Oregon’s minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2019. Portland metro area will go up to $12.50hr, but rural counties will be $11.00 and non-rural counties will be $11.25hr. Go to oregon.gov to see the details. This is the time to keep a close eye on your payroll costs, because payroll is one of the largest costs for small businesses. And Keeping your staff running efficiently is one important way to improve your bottom line. Have your bookkeeper prepare a budget for you, so that you can track costs and stick to your goals. If you’d like more ideas on how to reduce your costs contact firstname.lastname@example.org.