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Shelbi Wescott

Managing Editor

5+ Years At Merchant Maverick

Expertise: Payroll, Small Business Insurance

Education: MAT Lewis & Clark College

Shelbi Wescott began working for Merchant Maverick in 2019 after 17 years as a journalism educator and publications advisor, where she has extensive knowledge of newsroom systems and editorial workflows. She has overseen multiple print and online publications and mentored hundreds of emerging writers. Shelbi is also an award-winning journalist, published author, and former small business owner with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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Black health matters

What Nonprofits Can Teach Small Businesses: Spotlight On NxNE Community Health Center

Nonprofits have plenty to teach small business owners about managing money and people, communicating a mission, carving out a needed niche, writing a business plan, and using social media to tell their story. Learn more about North by Northeast Community Health Center, the only free health clinic in Oregon dedicated to African American/Black health, and see how following the pattern of a successful nonprofit can change your business ethics and efficacy.

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Aug 5, 2020 Filed under: Business Spotlights
Ruby's Cleaning Service

Ruby’s Cleaning Service: A Pandemic Cinderella Story

Ashley Miller took COVID-related job loss and uncertainty and turned her misfortune into opportunity, starting Ruby’s Cleaning Service just months into the worldwide pandemic. Thanks to hard work and a solid niche in the real estate market, this cleaning business looks to have a bright future. Read on as we turn our small business spotlight on Ruby’s Cleaning Service, LLC.

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Jul 28, 2020 Filed under: Business Spotlights
Business Spotlight

Dissolution Of A Dream: One Small Business’s Journey To Closing Its Doors

Located in Portland, Oregon’s Sellwood neighborhood, the Pied Piper cafe opened in 2015. The business boasted a contained play area, served fresh food, and even had a patio and on-site parking. It was also the type of desired community gathering spot dreamed about by other frazzled parents juggling work and kids in the upscale district. Owner Melissa Swan recently closed her doors. Read more about her journey here.

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Jul 15, 2020 Filed under: Business Spotlights

Small Business Spotlight: Portland’s The Commissary Reopens With A PPP Loan

Wilson applied for a Payroll Protection Program loan with the bank where she has her business account. She was quickly approved and saw the loan deposit less than two weeks after approval. Per the SBA’s instructions, she understood 75% of the loan needed to go into payroll and employee retention during the next two and a half months in order to be eligible for forgiveness. There is ample trepidation about following the government’s directions.

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May 13, 2020 Filed under: Business Spotlights

What Is A Pay Stub? Here’s How To Create Pay Stubs Like A Pro

A pay stub is a form of communication between an employer and an employee, and it communicates with full transparency wages earned, taxes paid, and deductions removed. Employers should understand the information on a pay stub to help explain payroll taxes and possible deductions to their employees.

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Apr 13, 2021 Filed under: Payroll

How To Accept Donations Online In 2024

In recent years, charitable contributions online and crowdfunding have become extremely popular. At the heart of online donations is a way to take money, which means payment cards, ACH/bank transfers, and similar. We’ve gathered a few highly-rated tools that can help you design and manage a fundraising campaign.

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May 1, 2024 Filed under: Credit Card Processing