Blogs

State bans telemarketer

thelatestAttorney General John Kroger has banned a major national telemarketing firm from operating in Oregon. Sadly, the agreement has no impact whatsoever on the annoying fundraisers who stalk pedestrians in downtown Portland.

The economy and sales representatives

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly tackles the challenges that business leaders will face in 2011. Up first: sales representatives get discouraged in a recession. Sales staffs may have been reduced, and sales reps are spending too much time taking orders from repeat customers. What should a manager do?

An export to build on

imo-blogDay after day, rail cars full of a mysterious white powder, marketed by a cartel and desired by people all over the world, stream into Portland.  This powder, responsible for hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for local businesses, illustrates an important, if not often discussed, strength of our region’s economy.

Cultivating creativity

imo-blogMany CEOs feel creativity should be limited to new-product development and advertising.  They are missing out in a big way.

Umpqua cruises into Hawthorne

thelatestUmpqua Bank opened its newest location today on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, a branch styled as a folksy hangout to further the bank's goal of embedding in Portland neighborhoods. This is the first of five "stores" that Umpqua plans to build through 2011, an expansion by 25% within the metro area for Oregon's dominant regional bank.

Nike on track for a $20 billion year

thelatestNike's fiscal second-quarter earnings increased 22%, exceeding analyst expectations of Oregon's largest company.

Timbers rev up for debut

thelatestThe Portland Timbers expect to surpass 10,000 season tickets sold by the end of the year in advance of their inaugural season as a Major League Soccer franchise.

Dealing with difficult people

imo-blogCEOs have to deal with difficult people all the time - and sometimes they themselves are the difficult ones. What are some proven ways to deal with difficult people?

SolarWorld reaches 1,000 jobs

thelatestSolarWorld's five-year expansion has ended on target, with the company's addition of its 1,000th worker in Hillsboro.