April 2009

It’s a small world

CamiOetmanWhen the going gets tough, microenterprises get going. The down economy is proving a great time for entrepreneurs to take business into their own hands

Post a job, prepare for the flood

If you're one of the few companies growing enough to be posting a job opening during these troubled times, count yourself lucky. Then start counting the resumes filling your inbox.


Economist John Mitchell addresses retirement woes

t_JohnMitchellI gaze back at 2008 in amazement: a borderline recession until September, then a cataclysmic series of events that saw old institutions “wamoose,” investment banks fail and the U.S. government acquire the trappings of a mutual fund.


Deal Watch: Two water contracts keep Northwest Pipe on course

Northwest Pipe Company president Brian Dunham says that during past recessions, the firm’s chairman has joked that they should have bought a company plane — if only so they could sell it and cut costs when times were tough.


Ebb tide in the Central Coast’s economy

The Oregon Coast offers a physical escape from the ordinary, but it has not escaped the state’s descent into recession, as can be seen in Lincoln County.


Airport traffic loses altitude

After five years of steady climbing, most of Oregon’s airports experienced a drop in passenger traffic in 2008.