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Internet search grows in Bend

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Why is Bend is a hotbed of search marketing firms? Managing editor Linda Baker reports on the man, and the company, that birthed SEO in Central Oregon.

 

China's economic forecast: a business perspective

imo-blogCompanies doing business with China, as well as companies doing business with other companies that do business in China, should understand both the upside and downside potential for that country’s economic outlook. Portland economist Bill Conerly shares his view on what he thinks corporate executives need to know about the Chinese economy.

Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing arrives

LindaPersonal carsharing is coming to Portland in February. The new service allows car owners to rent out their own cars and spotlights a new "collaborative consumption" business model.  Managing Editor Linda Baker reports on Getaround.

Oregon's growing spirits industry

sceneblogbwOregon's craft distillers are beginning to hold their own when it comes to national attention right alongside the big boys of local beermakers and Willamette Valley winemakers. From House Spirits' Aviation Gin to Clear Creek Distillery's pear-in-the-bottle brandy, Oregon's spirit entrepreneurs are making waves in the industry.

The real estate seesaw will continue

imo-blogReal estate markets are unbalanced in most parts of the country: vacancy is too high, but construction is too low. That sounds contradictory, because construction should be low when vacancy is high. Looking forward, however, we’ll find insufficient supply when the economy improves, says Oregon economist Bill Conerly.

Big company CEOs don't plan to hire

thelatestGov. Kitzhaber's freeze on Oregon government hiring is indicative of a larger hiring slowdown. Two-thirds of CEOs of the largest U.S. companies don't plan to hire in the next six months.

Oregon unemployment drops to lowest rate in three years

thelatestSeasonal retail hiring helped Oregon's unemployment rate fall to 9.1%, the lowest it has been in three years.

Food-processing jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled workers, say employers

LindaEven though Oregon has a 9 percent unemployment rate, some food-processing companies say they can't find enough mid-skill workers to fill their jobs, and workforce training is lagging in the state. OB managing editor Linda Baker reports from the Oregon Leadership Summit.

Earnings rise for Oregon's top companies

thelatestOregon’s top publicly traded stocks have not necessarily been valued for their quarterly performance of late. But Oregon Business research editor Brandon Sawyer runs the numbers and finds earnings rising at the largest companies.