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Columbia River Crossing Bridge Knocked by Taxpayer Group

By Oregon Tax News The watchdog taxpayer group, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), has included the Columbia River Crossing Bridge in its list of what it terms “common sense cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff.” The cuts total $2.0 trillion, which is more than enough to avoid sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts mandated by law that […]

PC Sales in Sharp Decline

By Oregon Small Business Association Analysts at IDC and Gartner Inc. said PC shipments in this year’s third quarter were down by 87.5 million, or 8% lower than a year ago. A report from IHS iSuppli projected that overall sales would decline this year for the first time in 11 years. “This is definitively a crossroads” […]

Reform needed over wood product certification

Reform needed over wood product certification  By Oregon Small Business Association Oregon’s federal lawmakers have taken a strong stand against China’s unfair and manipulative trade practices that have made its government-subsidized wood and paper products artificially cheap in the U.S. market. Chinese firms are also reaping huge profits from illegal logging. “American manufacturers can’t compete […]

Starbucks breaking new ground in mobile payments

By Oregon Small Business Association Ordering a double-shot latte is easier and faster these days using Starbucks’ mobile payment program. Even before its recent $25 million investment in Square, the San Francisco mobile payments startup, Starbucks had been processing a million mobile-phone transactions per week. The Seattle-based coffee chain released its first mobile app in […]

Oregon’s job creators

By OSBA Consumer Cellular opens 650 jobs When T-Mobile closed its call center earlier this year, 359 workers lost their jobs. Those employees were offered positions at other T-Mobile locations. But now they have another option. Consumer Cellular, a Portland-based wireless and cellphone service provider, leased the 77,000 square-foot call center and plans to eventually […]

OSBA spreads word on important ballot measures

OSBA President TJ Reilly speaking at a dinner event in Portland this week while detailing important business ballot measures on the November ballot. By Oregon Small Business Association, TJ emphasized Measure 79 the ban on real estate transfer taxes which if local real estate transfer taxes spread to other counties would greatly increase the cost […]

Consumer rating shows nation’s favorite businesses

Consumer rating shows nation’s favorite businesses By Oregon Small Business Association Red Lobster is more satisfactory to American consumers than any other restaurant this year; in fact, it earned the highest score in the 18th annual ratings of the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Americans love their pizza, too; Papa John’s also earned an 83% satisfaction […]

Right to vote on county transportation projects is needed for Clackamas

By Oregon Small Business Association, The Oregon Small Business Association supports common sense efforts to add public input into important and expensive decisions on public transit rail projects.   OSBA supports the Clackamas County measure 3-401 to require public approval of light rail projects which is set for a September 18th vote. We see this issue […]

Mobile connectivity is essential link in business

By TJ Reilly President Oregon Small Business Association Small businesses today rely upon mobile connectivity more than ever before. Just as consumer demand for smartphones and tablets has skyrocketed, small businesses also increasingly depend on mobile devices for everything from daily operations to connecting with their customers and clients.

New Boeing plane arrives in Portland. The road ahead.

By Oregon Small Business Association The 787 Dreamliner, an all-new airplane design with advanced features increasing efficiency and improving air travel experience, stopped in Portland for two days at Boeing’s Paint Hangar at Portland International Airport. The Dreamliner is uses 20% less fuel than previous models and with already over 800 orders represents a giant […]