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|Articles - July/August 2014|
|Friday, July 11, 2014|
BY KIM MOORE
The wedding business is a $165 billion industry, with more than 2.4 million weddings every year in the U.S., according to the Association of Bridal Consultants. The average cost of a wedding in Oregon was $25,597 in 2012, per The Wedding Report. Summer remains the most popular time for nuptials, with 35% of couples tying the knot during the sunshine-filled months in 2013, according to TheKnot.com. Couples are spending more on their big day as the economy improves. Wedding budgets have increased steadily since the economic downturn of 2008. Couples spent a record high national average of $29,858 in 2013, a 5% increase compared with the 2012 national average, according to TheKnot.com.
Despite couples spending more money to tie the knot, the number of marriages in Oregon is on the decline. It reached a six-year low in 2013, according to preliminary figures from the Oregon Health Authority. The recent lifting of a ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon is a boon for wedding businesses and will likely boost the state’s marriage rate. Same-sex weddings could potentially add $47.3 million to Oregon’s economy in the three years following the lifting of the ban, with $30.3 million spent in the first year alone, according to The Williams Institute. The think tank, part of the University of California School of Law, estimated the economic boost of same-sex marriage in Oregon in April this year before the ban was lifted on May 19, 2014. Direct spending by resident same-sex couples on their weddings would add $37.7 million to the state and local economy in the first three years following the nixing of the ban.
Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Friday, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
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Vigilant enters a New Year with a new president.
How George Fox has become one of Oregon's largest private universities.
Forest Grove sees growth in the burgeoning food and beverage scene.
Lane Powell Shareholder Susan K. Eggum has been elected as vice chair of programs and projects for the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC’s) Employment Law Committee.
Geffen Mesher is saddened to announce the passing of long-time shareholder, Tom “Mike” Anderson, who died on July 10, 2014, from liver disease diagnosed after recent heart surgery. He was 55 years old.
Fifteen Lane Powell attorneys have been named 2014 “Oregon Super Lawyers,” and another five attorneys have been named as “Oregon Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.