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|Archives - July 2009|
|Wednesday, June 24, 2009|
Summer is finally here in full glory and there’s a warm sun shining on some businesses despite the frosty recession. Who could have guessed during this past fall and winter when the bottom seemed endless that economic success stories would be front and center in this month’s issue?
Research editor Brandon Sawyer’s annual analysis of the top private companies in Oregon, ranked by gross revenue, found that revenue and jobs fell steeply since last year in this group, with timber, heavy manufacturing and auto dealerships among those sectors getting pummeled by the recession. But there were some bright spots. Managing editor Ben Jacklet’s story on page 34 details how some companies are bucking the trend: Wellpartner, Tripwire, Fortis Construction and Jive Software are all fairly new companies with a healthy bottom line. They prove that not every business is suffering.
The recession also is being good to the barter exchange industry, which in Oregon involves 2,000 businesses and individuals who do $12 million worth of trade a year. Writer Adrianne Jeffries on page 20 looks at the major exchanges in the state and why businesses do, or don’t, benefit from trading.
And Oregon is nothing if not a state where family businesses are an important part of the economic fabric. One great example is Beaverton Foods (see our story on page 24). Rose Biggi was an Italian immigrant who founded her company on grit and smarts. That company today thrives as her son and grandson build on Mama’s recipe for success.
So even in a down time, there are some things heading up.
In our world, the new Oregon Business website is up and running and our connection to our readers and the community is growing. New blogs by me, Ben Jacklet and small business columnist Steve Strauss are creating discussion on topics ranging from Twitter and jobs to taxes and green practices. Visit us at OregonBusiness.com.
And we’re opening up Blogville to guest writers who would like to put in their 300-600 words on any topic. Got something you’d like to get off your chest? Send it to me at my email and we’ll consider it for publication. Our website is a place for you to go for news and analysis, and it’s also a forum to present your views on today’s business and economic topics.
Summer in Oregon can be a major distraction, but I hope you take a moment to jump in the pool with us.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
Friday, March 14, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
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Friday, April 04, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER
The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.
Friday, April 11, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
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