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Oregon needs a raise

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

07.19.13 Thumbnail LowIncomeOregon's per capita personal income has been slipping further behind levels in Washington and California as well as the nation as a whole since the late '90s. The recession of the early 2000s seems to have dealt a heavier blow here than other states and income wasn't as quick to bounce back.

Oregon food processing reaps rewards

BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.18.13 Thumbnail FoodOregon has been recognized as an ideal location for manufacturers of all kinds, and recently we’ve seen particular success with companies involved in food processing.


Are home prices headed for a cliff again?

BY EVAN SWANSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.17.13 Thumbnail OpEdThe current frenzied pace in the housing market, coupled with the painful memories of the crash from only a few years ago, can leave one wondering if home values are headed for the cliff once again. I do not believe this to be the case.

How to ace your personal improvement plan

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

07.12.13 Thumbnail ImprovementUh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Personal Improvement Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you now have the opportunity to completely change the way people see you at work, and even boost your career.

2013 legislative updates

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateIn the aftermath of the anticlimactic 2013 legislative session, we update a few stories Oregon Business covered this past year.

Startups drive new economy

BY RICK TUROCZY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.10.13 Thumbnail MobileTechIt is incredibly easy to brush aside this newest wave of startups. The numbers feel inconsequential. The relative impact appears too small to calculate, especially when compared to the massive, well-established scale of some of Oregon's traditional industries — and the Silicon Forest's history of technology pursuits. But we have moved beyond a desire to emulate predecessors or recreate ecosystems toward actually building something new.

Executive jump-start

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail CoachingThanks for enrolling in executive coaching. This will jump-start you to a higher level of effectiveness. Here’s what we’ll be working on in the next four weeks.

Oregon cracks down on illegal fireworks explosion

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail FireworksWith the 4th of July quickly approaching, many Oregonians are crafting barbecue menus, hanging red, white and blue bunting and preparing for their annual trek across the Columbia River for illegal fireworks. Oregon only allows fireworks that travel less than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, but it’s a simple trip up to Washington to buy roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.

It's not easy judging green

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.30.13 Thumbnail GreenPressShould a property manager linked to a massive, pesticide-induced bumblebee die-off make our list of the state’s best green companies to work for?  What about a law firm working on behalf of the coal industry?