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Jenny Bennett named finalist for Woman Business Leader of the Year award by Eugene Chamber of Commerce

We are so proud of Jenny Bennett, CFMP for being named a finalist for Woman Business leaders Leader of the Year award by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. “Jenny is a loyal and fierce advocate for children and families in our community and selflessly gives of her time and …

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Craig Wanichek named an Executive of the Year by Portland Business Journal

Portland, OR – Summit Bank is proud to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Craig Wanichek, has been named an Executive of the Year by the Portland Business Journal. The Executive of the Year award is given to top executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and business acumen …

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On the right path?

Four key strategies all businesses should employ in the current environment. The state of Oregon’s economic forecast looks surprisingly bright, even taking into account historic pressure from inflation. Labor markets are expected to grow; however, labor will remain tight for businesses looking to hire. Inflation will persist noticeably above the …

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Acting in your best interest

Central Oregon Market President Gary O’Connell talks about banking and his brief time in movies. Gary O’Connell started making loans in high school. As an avid sports card collector, he would buy cases of baseball cards at Costco, bring them to school, and sell individual wax packs. If his friends …

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How to build an employee-centric culture

The tight labor market is creating significant challenges for businesses large and small throughout Oregon and the nation. The recovery from the pandemic, while overwhelmingly positive, has created a situation where employers are often struggling to fill positions at every level. And while competitive compensation and benefits are still key tools …

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