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Homegrown jobs for Oregon

imo-blogWe’ve heard a lot about jobs bills this year. (Interestingly, the “JOBS” pins some lobbyists wear in the Oregon Capitol are made in Canada.) Many cause controversy – more critics are questioning tax breaks, and weakening environmental protections raises concerns. One humble proposal with broad bipartisan support could positively impact how we encourage job creation. It’s called Grow Oregon.

Businesses: prepare for .XXX

imo-blogWhile it may seem that your business is at capacity dealing with .com, .net, .org, and all the other web suffixes that are already out there, this year a new web suffix will be introduced — .xxx, which will be targeted at the adult entertainment industry. In addition to other general concerns about content on the Internet, .xxx brings with it more concerns for brand owners protecting their intellectual property online.

Supportland racks up points for local businesses

thelatestHow often have you reached into your wallet for a punchcard to use at a local business only to realize you left it at home, or you don't have the right one? Portland-based Supportland aims to fix this problem by providing one swipeable card for numerous businesses.

Protect against discrimination lawsuits

imo-blogRecent decisions by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have made it easier for employees to file frivolous claims against Oregon employers. Employers should know that there is a double standard when it comes to recovering attorney fees in discrimination lawsuits.

5 ways to boost your personal energy

imo-blogThe whole concept of “worklife balance” may be completely wrong. Rather than a zero-sum game — give up work hours to gain playtime — new research shows we can turbocharge our work time by investing in and prioritizing play.

The solution to unemployment? Jobs.

imo-blogContrary to what you sometimes hear, we can help the structurally unemployed through job creation. Those who insist, contrary to the evidence, that the problem we face right now is mostly structural cannot use this to argue against a job creation program.

Can't see the forest for the trees

imo-blogWhile still struggling with 9% unemployment, the powers that be in the great state of Oregon have done a remarkable job ignoring the obvious concerning job creation. Due to abundant rainfall and a mild climate Oregon is still one of the best places on planet earth to grow trees.

Social media can be a desert of despair

imo-blogFor every big-city food cart vendor using Twitter to advertise lunch specials and bring in hungry workers, there’s a befuddled entrepreneur dutifully Twittering or Facebooking away to no useful effect — or worse, getting sucked into Farmville and forgetting to mind the store.

Global giant buys majority stake in Otak

thelatestOkay, so Otak is no Stumptown. Actually, Otak is twice as big as Stumptown, and while it may not have a fanatic customer base among hipsters, it does have 300 employees with deep expertise in how to make cities work better. So when a foreign company buys a majority stake in Otak, it’s a big deal for Oregon.