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Oregon Contractors can take continuing education courses online

Online continuing education courses revamps how contractors renew licenses By Oregon Small Business Association Oregon licensed building contractors are finding they have to take an extra step to renew their state Construction Contractors Board (CCB) licenses this year. Effective October 1, 2011, the CCB began requiring contractors to complete continuing education credit hours. Most residential […]

Will Seatlle see a NBA team?

By Oregon Small Business Association, Could Seattle get another NBA team? That’s a definite maybe. Though the city has lacked a pro basketball team since the SuperSonics went to Oklahoma City in 2009, three recent developments indicate that the situation may change soon. First of all, Paul Allen, owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, said […]

Price drops — Super Bowl, Tablets & Travel

By Oregon Small Business Association While the cost of essential items like gas and food will continue to rise, analysts predict that current economic trends favor lower prices on tablets, televisions, and travel in 2012. Big screen TVs If the past few years are any guide, consumers could purchase an LCD or 3D television for […]

Virus adapt to social media

By Oregon Small Business Association, A new form of virus—dubbed social media virus or social spam—has companies like Facebook and Twitter working around the clock to prevent hackers from exploiting their social networks. Hackers have become adept at creating fraudulent profile accounts from which to launch large scale spam attacks. A new Social Spam Index […]

2011: The year of Bill Gates Bashing

2011 has been the year of Bill Gates bashing – To his credit, Bill has handled it all in strideBy Oregon Small Business Association From government criticisms to former co-workers, 2011 was a year full of unusually sharp and personal criticism of Bill Gates. First of all, Governing Magazine ran a front page cover story […]

Paul Allen starts space launch venture

Paul Allen embarks on space launch business – Video press conference below By Oregon Small Business Association Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has turned his attention and money to an endeavor that has eluded corporate and government rocket scientists for decades: launching satellites into space from and ascending aircraft. Allen plans to inject $200 […]

Trending downward: Daily Deals, Netbooks, more

Low-cost Trend Troubles: Daily Deals, Netbooks, Cheap China goods By Oregon Small Business Association As the economy continues to sputter, U.S consumers have increasingly cut spending and embraced bargain shopping as a way of life. New data, however, suggests that recent fixtures of American frugality may be on the way out. Daily Deals hitting peak […]

Trend ends for Daily Deals, Netbooks, Cheap China goods

By Oregon Small Business Association As the economy continues to sputter, U.S consumers have increasingly cut spending and embraced bargain shopping as a way of life. New data, however, suggests that recent fixtures of American frugality may be on the way out. Daily Deals hitting peak Studies indicate that the once booming “daily deal” industry […]

Shoplighting at 5-year high due to theft rings

Theft rings push shoplifting rates to 5-year high By Oregon Small Business Association Shoplifting appears to be a growing problem for America’s retailers, and thieves are growing in their sophistication. That’s according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association, a prominent industry trade group that recently released its annual report detailing the latest trends in retail […]

Post Office tries to get people to stop using the internet

Oregon Small Business Association The latest U.S. Post Office TV commercial is trying to get the public to take a great leap backwards by not engaging in online transactions. The Post Office commercial tries to strike a wedge between online and postal commerce by using the security card. Here is what the post office TV […]