Craft Beverage Reform and Modernization Act of 2015 May Bring Reduced Federal Excise Taxes and Regulatory Burdens to Producers

This month Oregon Senator Ron Wyden introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill, the Craft Beverage Reform and Modernization Act of 2015, that would ease regulations on smaller producers of alcoholic beverages and decrease excise taxes.  The Act combines aspects from prior bills—the Small BREW Act, the Fair BEER Act, the AGED Spirits Act, the Distillery

Oregon Cider Week | June 18-28

Cidermakers Announce the Fourth Annual Oregon Cider Week. Celebrate the Northwest’s most exciting beverage with tastings, tap take-overs, cider dinners, and more. The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Oregon Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider. Cidermakers in the Northwest have a lot to celebrate. Several of regional cideries have won national

Crowdfunding in Oregon’s Craft Beverage Industry

By Caleb A. Williams In a recent edition of Business Briefs we discussed crowdfunding and the opportunity to use such an investment vehicle for real estate development. Recent events in Oregon require that we return to the topic of crowdfunding. “Crowdfunding” is used to describe several different forms of raising capital, including advance sales of

Beware of Annual Meeting Minutes Scams

Beware of annual meeting minutes scams. If you responded to a solicitation entitled “2014 – Annual Minutes Form” you may be entitled to a refund.   Recently,  a Florida company named “Annual Business Services” was soliciting Oregon businesses with the promise to prepare corporate minutes for a fee of $125. The solicitation looked as though it

2013 Legislation Affecting Oregon Business: Benefit Companies

By: Caleb Williams 2013 Legislation Affecting Oregon Business: Benefit Companies In 2013, Oregon has become the most recent state in a wave of states to create a legal framework for a “benefit company.” As of this writing, 19 states and the District of Columbia have adopted similar legislation. Oregon is relatively unique, in that it