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What a volatile economy means to banks

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly sees the New Cyclicality hitting banking along with the rest of the business community. What does this mean to banks? Greater loan losses, more balance sheet variability, and some human resource challenges.

Columbia's Omni-Heat gear heats up sales

thelatestColumbia Sportswear reported record sales numbers for the third quarter due to promising backlog orders and strong sell-through for a new winter line led by the company's innovative new Omni-Heat products.

How CIOs can earn greater trust from the executive team

imo-blogHow can CIOs become more central to the process of setting strategy and direction for an organization? management consultant and author Tom Cox makes the case that the relationship begins with trust --- trust that must be earned.

Foreclosures will not budge, and neither will some homeowners

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As the number of foreclosures plateaus, more homeowners are sinking their heels into their properties, refusing to vacate repossessed properties. This is contributing to the bogged down state of the housing market.

Jobs Watch: Intel commitment brings needed momentum

ben-blogThe business and political leaders who gathered in a circus tent this morning for Intel's big announcement were almost giddy with optimism, and it's easy to understand why.

Time to enforce bike laws

imo-blogIt's no secret that bad bike behavior has become commonplace in Portland. OSU economist/bike commuter Patrick Emerson makes an economic case for a new regulatory approach to bicycling.

On The Scene: Local Search

sceneblogbwLocal search is a topic that didn't exist just a few years ago, but now 20% of all Google queries are local searches - and that percentage doesn't even include smartphone searches, which are local by default. It's a big change, and it's only just begun. Here are some tips for making the most of local search to market a business's goods and services.

The hair design business keeps growing

thelatestOn Saturday mornings, Beau Monde College of Hair Design in downtown Portland is a hive of energy, with customers coming and going, students honing their skills and even a little dance session to get things started. The scene is emblematic of a niche industry that has grown in Oregon while many others have suffered.

On The Scene: Portland Fashion Week

sceneblogbwPortland Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with an Installation Show featuring local artists and designers. The show brands itself as "the world's only comprehensively eco-conscious production of fashion week."