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Change brightens lighting opportunities

imo-blogIn September, General Electric, with its ties to American inventor and light bulb luminary Thomas Edison, closed its last major incandescent light factory, laying off more than 200 workers.  This seismic shift, mandated by energy efficiency standards, has created headaches for some companies and opportunities for others.

On The Scene: The 100 Best Nonprofits

sceneblogbwToday, our On The Scene blog goes behind the scenes at the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon event. Over 500 guests attended the awards dinner and celebration at the Portland Downtown Hilton last night, to celebrate excellence in the workplace and dedication to a worthwhile mission.

Lululemon's ground-level business strategy

thelatestAthletic apparel company Lululemon’s marketing strategy includes cupcakes, camp outs, dances and running clubs. It does not include broadcast or print advertising, or any other traditional marketing approaches. The company relies solely on social events, word of mouth and social media to get customers to its stores. Last week it took the unusual step of organizing an overnight camp-out in upscale Bridgeport Village.

Where will health reform take us?

imo-blogEconomist Mark Thoma, professor of economics at the University of Oregon, muses on the affects of health care changes, including mandated coverage.

On The Scene: The 2010 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

sceneblogbwOver 730 supporters of entrepreneurship in Oregon gathered at the Hilton in downtown Portland last night to celebrate 14 local businesses that are making the most of a challenging situation by raising money, making strategic acquisitions and creating jobs.

Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses

thelatestThe recently completed Tillamook North Jetty project was awarded to an out-of-state company over local bidders, raising questions about the future use of federal stimulus funds awarded to Oregon projects.

On The Scene: The Old Spice Guy

sceneblogbwHello ladies. With that far-from-subtle opening line, Isaiah Mustafa slid straight from a boat onto a horse and right into the hearts of "ladies" everywhere.  His charming performance for Old Spice appeared during the Super Bowl, and immediately became a hit. So just how did Wieden + Kennedy create the wildly popular campaign?

The recession was over, last June

imo-blogThat nasty old recession is finally over. Turned out it was over in June 2009. But now we know it officially. Economist Bill Conerly looks at the indicators.

Oregon Zoo cashes in on dinosaur fever

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The Oregon Zoo has extended its animatronic "Prehistoric Predator" exhibit an extra month due to popularity and financial success. The animals will return to extinction on October 3.