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Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing arrives | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Friday, December 16, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
The Latest
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
The Latest
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
The Latest
Friday, December 09, 2011

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.

 
Good recruiting is good marketing | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

imo-blogAll top people have a disproportionately high impact on the culture you are creating — so as you recruit, you are actually creating the culture as well as looking for people who fit the culture. Leadership expert Tom Cox provides a lesson on how to recruit effectively.

 
PDX: More St. Louis, not so much Austin | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Portland’s urban peers aren’t quite who we thought they were.  That’s one of the takeaways from a new metro area economic study released this week by the Value of Jobs Coalition. Oregon Business managing editor Linda Baker looks at what cities Portland really resembles.

 
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