January 2010

Ambition sparks Oregon Iron Works VP

1109OregonIronWorks01Chandra Brown started as a temp at Oregon Iron Works. Now she's a hard-charging VP who's snapping up big streetcar contracts and building a reputation as one of the state's most influential players.

Portland food carts push through recession

OBMFoodCartsNongs-154Portland’s ubiquitous food carts provide more than great food at a bargain. With low operating costs and the lure of self-employment, hundreds of immigrants, chefs and first-time business owners have turned to food carts as recession-busting businesses.

Bot detector targets cheaters

GoblinWu-chang Feng has a solution to a problem that irks producers and players of “massively multiplayer online” games (MMOs) such as World of Warcraft.

Eugene real-estate company grabs new markets

GorillaGorilla Capital, a Eugene-based buyer and seller of foreclosed homes, has expanded into Arizona, Idaho, southwest Washington and Florida as part of a broad strategy to become the dominant national player in distressed residential real estate.

New publishing platform helps comic book artists

Shishkaboom-WebsiteTwo entrepreneurs in Portland say their comic book publishing platform will predict and deliver content fans want to buy and read. The magic principle behind the platform: democracy.

Sykes layoffs anticipated

The Sykes Enterprises call center in Milton-Freewater is easily the city’s largest private employer, drawing about 520 workers from Umatilla County and Walla Walla across the border. So there was major concern in November when the company announced it expected to lay off 336 employees on Jan. 15.

Roseburg gets an incubator

Light-BulbsCity officials in Roseburg have tried mightily but without much luck to diversify the local economy. But a recent $2.75 million federal grant and an ambitious plan to lure technology startups may change that.