January 2010

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.

Portland works toward efficient lighting

IMG_7693City agreements with power companies and an inability to adequately measure components of its lighting infrastructure may be blocking a way for Portland to reduce energy and save money.

Helping farmers maximize crops

DSC00661Every season farmers must contend with shifting crop markets as they look for the best outlet for their produce. But Randy Morrow hopes to ease some of that uncertainty with his new family business called eProduceSales.com.

Cruise ship business flounders in Astoria

cruiseThe city of Astoria is bracing for a substantial hit to its local economy because it is losing half its cruise ship business.