Spring thaw

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.


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.


Our Featured Stories

  • Port at a crossroads

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

  • The more they change, the more they stay the same
    100-best-collageBY BRANDON SAWYER

    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.


Bain Capital pays $230M for stake in Portland tech firm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Boston-based financial firm purchased the equity stakes of two investors in Viewpoint Construction Software.

Chinese footwear contractor for Nike, Adidas makes offer to end strike

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd. offered to raise worker salaries and increase benefits.

San Francisco brewery hires Portland ad agency

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anchor Brewing Co. selected NORTH as its agency of record.

Portland coffee company enters singles market

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boyd Coffee Company released single-cup coffees for K-Cup brewers.

Central Oregon jobs remain stagnant

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deschutes County gained 230 jobs in March, when economists projected 250.

Abandoned I-5 bridge project cost $200M

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Columbia River Crossing paid $199,499,108 to 171 companies, consultants and others in the last 10 years.

Local nurseries see higher demand

Monday, April 21, 2014

Americans spent $50.4 billion last year on lawn and garden projects. In 2018, sales are projected to reach $61.9 billion.

Lloyd Center moves ahead with renovations

Monday, April 21, 2014

The new design focuses on pedestrian entrances and outward-facing storefronts.

Airbnb raises $450M in funding round

Monday, April 21, 2014

The San Francisco-based online rental service is said to be valued at roughly $10 billion.

Beer prices could rise under FDA rule

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration would require brewers and distillers to dry and package spent grain before distributing the material to local dairy farms.

China facility strike affects Nike and Adidas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Striking workers at a shoe factory in China disrupted shipments for Oregon's two prominent footwear companies.

PDC to sell Burnside Bridgehead site

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Portland Development Commission sold the site to Guerrilla Development Co. for $1.16 million.

Bigfoot Beverages to pay for 'pouring rights' at UO

Friday, April 18, 2014

The local Pepsi distributor will pay nearly $5 million in cash to be the University of Oregon's dominant drink supplier for the next eight years.

Tektronix revenues down 'slightly' in Q1

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rebound will be slow for the Washington County technology company.

Mark King named president of Adidas America

Friday, April 18, 2014

King has been the CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf since 2003.

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