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|Thursday, April 25, 2013|
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Oregon prides itself on being a small-business state, but its moms-and-pops and start-ups are not feeling loved. According to a recent survey of small business owners, the state's economy is worse off than the rest of the country.
The 2013 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey of more than 3,000 small business owners in 25 states, primarily in Midwest and West, found that 42% of the 200 Oregon owners polled felt that economic conditions were worse off here than the rest of the country. However, sentiment has actually improved in this, the survey's fourth year: In 2011, 59% of Oregon owners felt the state was worse off than the nation.
In the other states surveyed for 2013 only 28% of respondents felt that their local economies were worse. And Oregon's pessimism can't be blamed on seaonal affective disorder, because only 24% of our northern neighbor, Washington's, small business owners felt that way.
Only 16% in Oregon think the state's better off, compared with 30% in Washington and 35% among all states surveyed. But whereas Washington's business owners str significantly more pessimistic in 2013 than last year, Oregon's owners are a little less depressed. Looking at the bigger picture, an equal number – 45% – thought the U.S. was in either a recession or in a recovery, and just 1% thought it was in expansion mode; 10% were unsure. These were roughly the same percentages for all those surveyed.
Oregon Business' reader input survey late last year found growing confidence in the state's economy, with 42% of more than 500 readers expecting it to improve this year, and 48% of them expecting their own business to improve.
Top challenges cited by small business owners in the U.S. Bank survey are economic uncertainty, government regulations, poor sales, taxes and competition from larger businesses.
Among other queries, 18% of Oregon small businesses expected to hire in the next year; 28% reported higher revenue this year and 43% expect even higher revenue next year; 62% describe the health of their business as 'good to excellent"; and 62% also say it's difficult for their business to borrow money.
In releasing their survey results, Malia Wasson, president of U.S. Bank in Oregon and Southwest Washington, said small businesses across the country are still reluctant to hire or invest in capital expenditures. "They’re waiting for the economy to show more of a recovery before their confidence returns.”
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, July 07, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.
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