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  • Hotel figures improve for region in many key areas

  • Southern Oregon hotel and innkeepers collectively showed year-over-year improvements in February and fared better than the state as a whole.
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  • Southern Oregon hotel and innkeepers collectively showed year-over-year improvements in February and fared better than the state as a whole.
    Figures compiled by Smith Travel Research of Hendersonville, Tenn., showed year-over-year improvements in occupancy (5.3 percent), room rates (2.7 percent), revenue per available room (8.2 percent), demand (4.5 percent) and revenue, which grew 7.4 percent to $7.14 million for the month.
    The only category where the region declined was in room supply, which slipped 0.8 percent primarily on the removal of dozens of former Red Lion hotel rooms in Medford before it transitioned into the Inn at the Commons.
    The only category where the state as a whole outshined Southern Oregon was in room rates. Local rates averaged $72.21, compared to $92.59 statewide. The high end for room rates was in Portland at $105.86, while the low end was $67.06 in Eastern Oregon.
    Grants Pass chiropractor Jon N. Chambers of Life Discovery Chiropractic & Wellness has opened a satellite office at 607 Siskiyou Blvd., Suite 3, in Ashland.
    Chambers will treat patients at the new office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. He anticipates adding additional days to his Ashland schedule in the future.
    The Grants Pass office is at 1215 NE 7th St., Suite F.
    Umpqua Holdings will pay a 15 cents per share dividend on April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 31. Umpqua earned $25 million during the final quarter of 2013.
    Southern Oregon Bookkeepers Association will review four ways business owners can keep tabs on bookkeeping operations during its 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, meeting in downtown Medford.
    Small business owners are the most vulnerable target when it comes to internal fraud, making it important to have certain security measures in place.
    SOBA will cover steps for business owners to immediately take to keep aware of finances and prevent losses; common protections small business owners mistakenly think they have in place; pre-hiring practices; and annual inspections and how they work.
    The gathering is in Room 127 of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center at 101 S Bartlett St., Medford.
    Lisa Manyon will share her marketing expertise at the Thursday, April 10, Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon meeting.
    Manyon will discuss why pushy marketing tactics aren't working, the importance of creating marketing messages based on your values, choosing words carefully, relationship-based marketing and creating messages with integrity.
    Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m.
    The event is at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road in Medford. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for the program only.
    Compiled from staff reports
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