Reader Input Survey

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Click here to fill out our survey on energy and environment issues. Results will be published in our June 2014 issue.


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Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
airbnb-logoBY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.


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Spring thaw

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Spring ThawBY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER

The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.


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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.


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How to boost web traffic

Thursday, April 10, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY  | OB WEB EDITOR

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.


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Our Featured Stories

  • Port at a crossroads
    BY LEE VAN DER VOO

    Facing turmoil and transition, the Port of Portland struggles to position itself for the future.

  • The more they change, the more they stay the same
    100-best-collageBY BRANDON SAWYER

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

  • Defensive play
    0214 DEF1BY PETER BARNES

    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.

must-reads

TriQuint forecasts big jump in Q2 revenue

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Hillsboro-based tech company, awaiting a merger, projects a 16% increase in second-quarter revenue.

Phil Knight creates trust for Nike stock

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Knight rolled $350 million of Nike stock into a new trust as part of his estate plan.

Clinicient to lease office space downtown

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Portland medical billing software company leased 27,000 square feet at the historic Mohawk building.

Salem cherry processor products certified GMO-free

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oregon Cherry Growers added a new line of maraschinos that are free of genetically modified organisms.

Lake Oswego company pays mothers for their breast milk

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Medolac Laboratories converts breast milk into a certifiably clean and storable product.

Trader Joe's will not reconsider Northeast Portland store

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Despite Mayor Charlie Hales' repeated attempts to build the grocery store on a city-owned lot, Trader Joe's officials denied the proposal.

Intel to purchase wind power from Warren Buffett

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The chipmaker is investing in wind power to help power its data centers.

Greenbrier hires new VP of operations

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Lake Oswego-based railcar-maker named Jim Cowan its senior vice president of operations.

Vancouver branding agency adds chief creative officer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AHA!'s revenue increased 30% in 2013 to approximately $10 million; the agency projected another 30% sales growth this year.

California fines Beaverton carnival operator for unsafe rides

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Butler Amusements was fined more than $100,000 for knowingly operating unsafe rides.

Bain Capital pays $230M for stake in Portland tech firm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Boston-based financial firm purchased the equity stakes of two investors in Viewpoint Construction Software.

Chinese footwear contractor for Nike, Adidas makes offer to end strike

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd. offered to raise worker salaries and increase benefits.

San Francisco brewery hires Portland ad agency

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anchor Brewing Co. selected NORTH as its agency of record.

Portland coffee company enters singles market

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boyd Coffee Company released single-cup coffees for K-Cup brewers.

Central Oregon jobs remain stagnant

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deschutes County gained 230 jobs in March, when economists projected 250.

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