March 2010

No housing in Pendleton

A housing shortage in Pendleton is keeping some businesses from being able to recruit workers, and officials say the shortage is hampering the town’s growth.

Local designer leads sewing revolution

sewingKnown as McCall Pattern Company's "fit expert," Pati Palmer is a top-selling pattern designer and sewing industry leader.

Oregon's romance industry grows

aplacetolandcoverWith a growing publishing house in Baker City, a top book review website out of Hillsboro and thriving communities of about 180 writers in Salem and Portland, Oregon is grabbing a slice of the $1.36 billion romance-fiction market.

Mercy Corps misses out on text giving

Haiti_QuakeDay9_FoodDist526The Red Cross has raised about $255 million for Haiti, $32 million of it, 12.5%, by text message. Mercy Corps, which is much smaller, has raised $11.4 million from donors via the web, phone and in-person donations. But nothing by text.

Portland developer builds app business

OBMRavenZachary-115Small Society founder Raven Zachary realized that the money was not in writing your own killer app and reaping profits from the App Store, but in building apps for other people who want to get in on the action.

Precision Castparts grows with 15th acquisition

Oregon’s fastest-growing public company has grown even more formidable — and complicated — with its recent acquisition of a 49% share in Yangzhou Chengde Steel Tube Co. of Jiangsu Province, China.

"Economic gardening" nurtures small businesses

Economic developers are beginning to focus on growing Oregon’s small businesses by targeting those with a potential for quick growth and sharing tactical information typically sourced only by big businesses.