Blogs

Bike culture grows in PDX with new business

thelatestPortland, which has already made a name for itself as a hot-spot for cycling culture, is now home to a publishing company that’s hoping to make a splash with home-grown bike activist Mia Birk.

On the Scene: Creating content for good

sceneblogbwFor 30 hours last weekend, Pioneer Square was a three-ring circus of sorts, with swing dance lessons, Taiko drums and a comedian named Sasquatch, all streamed live to the Internet. This wasn’t just another YouTube video; it was the future of fundraising.

Law bans employment credit checks

thelatestOregon has become one of a handful of states to limit most employers from legally obtaining or using credit history information on job applicants or employees. The law change has business owners scrambling to understand the fine print.

Keeping PDX a hot spot for app development

thelatestThe City of Portland is using an innovative approach to improve city life.  After opening up government data sets to outside developers in September the city went one step further by creating an open source design contest for applications or “apps” using PDX data sets to address civic issues.

The Frog hops as the art world adapts

thelatestThe gallery that has replaced the high-end Lawrence Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District, the Dapper Frog, might be a sign that the art world is adapting to changing economic realities.

Hard times for the big boys

ben-blogFor more than 30 years, Oregon Business has ranked the state’s top 150 private companies by revenue. This year’s results are in, and they are not encouraging. 2009 was one of the worst years ever for the state’s most important private sector employers — if not the worst.

On the Scene: Good, clean beer

sceneblogbwNeon pink wrist-banded beer lovers teetered around North Portland’s Overlook Park this weekend for the 6th annual North American Organic Brewer Festival. It wasn't just about booze and frivolity; the organic beer market has more than doubled over five years.

Editor's Notes: Thinking big in Baker

robin-BLOGTiny, beautiful Baker City has, like most rural Oregon towns, long struggled to create new business and jobs out of the ashes of its natural resources industry. The seat of a remote county with a population of only 16,000, Baker suffers from high unemployment but it does not suffer from a lack of trying.

Jobs Watch: Nike boots, scores

ben-blogNike is hiring again in Beaverton after a turbulent recessionary run punctuated by a 5% downsizing last May. The company has posted openings in information technology, operations, human resources, communications and the House of Hoops, has just hired a new Chief Learning Officer and is sprinting into a new fiscal year with momentum and focus.