October 2008

Oregon banks continue slide


In the March issue of Oregon Business we quoted the Beatles in regard to the recent fortunes of Oregon-headquartered banks: “It’s getting better all the time (can’t get much worse).”


Outlets upswing

OutletsDespite their far-flung locations, outlet malls are thriving in a down retail market.


The comeback

JimFaraudoHow Flir came back from the brink of bankruptcy to become a $4.3 billion company that has left its competition in the dust.


Tactics: The operative

LisaGroveIt was in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s where Lisa Grove — today a political strategist and pollster but back then a fresh, idealistic Lewis & Clark graduate — learned a key commandment of the political game, and one that would later shape the success of her Portland-based political consulting firm.


Should executives share the pain of pay cuts?

If corporate ethicist David Layzell had his way, all public companies would institute performance-based executive pay programs like Monaco Coach recently did.


Don’t cut marketing when things get slow

It’s fiscally tempting to scale back the marketing budget of your business in lean times, even though doing so may only cause more pain.