevedo as the new store manager of the company’s Medford location.
Mercy Flights CEO Partners To Enhance Healthcare In Ghana
Event Announcement - Tuesday May 18, 2019. A full program educating businesses regarding exploring and pursuing exporting opportunities.
Greeter of the month
Wendy Roberts
Ambassador Spotlight
Jim Ward - The Pet Butler Ambassador Since: November 2016
promoting the community
ACCESS Awarded Non-Profit Recycler Of The Year
On Friday, June 21st, ACCESS was awarded the Non-Profit Recycler of the Year Award by the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR). This statewide award annually recognizes the nonprofit, individual, business, higher education and public agency that demonstrates significant accomplishments in reusing, recycling, composting and waste reduction.
Community Philanthropist Sherm Olsrud Dies
Sherm Olsrud, community benefactor and retired president of Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less markets, died Tuesday surrounded by family, his son said. “Sherm loved living and working in the Rogue Valley and was proud to be a part of the Southern Oregon Community,” Steve Olsrud posted on Facebook Wednesday evening.
KAYLEE TORNAY | MAIL TRIBUNE | MAY 15, 2019
Southern Oregon Relay For Life 2019 Survivor Celebration
Josephine County Relay for Life (sub-committee for the Southern Oregon Relay For Life) is hosting a Josephine County Survivors Celebration on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Friutdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass, 97527.
Dane Reynolds Receives First “Know Your Role” Scholarship
For the past two years, KOBI-TV NBC5 and the Southern Oregon Sports Commission have worked locally to improve sportsmanship and good behavior at youth sporting events by promoting the Know Your Role campaign. The message says, “You can be a coach, an athlete, a parent or a referee. Pick one and know your role.”
THE COACH IS IN
Keeping On The Innovative Edge
By Marshall Doak Director of the Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center
Our region’s real estate market continues to show some resiliency, even though some national indicators have flattened-out recently.
How Innovative Technology Is Advancing Education
By Russ Kuhn, MAML University Development Counselor Grand Canyon University, Medford
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts are a major focus in classroom curriculum today, but technology is also transforming education and equipping schools in another way. Different software, apps, systems and strategies are empowering teachers and modernizing classrooms.
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Dane Reynolds Receives First “Know Your Role” Scholarship
For the past two years, KOBI-TV NBC5 and the Southern Oregon Sports Commission have worked locally to improve sportsmanship and good behavior at youth sporting events by promoting the Know Your Role campaign. The message says, “You can be a coach, an athlete, a parent or a referee. Pick one and know your role.”
How Innovative Technology Is Advancing Education
By Russ Kuhn, MAML University Development Counselor Grand Canyon University, Medford
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts are a major focus in classroom curriculum today, but technology is also transforming education and equipping schools in another way. Different software, apps, systems and strategies are empowering teachers and modernizing classrooms.
Creating An Effective Workforce System For The New Economy
BY WAN-LAE CHENG, THOMAS DOHRMANN, MIKE KERLIN, JONATHAN LAW, AND SREE RAMASWAMY
Governments have an important role to play in building a deeper pool of qualified workers and fueling economic growth.
Community Philanthropist Sherm Olsrud Dies at 95
Sherm Olsrud, community benefactor and retired president of Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less markets, died Tuesday surrounded by family, his son said. “Sherm loved living and working in the Rogue Valley and was proud to be a part of the Southern Oregon Community,” Steve Olsrud posted on Facebook Wednesday evening.
KAYLEE TORNAY | MAIL TRIBUNE | MAY 15, 2019
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