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|Articles - December 2011|
|Thursday, November 17, 2011|
The New Year approaches, triggering the annual reflex to assess the year gone by. It was a year of impressive anniversaries for Oregon Business: the magazine turned 30, and our 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project turned 18.
The past few years have been pretty tough on publishing and I, like most of you, feel lucky to have weathered the storm.
But is the storm over? That’s the central question of our cover story, which asks: What’s ahead? After many interviews where we asked the experts to peer into their crystal balls and tell us what 2012 might bring, the answer is not clear. That’s usually the problem with crystal balls. The indicators are mixed and the Optimism Barometer depends on your industry. In housing? So sorry. Exporting goods? You’re doing OK. Retail? Well, let’s wait and see how this holiday shopping season turns out. As writer Jon Bell describes the economic weather report: heavy gray skies will continue to hang around with a few small bright spots to help pierce the gray.
But Oregon’s business community has not let the gloom keep them from some impressive accomplishments this past year. In our September issue, managing editor Linda Baker wrote about how business leadership scored a triumph in education reform in this year’s legislative session, and in this issue she reports on another business-supported effort, the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange. The exchange would allow employers with fewer than 50 workers to shop for health insurance while qualifying for tax credits. How both of these efforts move forward will make the 2012 legislative session that starts Feb. 1 even more critical to the business community.
It’s interesting to note this month’s Input survey as we head into the teeth of the local and national political season. We polled readers on how much they trust — or don't — various sources of information, and political parties and candidates for office came in dead last. Business-oriented magazines came in second. I know one business-oriented magazine that takes that as a challenge to get to No. 1. Or at least stay ahead — and above — the politics.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
As a general rule, the more people with autism can be provided with visual cues, the better they will be able to understand and manage their environment. It’s a lesson Tom Keating learned well. The 61-year-old Eugene grant writer spent 31 years taking care of his autistic brother James, and in the late 1980s developed a spreadsheet that created a series of nonsense characters that grew or shrank depending on how much money James had in his account.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY BEN DEJARNETTE | INVESTIGATEWEST
Timber companies and environmental groups take a stab at collaboration to boost logging and restoration in Oregon fires.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Astrid Scholz scales up sustainability.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
inDinero, a business that manages back-office accounting for startups and smaller companies, recently announced it would relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Portland. We talked to CEO Jessica Mah about what drew her to Portland and how she plans to disrupt the traditional CPA model.
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Male tech workers speak out on the industry's gender troubles.
Friday, May 08, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.
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