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Thursday, June 23, 2011

thelatestHow often have you reached into your wallet for a punchcard to use at a local business only to realize you left it at home, or you don't have the right one? Portland-based Supportland aims to fix this problem by providing one swipeable card for numerous businesses.

 
Protect against discrimination lawsuits | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

imo-blogRecent decisions by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have made it easier for employees to file frivolous claims against Oregon employers. Employers should know that there is a double standard when it comes to recovering attorney fees in discrimination lawsuits.

 
5 ways to boost your personal energy | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

imo-blogThe whole concept of “worklife balance” may be completely wrong. Rather than a zero-sum game — give up work hours to gain playtime — new research shows we can turbocharge our work time by investing in and prioritizing play.

 
The solution to unemployment? Jobs. | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

imo-blogContrary to what you sometimes hear, we can help the structurally unemployed through job creation. Those who insist, contrary to the evidence, that the problem we face right now is mostly structural cannot use this to argue against a job creation program.

 
Can't see the forest for the trees | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

imo-blogWhile still struggling with 9% unemployment, the powers that be in the great state of Oregon have done a remarkable job ignoring the obvious concerning job creation. Due to abundant rainfall and a mild climate Oregon is still one of the best places on planet earth to grow trees.

 
Social media can be a desert of despair | Print |  Email
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Monday, June 13, 2011

imo-blogFor every big-city food cart vendor using Twitter to advertise lunch specials and bring in hungry workers, there’s a befuddled entrepreneur dutifully Twittering or Facebooking away to no useful effect — or worse, getting sucked into Farmville and forgetting to mind the store.

 
Global giant buys majority stake in Otak | Print |  Email
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Thursday, June 09, 2011

thelatestOkay, so Otak is no Stumptown. Actually, Otak is twice as big as Stumptown, and while it may not have a fanatic customer base among hipsters, it does have 300 employees with deep expertise in how to make cities work better. So when a foreign company buys a majority stake in Otak, it’s a big deal for Oregon.

 
Long-term job losses still dwarf gains | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

ben-blogEarlier this year, Powell’s Books made national headlines by eliminating 31 jobs in Portland, stirring up familiar questions about the future of independent booksellers in the age of e-readers and smart phones. But a quick study of the latest numbers from Oregon’s top private companies shows that Powell’s actually survived the recession in a stronger position than many of its peers.

 
On the Scene: Multnomah Food Summit | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Monday, June 06, 2011
sceneblogbwAt the second annual Multnomah Food Summit, Tom Osdoba posed a question to a group of nonprofit workers and food growers: We don't always buy the absolute cheapest house, car or clothing we can find, so why do we buy the cheapest food?
 
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