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Archive for January, 2017

Portland band trademark case before Supreme Court

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Jan 18, 2017 If you start a rock band and give it a shocking name, can the government prevent you from trademarking it? That’s the question for the Supreme Court Wednesday as the Justices decide if the feds can discriminate against trademark applications based on the viewpoint of the speech. Simon […]

The pitfalls of employee rewards

By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Employee of the Month. Sounds like a great idea. For the price of a cheap plaque and a good parking spot, bosses can motivate employees to deliver superior service. So the thinking goes. Academics call it “status competition.” And sometimes it backfires. Wells Fargo has been […]

Rise of one-man manufacturers

The Wall Street Journal has reported on an unexpected business phenomenon in the manufacturing world.   As manufacturing jobs decline nationwide, there is an increase in one person manufacturing jobs run by businesses with only one employee.   This is proof that small business is still an important driver in jobs.