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Small biz owners are still in the dumps

imo-blogSmall business is down in the dumps. Just compare the attitudes shown in NFIB's survey of small business owners with the Business Roundtable's survey of corporate CEOs. It sure seems that the corporate honchos are feeling better than they did before the recession, whereas small biz owners are up from the depths of the downturn, but not yet back to where they had been.

Oregon launches Wellness@Work

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Two years of collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority and business leaders has resulted in a new initiative called Wellness@Work. The initiative's website launched this week with tools for companies to check their current wellness level and simple ideas on how to improve the health of employees.

The fundamental desire to achieve, and its price

imo-blogIt is difficult to walk through a bookstore without encountering numerous books about achievement.  Some are general, concentrating on what it takes to be a winner, while others are specific to certain types of business or certain types of investments.  Sprinkled throughout these shelves at regular intervals will be biographies and autobiographies of highly famous or highly successful people.  Implicit in all of these stories is the "formula" that these people used to achieve success.

President's austerity plan is the wrong strategy for stimulating the economy

imo-blogMark Thoma found President Obama's remarks this week on deficit reduction talks with the Republicans disappointing on several fronts: First, that the president seems committed to doing whatever it takes to reach a deal; and second, that Obama has adopted austerity as a valid means of stimulating the economy.

Finger-pointing still rages over cause of meltdown

imo-blogAn email from one of the authors of Reckless Endangerment, Josh Rosner, pushes back against my post on the book and how it is being used by conservatives to try to blame the financial crisis on Fannie, Freddie, the Community Reinvestment Acts (CRA), and Democrats.

CEOs need to use transitions for true transformation

imo-blogTransitions are dangerous times for any business — not just when a firm is bought or sold, or when there’s a new CEO — and they are also times of tremendous opportunity. Navigating through a change that puts the firm at risk is critical to the life of a company.

Greater Portland Inc.'s Economic Summit

sceneblogbwPolitical and business leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate Greater Portland Inc.'s transformation into a public-private sector economic development organization.

Homegrown jobs for Oregon

imo-blogWe’ve heard a lot about jobs bills this year. (Interestingly, the “JOBS” pins some lobbyists wear in the Oregon Capitol are made in Canada.) Many cause controversy – more critics are questioning tax breaks, and weakening environmental protections raises concerns. One humble proposal with broad bipartisan support could positively impact how we encourage job creation. It’s called Grow Oregon.

Businesses: prepare for .XXX

imo-blogWhile it may seem that your business is at capacity dealing with .com, .net, .org, and all the other web suffixes that are already out there, this year a new web suffix will be introduced — .xxx, which will be targeted at the adult entertainment industry. In addition to other general concerns about content on the Internet, .xxx brings with it more concerns for brand owners protecting their intellectual property online.