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|Wednesday, March 02, 2011|
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By Ben Jacklet
Between October and December of 2010, a team of researchers went door-to-door canvassing Main Street businesses from Ashland to Troutdale. The goal was to get a sense of the credit challenges facing small businesses and farms, and to gauge potential support for a state-owned bank to boost lending in Oregon.
The survey was not scientific. “I basically walked down the street and if the business was open I talked to them,” says Dan Lombardi, statewide small business organizer for the Main Street Alliance of Oregon.
Nor was the study objective. The Seattle-based national organization backing the research project, Alliance for a Just Society, is an advocacy group formed to support President Obama’s health care reform bill.
But the findings of the January 2011 “Direct from Main Street” report were compelling. More than half of the 116 Oregon-based business owners and farmers canvassed said they had struggled to get loans. Two-thirds of those who struggled to get loans said they had delayed expanding as a result. An even greater majority — 75% of all those surveyed — supported the creation of a state bank in Oregon.
What is a state bank and how might it look in Oregon?
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER
Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We asked readers to weigh in on the fossil fuel-green energy equation.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS
Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE
Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | CFA
Earlier this month, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced they were going to devalue their currency, the Renminbi. While the amount of the targeted change was to be roughly 2 percent, investors read a lot more into the move. The Renminbi had been gradually appreciating against the U.S. dollar (see chart) as to attempt to alleviate concerns of being labeled a currency manipulator.
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Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.