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Microsoft suffers layoffs

By Oregon Small Business Association One of the NW’s largest employers, Microsoft, is laying off employees in its marketing division. About 25,000 of the company’s 90,000 full-time employees work in sales and marketing, and CEO Steve Ballmer apparently doesn’t think that the software giant’s sales justify the nearly $14 billion it spent on sales and […]

Changes in technology pose threat to advertisers

By Oregon Small Business Association A smart phone App called MailStop and a new Dish Network DVR dubbed “The Hopper” give consumers the power to eliminate junk mail and commercials. Junk Mail-Blocking Apps The United States Postal Service, plagued by financial woes, now must deal with a new smart phone App called MailStop that notifies […]

Changing consumer trends for younger generation

By Oregon Small Business Association American teenagers are leaving the auto market and instead spending more on fashion, food, wine and beauty products. Less on cars Research shows that the number of teens owning a used car has dropped from seven million to four million in only five years. Fewer teens today get their driver’s […]

NW island still for sale — sign of the times?

By Oregon Small Business Association Millionaires buy beach homes; billionaires buy islands. But in recessions, billionaires end up selling those islands. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, is selling 292-acre Allan Island, just off the coast from Anacortes, Wash., for only $13.5 million. The island has been on the market for two years, and there is no […]

Oregon chain store shake-up

By Oregon Small Business Association Best Buy has recently announced it will be closing 50 big box stores across the nation while at the same time opening 100 smaller mobile device stores. None of the larger Best Buy store closures will impact Oregon.  Sears Holding Corporation, parent company of Sears and Kmart, will be closing […]

Oregon has significant business drop

By Oregon Small Business Association Oregon is an unfriendly state when it comes to business, according to 650 CEO’s surveyed by ChiefExecutive.net. The survey ranked Oregon No. 42, down 15 spots since 2008, the biggest drop in the survey of all U.S. states. Respondents indicated Oregon has wasted its competitive advantage with its beauty, natural […]

Update on Oregon bankruptcies

By Oregon Small Business Association Portland’s HemCon Medical Technologies Inc., makes bandages for wounded warriors. With only 65 employees, HemCon had revenues of $73 million four years ago. But for more than six years, it has been the target of a patent-infringement lawsuit by Marine Polymer Technologies Inc., a bandage-maker from Massachusetts. The lawsuit has […]

Fight to save Klamath River Dams, local jobs

Join the Oregon Small Business Association as we Fight to Save the Klamath River Dams and the Jobs they Support The Oregon Small Business Association strongly opposes the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) because it calls for the removal of the Klamath Basin Dams. These dams are vital to the economy of the Klamath Basin. […]

Problems mount for CRC bridge

By Oregon Small Business Association, Recent developments regarding the funding, design, and purpose of the Columbia River Crossing’s (CRC) plans for a new bridge linking Portland and Vancouver have renewed concerns of opponents who believe the project is ill conceived, too costly, or who question the integrity of the whole process. Recently, the U.S. Coast […]

Cash mobs offer sales booms

By Oregon Small Business Association Small, locally-owned businesses across the country are getting a boost from a new phenomenon called cash mobs which have found their way to Oregon. The economic counterpart to flash mobs, cash mobs are mass runs on a local business for the purpose of buying products and generating income. Started in […]