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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.

Something fishy this way cometh

ben-blogJon Thenhaus’s latest business idea grew out of a simple desire to have an infinite supply of fresh basil within easy reach in the kitchen. That wish grew more complicated as he refined his ideas and followed his muse, from herbs to worms and fish. Nine prototypes and several “massive failures” later, the 37-year-old founder of Fishy Farm has developed an ingenious ecosystem for the kitchen or the back yard.

Leaders pull no punches at summit

thelatestFiscal calamity or a decade of budget austerity loom for Oregon as the recession leaves thousands of Oregonians jobless and the demand for government money outpaces its ability to pay for services, business and political leaders agreed on Monday.