Car ignition recalls and lean product design

Friday, April 11, 2014
04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


How to boost web traffic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

04.10.14 thumb seo-trafficSEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO).  Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.


Eking out a living

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

Friday, April 04, 2014
EducationCosts BlogBY ERIC FRUITS

The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


Green your workplace

Thursday, April 03, 2014
100Green14logo200oxBY OB STAFF

Learn how to green your workplace and lower your environmental footprint at the office. Oregon Business presents a two-hour "Greening Your Workplace" seminar on May 28th, 2014 at the Nines Hotel in Portland.


Are millennials reshaping politics in the Pacific Northwest?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

MillennialsThumbA new report explores the impact of millennials on Oregon's business and political climate.


Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


How to handle the unexpected

Friday, March 28, 2014
03.28.14 thumb disasterBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


Video: Kickstarting Oregon business

Thursday, March 27, 2014
02.04.14 Thumbnail VideoBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Watch this OB Original Video about three Oregon companies and how crowd-funding "kickstarted" their business ideas.


Closing the gap: Community colleges and workforce training

Thursday, March 27, 2014
03.27.14 thumb collegeBY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.


Buy the book

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


How to help your staff solve their own problems

Friday, March 21, 2014
03.21.14 thumb coxcoffeeTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.


Our Featured Stories

  • Port at a crossroads

    Facing turmoil and transition, the Port of Portland struggles to position itself for the future.

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    The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.

  • Defensive play

    The defense market can be easy to overlook in Oregon, a place with a bigger reputation for its antiwar movements than for its military history. Yet when it comes to the U.S. defense budget, the Department of Defense did roughly $1 billion in business in Oregon that year.


Act-On Software lands $42M

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Beaverton-based software company will use this money for new product development, sales expansion and to hire more employees.

Ocean Power Technologies abandons Oregon wave project

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Jersey-based company offered its shares to the public, raising net proceeds of $12.5 million.

Oregon Innovation Council seeks new investment ideas

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oregon InC will be taking proposals for ideas that will help build new and emerging industries in the state.

Salem council to consider grants for developers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salem City Council could change the Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal plan to offer a $75,000 grant to build a rehabilitation facility.

Job vacancies up in small businesses

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Oregon Employment Department reported 32,700 job openings in businesses throughout the state.

Business tax credits gaining traction in Congress

Monday, April 14, 2014

The tax extenders would benefit a wide variety of industries.

Salem job rate, home prices up

Monday, April 14, 2014

Job growth in the capitol is up  2.6%; home prices are up 5.7%.

Portland IT company reports sharp growth

Monday, April 14, 2014

Puppet Labs doubled its business in three first-quarter metrics: customers, bookings and jobs.

Apple acquires hydroelectric project in Prineville

Monday, April 14, 2014

The company took over the project at a Central Oregon site near Apple's new data center.

Oak Grove recognized as a top retirement community

Monday, April 14, 2014

Forbes magazine named Oak Grove as one of the 25 best retirement suburbs in 2014.

Airbnb to collect Portland lodging tax

Friday, April 11, 2014

The short-term rental company amended its terms of service to facilitate the collection of lodging taxes in Portland and San Francisco.

Negotiations continue over Centennial Mills redevelopment

Friday, April 11, 2014

Harsch Investment Properties and the Portland Development Commission hope to reach an agreement this summer over Harsch's acquisition and development of the property.

Business group proposes downtown Eugene development

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rowell Brokaw Architects seeks to transform a parking lot into a six-story building.

Portland startup wins $100K

Friday, April 11, 2014

WelVU was awarded a $100,000 convertible note from The Social+Capital Partnership.

One million tickets sold through TriMet app

Friday, April 11, 2014

The mobile ticketing app has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.

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