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Local rental owners group reports 4.8% vacancy rate

TheSouthern Oregon Rental Owners Association reports a 4.8 percent vacancy rate January.

That translates to 147 vacancies among 3,050 units owned or managed by the group's membership. The vacancy rate was 3.8 percent in December and 4.7 in November.

"Although 4.8 seems to be a little high, I don't think it becomes a trend until you have an increase in vacancies for three months in a row," says SOROA president Carlyle F. Stout III.

The group's monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at J.J. North's Grand Buffet, 1016 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Local attorneys John and Mindy Ferris will talk about eviction procedures and ways for landlords to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls.

Local chamber wins several awards from executives group

The cChamber of Medford/Jackson County has earned several honors in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The chamber earned four awards of merit for the Business Review and the 2001 Community Profile & Membership Guide. The chamber also received honorable mention awards for the 2001 Survivor Drive Membership Campaign and "The Year of the Chamber" special supplement, which was produced in conjunction with the Mail Tribune.

Awards for Communications Excellence is an annual competition. This year's ACE competition drew 286 entries from 200 chambers throughout the country.

Pampered Lady store moves to 20 S. Central Ave., Medford

The Pampered Lady Lingerie Boutique has moved. The new store is at 20 S. Central Ave. in Medford. The store features a complete line of lingerie for the mature woman.

Owner Sue Freidel has more than 16 years of experience in small business. The Pampered Lady is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The phone number is 773-3253.

Class for entrepreneurs set for March 4 and 11 at RCC center

Dynamic Customer Service, a class for entrepreneurs and small business owners, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays March 4 and 11.

The instructor for the six-hour course is Donna Love of Rogue Community College's Small Business Development Center. The cost is $52. The course is held at the center, 214 S.W. Fourth St., Grants Pass. For information, call 541-956-7494.

RCC course in electronic commerce begins March 6

Rogue Community College is offering a course in electronic commerce at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 6-18. Topics will include how e-commerce can increase sales through expanded markets and developing a plan for adding e-commerce to marketing strategies.

Instructors are Dale Prohaska, Gordon Bowen, and Donna Love. The cost is $35. The course will be at the RCC Downtown Center, 290 N.E. C St., Grants Pass. For information, call 541-956-7494.

Bidding, estimating class set to begin March 7 at RCC

A nine-hour class in bidding and estimating will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays March 7-21. Participants will learn how to profitably bid and estimate products and services and take all costs into consideration.

The Instructor is Steve Siegel. The cost is $72. The class will be held at the RCC Riverside campus, Building G-12, 117 S. Central Ave., Medford. For information, call 541-956-7494.

Compiled from staff reports