By Oregon Better Business Bureau Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns about common holiday scams and frauds: Malware E-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in fraudulent holiday email cards. Don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited emails. Stranded Grandki
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There is a tie between what you buy in the store with reward cards and your Facebook page that you may be unaware about. Watch CNN Money video below.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Despite many studies and detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, a great deal of misinformation is being peddled by opponents of immigration reform. The following myths and facts show that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating jobs, increasing
By Oregon Better Business Bureau With the probable demise of physical cash in the near future, many retailers—large and small—are adopting point-of-sale solutions to accommodate the increasing use of debit and credit. The ease of implementation, gentle learning curve and competitive fees are making smartphone and tablet
By Steve Buckstein Cascade Policy Institute It was wonderful to hear that Phil and Penny Knight recently offered a $500 million cancer challenge to OHSU if the public would match their donation. But now OHSU wants taxpayers to come up with $200 million of the match through a building bond. Portland Business Journal reports
Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Yes, a very good jobs report and, yes, still some way to go. The US Unemployment rate dropped to 7% on the back of 203,000 new jobs created. There is not much to dislike about this report, only hope that we can finally sustain the momentum. […]
Davis Dwight & Tremaine LLP Oregon business law firm By Bob Scott The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a class action claim that Google’s modifications to its customer privacy policies and subsequent sharing of customer data across Google products violate the Wiretap Act and other
CNN Money takes a look at the sophisticated way Verizon uses cell-phone data on its customers to sell to other vendors.
Michael Hendrix Director, Research & Emerging Issues U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Bitcoin isn’t real money. It isn’t a unit of account, doesn’t store value, and is a poor medium of exchange. Bitcoin is simply a payment technology—in the midst of what looks like the biggest bubble in recent memory. If bitc
First Quarter 2013: Higher Wage Workers Saw Faster Wage Growth Over the Past Decade by Barbara E Peniston Oregon Employment Department Have your wages been keeping up with inflation? An inspection of year-to-year changes in median quintile wages might lead you to believe that this is not the case – unless your wages h
University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of Oregon Oregon economic indicators show continued growth at an average pace. Highlights of the report include: • The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity slipped to -0.19 in June from a revised 0.39 the previous month. The three-
By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. In the previous post on job sprawl, I referenced the new research on economic mobility. It’s certainly interesting and is likely the best and most complete empirical work on the subject that there is. However there has not been a lot of conclusions as to why […
Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme. They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardh
The enduring question for Google is privacy. CNN Money asks it directly to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. See video below.
U.S. Is Producing Fewer College Graduates With Computer and Information Technology Degrees Than Ten Years Ago — Study Also Reveals Which Major College Degrees Are Growing the Fastest By Career Builders, The demand for graduates with computer and information technology skills continues to rise, but U.S. colleges and un
Startups Collaborate to Recruit Engineers By Oregon Small Business Association Businessweek wrote about Portland’s innovative idea to attract new talent. The CEOs of 11 of Portland’s startup tech companies have launched a novel and promising venture: joining forces to recruit new talent into the city instead of
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Oregon is surrounded by the nations top worst car theft cities. Below is a list of Oregon’s own car theft cities ranked within the state followed by their national rank when compared to other metro cities. #1. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, (46) #2. Salem, (59) #3.
By Oregon Small Business Association, According to Rootmetrics AT&T’s average download speeds are 30% faster than Verizon. At&T may be winnign the speed war, but Verizon has winning the volume contest as they have 93 million subscribers, compared to AT&T’s 71 million. Below is a chart comparing the a
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was mentioned highly in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Editorial for his bi-aprtisan work with Republican John Thune. See below. Wall Street Editorial Board, 8/3/13 Bipartisanship isn’t dead in Washington, at least when it comes to taxing the Internet. On Thursday Senators Ron Wyden
Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Yet another month with good-but-not-great job growth figures. How long has this been now, five years? We find out that the US economy added 162,000 jobs and that unemployment fell to 7.4%. I think it is pretty clear that folks that were pointing to a Japan-styl
By J.L. Wilson Associated Oregon Industries With the unemployment rate in Oregon stuck above the national average – and incomes far below the national average – AOI believes the Legislature has the opportunity to make substantial investments in industrial site readiness, core infrastructure and brownfields red
In-Migration Fueled Oregon Population Growth in 2012 by Nick Beleiciks Oregon Employment Department The Population Research Center at Portland State University publishes annual population estimates for Oregon and its counties as of July 1. These reports include the broad reasons behind the changes in population. The compone
As CNN-Money reports, because breast pumps are covered by the Affordable Care Act it has created a surge in consumer purchases creating a supply chain problem as revealed by several breast pump outlets. The Washington post reports, Tucked within the Affordable Care Act is a provision requiring insurance companies to cover b
By Deidra Krys-Rusoff Ferguson Wellman Portland investment firm Ask any municipal bond expert what keeps them awake at nights and I guarantee that concerns over the escalating costs of pensions and post-retirement benefits for municipalities is on their top 10 list. The pension landscape is changing; as costs increase, th
Oregon average is more expensive than in 2011 but not as high as last year By Oregon — American Automobile Association “Memorial Day weekend is almost here and gas prices in Oregon will likely be less expensive than last year but more expensive than in 2011. The national average for regular unleaded adds seven cents
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hollywood script writers must be going through an unimaginative streak. As The Wall Street Journal reports, this summer will see the release of movies in which the antagonists are…surprise – corrupt, evil, and greedy business executives scarier than Darth Vader, the Joker, or Hannibal Lecter
Economy Decent But Not Great: The Businomics Newsletter by Bill Conerly, Oregon economist Conerly Consulting, Businomics
By J.L. Wilson Associated Oregon Industries Unions are also in the cross-hairs with three initiative petitions. Right on the heels of the defeat of the $275 million tax package on the House Floor two weeks ago (which would have added $114 million in new taxes per biennium on C-Corps) Oregon’s public employee unions
Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm On April 4, 2013, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law a new requirement that Oregon employers provide employees who are veterans with time off on Veterans Day. Under the new law, an eligible employee who is otherwise scheduled to work on Veterans Day is entitled to take the day off upon [...]
Who’s Hiring in Portland By Oregon Small Business Association The following chart shows the top five companies listing the most job openings in Portland on simplyhired.com: Note – Number in parenthesis denotes month-over-month change 1. Intel – 1,258 jobs (22.5%) 2. Providence Health & Services – 606 jobs (7