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Bridge Lighting
What a wonderful question my ears heard last week, “How can I donate towards the Bridge Lighting Fund?” This community never ceases to amaze me with our kind generosity – incredible! Well I’ll tell you, there is a fund in place just for that specific beauty of Gold Beach. Please make your checks payable to: Curry County-FBO Bridge Lighting Fund (the FBO stands for ’For Benefit Of’) and mail your generous donations to Curry County, 94235 Moore Street, Suite #122, Gold Beach, OR 97444. This fund was established over 5 years ago and has been designated specifically for the purpose of the Patterson Bridge Lighting, funds deposited and withdrawn for this sole project and its direct costs. Thank you for keeping our coveted bridge shining bright.
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Business Tip
A look at small business questions from the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). By Arlene M. Soto CMA, CGBP, Southwestern SBDC Director Should I install an ATM in my small business? Automated Teller Machines or ATMs provide a customer convenience feature that can benefit some small businesses. According to ATMIA (Automatic Teller Machine Industry Association there are approximately 2.3 million ATM’s worldwide. According to Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA, one of the benefits to retailers of having an ATM is “ATMs increase annual sales of retailers situated in proximity to them by up to 25% through a phenomenon known as impulse buying”. The owner of an ATM earns a profit by charging a fee for the convenience of providing cash. Fees typically range from $1.75 - $2.50 per transaction. The ATM owner will need to check with state regulations to learn the maximum allowable charges for withdrawals. Often, the ATM owner will pay a “rental” fee to a business establishment for the space occupied by that unit. All of the money withdrawn from an ATM is directly deposited back into a checking account for the machine owner, usually the next business day, along with fees that are earned from transactions. According to Aimee Leeper, Marketing Manager for Triton Systems, “the average ATM in a retail environment will have 6-10 transactions per day.” Transaction fees will need to be based on competition nearby, convenience, costs and the location of the ATM. There are costs to consider when installing an ATM. ATM machines can cost between $1,500 and $15,000 to purchase depending on the type of machine and the vendor the machine is purchased from. There are ongoing maintenance, supply and upkeep costs to keep the machine operational and in compliance with regulations. Also, there are monthly line charges for access to interbank networks. Before installing an ATM it will be important to look at costs versus potential revenue to ensure this investment will be profitable. Before considering the installation of an ATM it’s important to research: •Costs both upfront and ongoing, •Benefits to customers and the business, •Customer needs so the correct features are available, •Regulatory issues to avoid any penalties, •Risks both theft and down time, •Vendors who can provide the features needed at an affordable price, •Features customers prefer, •Profit potential for offering this service, •And alternative solutions such as accepting credit card payments. Installing an ATM is a business decision worth considering if you are trying to keep customers onsite and give them the ability to make larger purchases. It is not the answer for every small business. The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, the Oregon Business Development Department and Southwestern Oregon Community College. Arlene M. Soto has been the Director of the Southwestern Small Business Development Center since July 2007. To ask a question call 541-756-6445, e-mail, or write 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459. Additional help is available at the OSBDCN Web page
Top 10 Reasons
Support locally owned businesses, credited to Institute for Local Self-Reliance ( 1. Local Character and Prosperity - In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. 2. Community Well-Being - Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. 3. Local Decision-Making - Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. 4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy - Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. 5. Job and Wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. 6. Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. 7. Public Benefits and Costs - Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. 8. Environmental Sustainability - Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walk able town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. 9. Competition - A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 10. Product Diversity - A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Baggage Battles
Baggage Battles comes to southern Oregon to feature local company. Wild Rivers Auctioneers and Appraisers, Diane and Jan Bendis, have been selected by the popular series Baggage Battles to conduct a huge auction sale in Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Baggage Battles is a Travel channel original series reality-style television show. It involves auction hunting and bidding wars. Some of the items up for auction include computers, knives, electronics, clothing and jewelry, cameras, sporting goods and much more. Each episode takes you along through the process of checking out the merchandise before the bidding starts on the unclaimed items. You watch the bidding war during the baggage auction. Then after the auction is over, you get to see what each group has won. Each episode showcases a new destination with different unclaimed bags and new treasures. Tune in the Travel Channel on January 14, and watch the fun. For a quick show preview visit

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Business Tip: Calculating ROI
A look at small business questions from the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). By Arlene M. Soto CMA, CGBP, Southwestern SBDC Director How do I calculate return on investment in my business? Return on investment (ROI) is a financial concept that measures the profitability of an investment. There are several methods to determine ROI but the most common is to divide net profit by total assets. For instance, if your net profit is $50,000 and your total assets are $200,000 your ROI would be 25%. A common definition of ROI is “a profitability measure that evaluates the performance of a business by dividing net profit by net worth”. In a small business uses of ROI could be to measure the performance of pricing policies or an investment in capital equipment or an inventory investment. When purchasing assets in a business such as inventory or equipment you expect to get a financial benefit from the purchase. Return on investment is a tool to help decide between purchase alternatives that will either generate revenue or result in cost savings that benefit the net income of the business. Investors look at return on investment when choosing whether to fund a business venture. Return on investment may also be measured unconventionally such as in terms of social responsibility, environmental benefits or societal benefits. This is more difficult to measure. In determining the social return on investment, the payback would need to be quantified to calculate the cost versus the benefit. A network of practitioners was formed in 2006 to facilitate the evolution of calculating social return on investment. While return on investment is a useful tool to look at profitability, calculations are complicated by other factors such as time, maintenance costs, financing costs, other investment considerations and the overall goals of the company. For instance, with the purchase of capital equipment it is expected that equipment will provide a benefit to the company for several years so the net income will need to be estimated for future time periods to determine the overall ROI. Maintenance costs over the life of the equipment will reduce the overall ROI. An accountant can assist with the formulas to determine more complex ROI calculations. The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, the Oregon Business Development Department and Southwestern Oregon Community College. Arlene M. Soto has been the Director of the Southwestern Small Business Development Center since July 2007. To ask a question call 541-756-6445, e-mail, or write 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459. Additional help is available at the OSBDCN Web page

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Cedar Bend Golf Course News
What's Happening On The Course by Bud Guinn. Hi all, continuing work around the course. We were able to acquire multiple truck loads of mulch for around the trees....this will be a project for the next few months. Our high school intern, Brennan, has been doing a great job in spreading the mulch around the trees. This mulch/bark treatment is highly recommended for the trees. It keeps the weeds down eliminating a lot of weed eating every year. Also, the treatment significantly adds to the aesthetics of the course. We will be sodding the new blue summer tee for #6....I've been waiting for some rain to do this....need to have moisture for it to 'take'. BTW, where is the rain? You'll see a lot of areas that have had sand and seed installed (and now no rain for it to grow); please treat these areas as under repair and take a drop...also, if you can keep from driving or walking through the areas it would be appreciated. Also, we are implementing a local drop from the mulch around the trees. Lots of stuff on the agenda [with] the biggest of which is the refurbishing and installing of the caretaker quarters. Ever since the break-in/vandalism the board has talked about a full time caretaker. We offer a place to live in exchange for the 'presence' of a caretaker on the premises that hopefully will discourage future vandalism. Another big shout-out to all of the volunteers helping around the course. Join us on January 18th at 4pm for going away pot luck! Kay and Clive Bullion are leaving us and the Gold Beach area at the end of January to move up north. They have been a vital part of the Cedar Bend [golf course] family and it will be hard to see them go. So let's have a party and let them know how much we appreciate them. For members, friends and anyone you know that wants to join in. The bar will be available also. Join in at the 28th Annual Crab String Tournament. Enjoy a great golf tournament this Saturday, February 1st, at Cedar Bend Golf Course. Start at 8am for coffee and doughnuts and carry on for 9am tee, shotgun start. Bring your 5 man team, enjoy a crab dinner, and you get a string to catch those birdies that normally fly away; call to build your team if you find yourself short partners. Sign up at Cedar Bend Golf Course; entry is $45 each, carts are $10 per person. Payouts based on number of players. Deadline for entries is January 28th. Call Cedar Bend Golf Course for more information, 541-247-6911.
Oasis Shelter Home Wish List
Oasis Shelter Home is an emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. You can help by giving them items they need – garbage bags, light bulbs, kitchen garbage bags, 9 volt batteries, laundry soap, dish soap, bleach, dish washer soap, sponges, duffle bags, blue pens, stamps, envelopes, stack washer & dryer. Call them at 541-247-0607 to find out when you may drop off your donations.
Rogue River Rampage
Saturday, March 29, 10am – 12pm Location: 96847 Jerrys Flat Rd, Gold Beach, OR 97444 Join us for our second Rogue River Rampage mud run on Saturday, March 29th. Enjoy a scenic trek through Huntley Park with a dirty but fun 4 mile run/walk course with mud and obstacles too. Visit for course map, sponsors and to register for this fun Rampage. For more information call 541-247-0923.

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