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Video: Google boldy enters Tablet market

March 31, 2012 --

Below is a Wall Street Journal interview on Google entering the tablet market by making them and selling them directly to customers online. This is a bold move after Google entered (and exited) the smart phone market.

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Survey: Talking politics at work differs by age, gender

March 30, 2012 --

More Than One-Third of Workers Discuss Politics at Work
One-in-Five of Those Who Have Discussed Politics at Work Had a Fight or Heated Conversation with a Co-Worker Over Political Views
Career Builders

As one of the most anticipated and contentious presidential races moves forward, you may find the most vocal political pundits in the next cubicle, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Thirty-six percent of workers reported they discuss politics at work. Forty-three percent expect they will be talking about this year’s presidential election with co-workers. The nationwide survey of more than 7,000 full-time workers nationwide was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder between November 9 and December 5, 2011.

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Nike in Tebow lawsuit with Reebock

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Business News Note:

Reebok has supplied NFL uniforms, and used that fact in its marketing, for nearly a decade. But on Sunday, Nike becomes the new supplier, and marketer, of NFL uniforms and merchandise. Naturally, Nike is suing Reebok for not playing fair. The reason: capitalizing on the Broncos’ recent trade of Tim Tebow to the Jets, Reebok has begun selling Jets-related apparel bearing Tebow’s name.

Normally NFL merchandise doesn’t sell very well at this time of year, but the Tebow shirts have been selling at a furious rate. And Nike doesn’t like that: customers who buy a Tebow jersey from Reebok this week probably won’t be interested in buying another from Nike next week.

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Starbucks guru to speak at University of Portland

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Starbucks executive Arthur Rubinfeld to give Bauccio Lecture at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Buckley Center Auditorium
By University of Portland

Arthur Rubinfeld, Starbucks Coffee Company’s president for global development, will give the Bauccio Lecture at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Buckley Center Auditorium on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rubinfeld is well-known for his leading-edge, visionary work in the areas of retail design and architecture. He initially joined the firm in 1992 and spent ten years helping the company expand from 100 to 4,000 store locations worldwide. He also played a major role in creating the customer experience that defines the Starbucks brand. He returned to Starbucks in 2008 to oversee the global and strategic site selection, design and creative concepts for Starbucks stores.

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Portland Business Alliance releases endorsements

March 29, 2012 --

By Portland Business Allliance

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its endorsement in a number of regional races. A complete list is below. Mitch Hornecker, chair of the Alliance’s Government Relations Executive Committee, made the following statement about the Alliance endorsements:

“The Alliance is maintaining a sharp focus on private-sector job creation and so we looked at how the candidates approach issues that impact economic development and the growth of private-sector jobs.”

The Alliance endorsed:
•Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle
•Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey
•Martha Schrader for Clackamas County Commission, Position 3
•Craig Dirksen for Metro Council, District 3
•Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, District 4

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Cash Mobs offer Oregon hi-tech rescue

March 28, 2012 --

Cash Mobs offer Oregon hi-tech rescue
By Oregon Small Business Association

Small, locally-owned businesses across the country are getting a boost from a new phenomenon called cash mobs. The economic counterpart to flash mobs, cash mobs are mass runs on a local business for the purpose of buying products and generating income.

The novel concept is the brain child of Buffalo blogger and engineer Christ Smith, who says the cash mob idea is like a reverse Groupon. Instead of the business giving deals to consumers, consumers show up to pay regular price and help a locally owned business. Importantly, cash mobs target struggling locally-owned businesses that give back to the surrounding community. And as a social event, cash mobs also connect goodwill shoppers and cultivate long-term relationships between businesses and their customers. In these ways, Smith believes cash mobs can bring communities together during tough economic times.

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Oregon’s Prompt Pay Acts Strengthened and Clarified in 2012

March 27, 2012 --

Oregon’s Prompt Pay Acts Strengthened and Clarified in 2012
By C. Andrew Gibson
Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon Law Firm
Ahead of Schedule

Parties to construction contracts take notice: the legislature enacted new consequences and contract restrictions to Oregon’s Prompt Pay Acts starting in 2012.

On public improvement contracts first advertised or solicited on or after May 28, 2012, the newly revised Act (a) changes the interest penalty rate for a prime contractor’s failure to make timely payment to subcontractors to 9 percent per annum from the current amorphous federally based rate; (b) requires prime contractors to provide first-tier subcontractors with a standard payment application form intended to clarify payment processing procedures throughout the life of the subcontract; and (c) mandates a 45-day notification period to subcontractors before changes are made to payment processing procedures. [HB 4034; ORS 279C.515; ORS 279C.580.]

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Data shows March Madness helps office productivity

March 26, 2012 --

By U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Free Enterprise

Attention business owners: There’s more to cheer about than your favorite team making it past the first round in the NCAA Tournament this year. According to University of Richmond psychologist Donelson Forsyth, participation in company betting pools, checking score updates, and coffee chatter about March Madness are all good for an office – they can even be profitable.

“Certainly time will be taken away from tasks we’re doing, but the gain in terms of energy and overall cohesiveness in the long run will have a positive yield,” Forsyth told The Huffington Post.

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NW based Macoroni Grill operator files for bankruptcy

March 25, 2012 --

By Guest Submission,

Waterloo Restaurant Ventures, operator of the Macaroni Grill restaurants in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, filed for bankruptcy on March 8. The corporation is based in Vancouver but filed in North Texas; it operates 10 Macaroni Grills, some of which are in Portland, Hillsboro, Tualatin, and Clackamas, Ore. Currently, it owns the right to develop twenty more of the restaurants, but its venture into Chapter 11 indicates that such development is unlikely in the near future.

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Paul Allen makes giant $300 Million donation

March 24, 2012 --

The Wall Street Journal features a video discussion on NW billionaire Paul Allen and his recent $300 million donation for health research. See video below to see more details.

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