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Distillers seek to cash in on craft libations

BY ERIC FLOWERS | OB CORRESPONDENT

05.16.13 Thumbnail WineIn 2009, Brad Irwin formally launched what is now Central Oregon’s second craft distillery, Oregon Spirit Distillers, in a small warehouse building just a block or two from the Parkway on Bend’s eastside. Today, he’s part of a growing class of craft distillers who are catering to the public’s appetite for artisan spirits.

Outlook brighter for sales of Portland businesses

05.09.13 Thumbnail BusinessSalesBY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

Much like residential real estate that finally seems to be regaining ground lost years ago during the recession, sales of businesses are also seeing modest improvement.

 

Oregon provides fodder for health care debate

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BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

New results from a unique study of the effects of health insurance coverage in Oregon have added more fuel to the debate over health care.

 

Small business owners gloomier in Oregon

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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.

Things fall apart

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

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SoloPower's closure caps a gloomy 10 days for Oregon business leaders.

 

 

 

More than $9B invested in Oregon renewable resources

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.26.12 SolarPanelThumbnailInvestment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon totals over $9 billion, according to a new report by the Renewable Northwest Project released for Earth Day.

 

Rough & Ready closes; Nike disses South Waterfront

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateRough & Ready, the 90-year old mill featured in our current issue, shut down yesterday.

 

 

 

Portland's jobs flee the urban core

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

04.18.13 Thumbnail CommuteWhile residential flight to the suburbs ebbed in the last decade or two amid urban gentrification, most jobs are still migrating outward according to a new Brookings report.

 

 

Charting the online ed disruption

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.10.13 Thumbnail Education Don’t look now, but online education startups may soon give social media/mobile app developers a run for their money — in Oregon and around the country.

  

 

Nike's Parker is 4th-highest-paid U.S. CEO

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

1012 CEOPay MarkParkerMark Parker, Nike's CEO, came in fourth on a New York Times list of 2012's top-paid CEOs at U.S. public companies. He was topped only by Oracle's Larry Ellison (no. 1), HCA Healthcare's Richard Bracken and Walt Disney's Bob Iger.

Meat eaters unite

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.03.13 Thumbnail MeatThe Portland Meat Collective, a mobile butchery school, goes national with a Kickstarter campaign. The initiative, "Meat Collectives Across America," is unique in the Kickstarter repertoire as it asks supporters to back a movement, not a product.

AP Stylebook nixes 'illegal immigrant'

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.02.13 Thumbnail ProtestThe AP Stylebook is the definitive style guide for journalists. Today AP editors nixed the term "illegal immigrant" and no longer allow the use of "illegal" as a description for a person.
 
 

Could legalizing same-sex marriage boost Oregon's economy?

01.16.13 Thumbnail GayMarriageNow that our neighbors to the north have legalized same-sex marriage with Referendum 74, supporters hope Oregon will do the same on the next ballot in November 2014. The economic impact to Oregon could number in the millions. 

Elephants lead zoo expansion

12.21.12 Thumbnail ElephantsWith elephant calf Lily nearly three weeks old, the Oregon Zoo has a more tangible reason to expand their elephant enclosure. On Tuesday, Metro unanimously approved two resolutions to help the state’s most popular paid tourist attraction expand.

Good season despite climate change worries

12.13.12 Thumbnail SkiOregon prides itself on having the longest ski season in the U.S., with November-May openings. But a new report projects climate change will warm winter temperatures 4-10 degrees by the end of the century, threatening the long snow season that allows Oregon's winter sports industry to thrive.

Portland's eco-roof industry falls short

11.07.12 Thumbnail EcoroofThe worldwide eco-roof industry is growing rapidly, and Portland is often lauded as being in a unique position to benefit as an early adopter of the green building trend. Yet the city is falling behind on its goal of 43 acres of eco-roofs by 2013. 

Women working more, and less, in Oregon

thelatestThough women are not working as much, they are working more. This paradox was highlighted in a recent report by the state’s employment department that tracked female employment numbers from the 1970s.

Democratic, Republican economic agendas put forth

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The Legislature’s House Democratic and Republican caucuses have released their policy agendas for economic recovery and job creation. But between the divergence of those agendas, duration of the Legislature’s short, upcoming session, and partisan politics in an election year, the business community may wind up holding its breath.

New LGBTQ magazine to start up

thelatestA Michael Pollan-esque summation of the business model for PQ Monthly, the new monthly LGBTQ magazine debuting in mid-February, might be: mostly online, some print, engage readers.

SolarWorld holiday card called racist

thelatestA racially charged holiday greeting is fanning the flames of a trade dispute in the solar industry, one that already has business leaders and others feeling touchy.

Oregon manufacturing sees small uptick in jobs

thelatestFollowing national trends, Oregon’s manufacturing sector saw modest employment gains last year after more than a decade of decline aggravated by the Great Recession. Oregon has gained 903 jobs between October 2010 to October 2011, an increase of 0.5%.