March 15 business briefs
OSU announces family-business challenge
Oregon State University's College of Business has put out a call for applicants for its 2017 Excellence in Family Business Challenge. The awards through the college's Austin Family Business Program, named after A-dec Inc. founders Ken and Joan Austin, recognize family-owned businesses, regardless of size or longevity, able to demonstrate one of three fundamental qualities: family harmony, generational development or business renewal. Entrants to the contest can see where they stand compared to other similar businesses and engage with resources at OSU, while winners will be promoted to statewide media. More information and applications are available at business.oregon state.edu/familybusinesson line/excellence-family-business- challenge.
A to Z Wineworks earns 'Hot Brand' distinction
Dundee Winery A to Z Wineworks has been recognized as an "Impact Hot Brand" by communications firm M. Shanken Communications, publisher of Wine Spectator, for the winery's rapid growth in 2016. The distinction, according to a press release, is awarded to wine brands "depleting more than 250,000 cases while growing either 15 percent or more" in a year or by growing at least 10 percent for three consecutive years. Formed in 2002, A to Z Wineworks has seen its sales and production triple in the past decade and is the first Oregon winery to receive the distinction, according to the release.
Yamhill County tops online wine destination list
Yamhill County has been ranked as the best county for wine in America for the second year in a row based on a study by SmartAsset, a financial advice and data crunching website. The study assessed individual counties based on the number, concentration and ranking of wineries as well as the average nightly Airbnb rate, all of which were factored into a numerical score. The study found Yamhill County has 85 wineries, 8.42 wineries per square mile and an average Airbnb price of $199 per night, giving it a slight edge over second-place King County, Wash., and the more winery-populated third-place Napa County in California. The full results are at available at smartasset.com/credit-cards/best-wine- destinations-2017.