May 2011

Ski startup launches in Portland

0511_ON3PSkiON3P Skis builds rocker style skis in Portland.

Hard-money lender takes up coaching

0511_FinanceCoachingHard-money lending can be a hazardous occupation in the best of times. In the worst of times — say, 2008-2010 — it can be a nightmare. Everybody got hurt when property values plummeted and default rates soared during the recession, but few industries took as big a hit as did hard-money lending, the risky act of funneling loans into troubled businesses at high interest rates, using property as collateral.

Folium enhances audiobooks

0511_Audiobook_02Audiobooks have been around for decades, but what recovering Silicon Valley insider John Lee and his colleagues at Ashland-based Folium Partners have in mind is something altogether different. “We’re turning it into an experience; we’re presenting publishers with the opportunity to add games and other features to support the book,” says Lee.

Dealwatch- May 2011

Our roundup of the big business deals of the month in Oregon include Greenbrier and McCormick & Schmick's.

Cell phone company targets seniors

0511_CellSeniorsTech companies created by and for the young aren’t the only businesses racking up impressive growth numbers as the economy recovers. One of the state’s fastest growing companies has doubled its revenues and employees since 2008 by paying attention to older folks.

Crimson Trace's laser focus

0511_CrimsonTrace_01Wilsonville-based Crimson Trace makes state-of-the-art laser gun sights, employs around 100 people and controls 70% of the national market for laser gun sights.

Incubator focuses on green, tech

0511_GreenTechSouthern Oregon hasn’t received the same hype as Portland for its leadership in sustainability and technology. But the Medford-based Sustainable Valley Technology Group is hoping to change that. The business incubator, which received nonprofit status and recently moved into their offices, has announced its first companies — each in their own way centered around technology and sustainability.