Car ignition recalls and lean product design

Friday, April 11, 2014
04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


How to boost web traffic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

04.10.14 thumb seo-trafficSEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO).  Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.


Eking out a living

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

Friday, April 04, 2014
EducationCosts BlogBY ERIC FRUITS

The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


Green your workplace

Thursday, April 03, 2014
100Green14logo200oxBY OB STAFF

Learn how to green your workplace and lower your environmental footprint at the office. Oregon Business presents a two-hour "Greening Your Workplace" seminar on May 28th, 2014 at the Nines Hotel in Portland.


Are millennials reshaping politics in the Pacific Northwest?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

MillennialsThumbA new report explores the impact of millennials on Oregon's business and political climate.


Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


How to handle the unexpected

Friday, March 28, 2014
03.28.14 thumb disasterBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


Video: Kickstarting Oregon business

Thursday, March 27, 2014
02.04.14 Thumbnail VideoBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Watch this OB Original Video about three Oregon companies and how crowd-funding "kickstarted" their business ideas.


Closing the gap: Community colleges and workforce training

Thursday, March 27, 2014
03.27.14 thumb collegeBY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.


Buy the book

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


How to help your staff solve their own problems

Friday, March 21, 2014
03.21.14 thumb coxcoffeeTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.


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    The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.

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    The defense market can be easy to overlook in Oregon, a place with a bigger reputation for its antiwar movements than for its military history. Yet when it comes to the U.S. defense budget, the Department of Defense did roughly $1 billion in business in Oregon that year.


CRC audit finds $17M in questionable payments

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Washington State Auditor's Office found more than $17 million in questionable and excessive spending for the abandoned Columbia River Crossing.

Google Fiber, Portland reach preliminary franchise agreement

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 29-page, 10-year franchise is scheduled to go before city council commissioners on May 7.

Portland city auditor finds streetcar projects risky

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LaVonne Griffin-Valade said the city's streetcar systems constitute a financial and operational risk.

Portland Nouvola wins 2014 Angel Oregon award

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The cloud performance and analytics company captured $256,000 from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's Angel Oregon Showcase.

Eugene bank profits climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pacific Continental Corp. reported a 56% increase in net earnings for the first quarter of 2014.

OSHA fines Port of Portland terminal operator

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined ICTSI Oregon $18,360 for violating a number of worker safety codes.

Lane Community College sees cash gap

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A budget shortfall could force the college to lay off faculty and staff.

Filing reveals other suitors before TriQuint's $2B merger

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hillsboro-based TriQuint Semiconductor talked with two potential suitors before agreeing to merge with rival RF Micro Devices.

Online banking firm expands in downtown Portland

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Finance Corp. will expand into a second office in the Alderway Building.

Oregon job market improves

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The state gained 7,500 jobs in March, the largest one-month increase since November 2005.

Act-On Software lands $42M

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Beaverton-based software company will use this money for new product development, sales expansion and to hire more employees.

Ocean Power Technologies abandons Oregon wave project

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Jersey-based company offered its shares to the public, raising net proceeds of $12.5 million.

Oregon Innovation Council seeks new investment ideas

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oregon InC will be taking proposals for ideas that will help build new and emerging industries in the state.

Salem council to consider grants for developers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salem City Council could change the Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal plan to offer a $75,000 grant to build a rehabilitation facility.

Job vacancies up in small businesses

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Oregon Employment Department reported 32,700 job openings in businesses throughout the state.

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