Linda Baker

The 2013 100 Best Companies are announced


0313 Cover ThumbnailThe 20th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon list was announced Thursday night at an awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center. There were 273 companies participating in this year’s 100 Best survey, which analyzes Oregon companies’ best practices toward creating great places to work. This year, almost 14,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.

Business accelerator mini-boom continues


01.24.13 Thumbnail MentorNew business accelerators sprout, underscoring their importance to the entrepreneurial ecosystem while raising questions about incubator success rates.

Portland downtown retail market heats up

01.17.13 Thumbnail PortlandRetailAs plans for new stores and developments move forward, Portland's downtown retail district is undergoing a new, iconic growth phase.

High-speed rail inches forward

01.15.13 Thumbnail TrainTwenty years after the Pacific Northwest was designated a high-speed rail corridor, Oregon begins planning a Eugene-to-Portland high-speed rail project.

John Mitchell predicts cloudy economy, few silver linings

t JohnMitchellDuring a talk at the Portland Business Alliance Forum, Oregon economist John Mitchell predicts slow progress for 2013, long-term stagnation and an epic clash of generations.

Gun business booming

12.18.12 Thumbnail GunsIn the aftermath of recent shootings, Oregon gun businesses report an increase in sales, and a surge in the personal protection market.

The world according to Mark Nelson

12.14.12 Thumbnail LobbyistAn influential Salem lobbyist weighs in on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s health care and early childhood learning plans, the future of Oregon Head Start and the inner workings of that mysterious entity, the Oregon Committee.

Business leaders display united front

12.04.12 Thumbnail SummitAt the Oregon Leadership Summit, business and government leaders unite in calling for PERS reform, education investment and a decision on the Columbia River Crossing.

Long-term care for seniors due for revamp

11.29.12 Thumbnail SeniorsAs health care reform efforts get under way nationally, Oregon's Department of Human Services embarks on effort to modernize long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Science, technology as economic drivers

11.15.12 Thumbnail ScienceThe national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer conference held this week in Portland underscores the role of science and technology innovation as a national economic development strategy.

The uncertain value of economic forecasts

11.07.12 Thumbnail FinancialConflicting economic forecasts point to the need for more analysis in a data-saturated age.