West University neighborhood blossoms following construction of student housing.
Ten Northwest Metal customers have filed complaints with the Justice department since last August.
This year's contest puts more emphasis on the companies' makeup in choosing winners.
The list includes Oregon Right to Life and timber baron Andrew Miller of Stimson Lumber.
Keen Inc., a footwear retailer, will make 300,000 shoes this year at its Portland shoe factory.
Electro Scientific Industries reported a 24% decline in sales last quarter and lost $8.3 million, 27 cents per share.
The manufacturer will lay off 20 full-time employees and about 50 temporary workers from its original Northwest plant.