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SolarWorld holiday card called racist

thelatestA racially charged holiday greeting is fanning the flames of a trade dispute in the solar industry, one that already has business leaders and others feeling touchy.

Making the case for Portland's global cred

imo-blogSaskia Sassen first coined the term "global city" in her book The Global City, published in 1991. She defined a global city as one that tangibly influences world affairs in terms of politics, culture, and various socio-economic means. John Jay, global creative director for Wieden + Kennedy, says that Portland is coming of age as a global city. Oregon Business web editor Emma Hall explores what that means.

Women help power startup scene

LindaOregon’s startup landscape features a growing number of female entrepreneurs and investors. Managing editor Linda Baker reports on a new generation of women-founded companies.

Oregon manufacturing sees small uptick in jobs

thelatestFollowing national trends, Oregon’s manufacturing sector saw modest employment gains last year after more than a decade of decline aggravated by the Great Recession. Oregon has gained 903 jobs between October 2010 to October 2011, an increase of 0.5%.

How CEOs can set effective goals

imo-blogOne of the CEO’s deliverables is creating a culture. One way to strongly influence that culture is by the example the CEO creates when she sets goals — for herself or others. Leadership expert Tom Cox shows CEOs how to set goals and how to follow up on those goals to make them even more effective.

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.