Three problems with Obama's immigration order

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

Thursday, November 20, 2014
kale-thumbnailBY OB STAFF

Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


Healthcare pullback

Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


The short list: 5 hot coffee shops for entrepreneurs

Friday, November 14, 2014


Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.


Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

Thursday, November 13, 2014
carsonstudentdept-thumbBY RYAN CARSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


The clean fuels opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014
111014-dirtyfuel-thumbBY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


Growing a mobility cluster

Friday, October 31, 2014
0414 bikes bd2f6052BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


The 100 Best Companies survey is open

Friday, October 24, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1How does your workplace stack up against competitors? How can you improve workplace practices to help recruit and retain employees? Find out by taking our 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey!


OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

Friday, October 24, 2014

24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.


Two Sides of the Coin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
22 twosidesBY JASON NORRIS

Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


Podcast: Turn Things Around with David Marquet

Friday, October 17, 2014
davidmarquet thumbBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

How can you move from a command-and-control leadership model to one of true empowerment and accountability? David Marquet did, and he took notes along the way.


Measure 91: What Oregon Businesses Need to Know

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some common misconceptions employers have about marijuana.


Our Featured Stories

  • A Complex Portrait: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

    Oregon Business reports on the visa squeeze, the skills gap and foreign-born residents who are revitalizing rural Oregon.

  • Woman of Steel

    Tamara Lundgren tackles the challenges—without getting trampled.

  • Revenge Forestry

    A flare-up in the Elliott Forest raises questions about détente in Oregon’s timber wars.


Kitzhaber says budget released on Monday will expand social safety net

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

An early look at the governor's proposed budget shows that he plans on expanding aid to low-income citizens as well as a bump in funding for early-childhood education.

Portland Business Alliance poll: Citizens want a vote on proposed street tax

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The mayor and city commissioner say the people want a street tax, but can't come to a consensus on what form it would take.

Judge nixes Nike's request for preliminary injunction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The sporting-goods company wanted its case against a former head of South Africa over wrongful termination to be heard in Oregon instead of Davide Cardarelli's native land of Italy.

Auto industry continues to consolidate dealer structure

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fewer, bigger companies are the result of several dealers and brands being lost to the great recession of 2008.

Data firm says housing prices leveling in Portland

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

RealtyTrac reported the median single-family home price in the Portland area was $268,000 in October — down from $270,000 in September.

Gigapan sells off hardware division of company

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The company's images were renowned for their stunning quality due to its high-resolution technology.

Newport Fisherman's Wives set to file suit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The group is looking to stop the Coast Guard from closing its Newport Air Facility.

Southwestern Oregon told to brace for 'silver tsunami'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Baby boomers are expected to relocate from California to the Pacific Northwest in the coming years, according to an Oregon economist.

Drop in gas price could spell uptick in discretionary spending

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

With the price of a gallon hovering above $3, state economist says spending should rise in time for holidays.

Green Sports Alliance hires scientist to be new president

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The nonprofit also named Justin Zeulner — former sustainability director of the Portland Trailblazers — as its new chief operating officer.

Vigor Industrial puts continent's largest drydock to work

Monday, November 24, 2014

The SS Algol, which is 936 feet long, docked at the Vigorous on Monday.

Columbia Sportswear unveils NYC brand store

Monday, November 24, 2014

The company's first branded store is in New York's Meatpacking District.

Lane Co. doles out $10,000 grants for tourism proposals

Monday, November 24, 2014

The county is using money from lodging taxes to pay for projects that encourage tourism in the region.

Columbia Helicopters gets OK to fly new aircraft

Monday, November 24, 2014

Eight Boeing CH-47D Chinook models will be flown by the company.

Portland financial startup says it raised $2 million

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mirador Financial develops a program to aid banks in assessing small-business loans.

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