Main Ingredient - November 2012

Tapping into Oregon

Tapping into Oregon

Twelve sample shots, ranging from a pale to red to nearly black craft beers, sit on a numbered tray at Hop Valley Brewing Company in Springfield. The brewery’s corresponding menu/guide includes tasting notes on an enticing selection that features Hefeweizen, porter, as well as a few IPAs and reds. The paradox of choice (too many options) is not an issue until the little glasses are empty.

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Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, home to the coffee culture, microbrew nation, cocktail hipster, and down to earth local wine enthusiast. If you are planning to mix things up on your current menu and haven’t given much thought to the beverage section, well you’re about to get spanked on your bottom line. If your drink offering is limited to coffee, soda, tea and milk, then you are possibly doing a disservice to yourself and your customers.

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Music Licensing

Music Licensing

If you don’t understand why you must pay to use music in your business, you’re not alone. The need for music licensing often comes as a surprise to new entrepreneurs, and sometimes is misunderstood by even veteran business owners. Because we can buy a CD and play music as much as we want in our homes or cars, we sometimes like to think we can do the same in our businesses.

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What Restaurants Can Learn From Seinfeld

Learn from Seinfeld

Most Seinfeld fans will remember the classic episode where Jerry, George and Elaine are waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant prior to going to a movie. During their long wait, the Maître d’ continually assures the group that their table would be ready in “5, 10 minutes”, but the wait is elongated to consume the entire 30 minute episode.

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Shaping the Future of Credit Cards

Future of Credit Cards

Consumers are spending less (whether driven by austerity or reluctance to take on more debt), regulatory pressures are constraining fees and interest rates, and delinquencies and charge-offs have caused credit card issuers to experience a material impact on income.

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Alcohol Impact Area

Alcohol Impact Area

The City of Portland has been trying to get an Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) established in downtown Portland for some time now, to try and prevent or reduce street drinking. The AIA introduced by Portland this time around would not have applied to drinks consumed in on-premise establishments.

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72-Hour Closure Bill

72 Hour Closure

During the 2011 Legislative Session, Representative Tina Kotek (D-Portland) introduced House Bill 3295 for the City of Portland, which would have enabled a city to order the cessation of alcoholic beverage sales for 72 hours upon a “reasonable belief” that certain conditions exist.

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