Portland State University’s School of Business Administration publicly launched its new Social Innovation Incubator last week, around the time that we were considering a poll on what stifles entrepreneurship in Oregon. The business mood is a little sour these days with the tax measures battle, the enduring downturn, seemingly endless layoffs, and Main Streets pockmarked with vacancies. It has some wondering whether Oregon is a good place to do business.
In the goofy-but-telling category, last Friday the chief of the state’s economic development agency fired back at Chicago’s mayor
, who had invited any unhappy Oregon businesses to come to the Windy City if they were steamed that the tax measures passed. And then Beaverton's mayor piled on in a letter published Sunday
in the Chicago Sun-Times
. It's an economic slapfest that tells you something about how desperate states are for jobs and growth.
Outside the heat of all this, PSU's business school, widely regarded as a leader in social and environmental stewardship,
was steadily and quietly building its incubator, which is designed to help established and startup business get to their triple bottom line, or “generate social, environmental and economic value.”