February 2009

Commercial real estate hits lows

Commercial real estate markets nationwide and in Oregon will bottom out this year, and not see a meaningful recovery until 2010, according to a joint report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute.

Tactics: Hoffman Construction's work in progress

WayneDrinkward.jpg“If anyone in business is under 40, they haven’t been through this stuff. When you’re an old guy, you have a model of how to get through it.”

Tea founder brews more startups

She’s no longer CEO of Oregon Chai, the company she founded in 1994 in her mother’s kitchen that grew to more than $35 million in sales and sold for $75 million in 2004.

Tax law changes will impact 2008 returns

The taxman cometh in just a few short months, and though you probably won’t have to declare the pennies on your eyes, as George Harrison once advised, several key changes in tax laws are definitely worth knowing about in advance of April 15.

Deal Watch: Freightliner lands bittersweet military order

Freightliner.jpgSince that chilly autumn day back in October when Daimler Trucks North America announced it would be shuttering its Portland plant come June 2010, little notice has been given to the company outside its inevitable fate.

Oregon recession swallows restaurant industry

Oregon's full-service and limited-service restaurants provide about one out of 15 jobs statewide, more than 118,000 jobs combined in August 2008.

Employment ads get even scarcer

Despite a slight rebound in 2004-05, the number of help-wanted ads in the state’s largest newspaper, The Oregonian, nose-dived 86% in the last 10 years, and 57% in the last year alone.