Kate Brown ramps up small business | Print |  Email
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

06.13.13 Thumbnail KTBOregon's Secretary of State weighs in on “a pile of small business bills,” the advantages of helming an administerial rather than enforcement agency and the state's business-friendly ranking.

 

 
A labor plan for all of agriculture | Print |  Email
Opinion
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BY BARRY BUSHUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.12.13 Thumbnail ImmigrationFarmToday, we have the best chance in over a decade to enact improvements that will strengthen border security, clarify employable status, and provide the kind of process Oregon farm families need to legally employ the capable people they depend on.

 
On being firm | Print |  Email
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Friday, June 07, 2013
BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.07.13 Thumbnail FirmBossIt’s better to be consistent than to be fair. Especially if “fair” means some agonizing custom decision that’s decided at laboriously and at great length from first principles every time.

 

 

 
Oregon's labor force falls into retreat | Print |  Email
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Friday, June 07, 2013
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

06.07.13 Thumbnail LaborUnemployment is down but so is the labor force as discouraged workers desert, baby boomers retire and the economy sputters along. In the year ending in April, Portland's labor force fell 1.7% and statewide it dropped 1.9%. Has Portlandia's  "Dream of the '90s" evaporated?

 
What women want — in a car | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Thursday, June 06, 2013
BY KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER | BEND CORRESPONDENT

06.05.13 Thumbnail JeepWhen it comes to cars, it’s a man’s world, and it has been for more than a century. But when it comes to household purchases, modern women hold the purse strings. Heels and Wheels, an annual women's automotive conference held in Bend this past week, spotlights industry trends for female consumers.

 
Eco-friendly workplaces and the bottom line | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateA new green practices survey examines the impact of a sustainable workplace on a company's bottom line.

 

 

 
Annex West Hayden Island | Print |  Email
Opinion
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
BY  JIM CARTER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.04.13 Thumbnail WestHaydenIslandOver the years, smart investments made in regional infrastructure — rivers, rails, runways and roads — have provided Oregon businesses with efficient and cost effective access to foreign markets. This fall the Portland City Council will make a decision that has statewide, if not national, implications for Oregon’s continued trade strength — the annexation of West Hayden Island.

 
County budget woes threaten Oregon agriculture | Print |  Email
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Friday, May 31, 2013
BY ANGELA DECKER | ASHLAND CORRESPONDENT

05.31.13 Thumbnail GrapeVineFarmers and vintners fear that looming cuts to Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) could damage the region's pear, wine and agriculture/livestock industries, valued at over $80 million.

 
Mandatory corporate fun | Print |  Email
Business tips
Thursday, May 30, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.31.13 Thumbnail OfficeFunIf you really want your team members to connect, there are few worse ways than “Mandatory Corporate Fun” that’s too obviously aimed at manipulating them.



 
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