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On the Scene: hot trends in foodservice

sceneblogbwA group of high schoolers waited in line for pulled pork sandwiches alongside women in business attire and men in brewery T-shirts. A few booths over, restaurant owners contemplated investing in shatterproof drinkware, and nearby, a group of restaurateurs exclaimed over Torani's new fruit smoothie mixes. The event was the 49th annual Northwest Foodservice Show.

Local app monitors Japan radiation

thelatestPortland-based Uncorked Studios has been getting a lot of press lately — CBS news, the BBC, Time and Fast Company, among others. But what’s drawing the attention isn’t another project for Nike or Wieden+Kennedy; it’s something the team put together in their free time — a website to monitor radiation levels in Japan after the tsunami disaster.

How to rescue the problem project

imo-blogAs CEO you are the last line of defense in stopping a problem project from spinning out-of-control. How can you ensure that projects stay on track — and when they do not, how do you identify them, and save them or cut them off? According to Todd Williams, long time project rescue professional and author of the new book Rescue the Problem Project, the first sign of trouble is … silence.

A mini-boom in commercial real estate

imo-blogOregon economist Bill Conerly says we are currently under-building commercial real estate, which will lead to a mini-boom. The pipeline of new buildings is thin, so as the economy improves, there will be very little additional space coming to market. Occupancy rates and rents will rise. The resulting increases in operating earnings will cause the mini-boom. However, a true boom requires easy money, which is not part of our future, at least over the course of the upcoming cycle.

Championing micro-hydro development

thelatestA bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), recently introduced legislation that seeks to remove barriers to national hydropower development. The legislation, geared toward fulfilling renewable energy portfolio goals, includes language that would remove regulatory hurdles for untapped conduit hydropower in urban and rural Oregon.

Call center brings jobs to Coos Bay

thelatestRemember when Gov. John Kitzhaber told the state's business leaders that rural and metro Oregon must grow at the same pace? "Creating 15 jobs in Coos Bay," he said, "is the same as creating 500 jobs in Portland." Well, Coos Bay just landed 250 jobs.

Orchestra earns a million in six months

sceneblogbwIt only took Orchestra Team six months to earn $1 million after graduating from regional entrepreneurial incubator Portland Ten's 10-week training program. The software company started with the petroleum industry, and now is moving into the craft beer market.

The Freshwater Trust to launch conservation market

thelatest A local environmental group is developing a market-based approach to the enduring challenge of conserving freshwater habitat.

AboutUs launches SEO product for small biz

ben-blogPortland-based AboutUs is launching a new product today designed to help small businesses make the most of their websites.