February 28, 2009 - New withholding tables available. Most Paychecks will grow.

New Withholding Tables Now Available on; Most Workers Will See Bigger Paychecks this Spring IRS? The Internal Revenue Service today released new withholding tables that will result in more take-home pay this spring for millions of American workers.  The new tables incorporate the new Making Work Pay credit, one […]

February 27, 2009 - Oregon Entrepreneur: Redefining electronics for women

By Liz Overson Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Robin Jones, CEO and Co-founder of 88 Inc. of Portland, is working hard to bring a product to market that she feels will transform mobile phone usage for women. In sum, she and her partner are designing headpieces that are ergonomically and aesthetically targeting […]

February 26, 2009 - Food manufacturers are truly recession-proof

By Ken Niezgoda, Biz Reporter The “Recession-Proof” label is typically attached to the health care industry, yet the industry that experienced Oregon’s largest percentage growth in employment last year was Food Manufacturing. With 1800 new jobs added in the past year, Food Manufacturing increased its workforce 7.9 percent, according to […]

February 25, 2009 - Do Oregon’s energy tax credits help or hurt the economy?

By Dr. Eric Fruits, Econinternational Tomorrow morning, Oregon’s House Revenue Committee will be taking public input on a bill to limit the state’s business energy tax credits.  Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit program (BETC) gives a tax credit to businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations to spend money on projects intended […]

February 24, 2009 - New Unemployment Insurance Bills Expose Employers to Higher Taxes

By J.L. Wilson Associated Oregon Industries, A package of unemployment bills introduced in the past week may substantially add to employers’ tax liability concerns, according to numbers furnished by the Oregon Employment Department.  SB 461, SB 462, and SB 463 were introduced and assigned to the Senate Commerce & Workforce […]

February 23, 2009 - Inventories Point to Worse Economic Forecast

By Bill Conerly, Businomics, Conerly Consulting LLC I’ve lowered my economic forecast for 2009 based on inventory data which I’ve recently studied.  Here’s the long-run picture:

February 22, 2009 - Law Changes for COBRA and SCHIP

Bullard, Smith, Jernstedt & Wilson Law Firm EAlert 2/16/09 STIMULUS BILL MANDATES COBRA CHANGES Tomorrow President Obama is expected to sign the much-debated stimulus bill (officially the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”) that the House and Senate passed last week. The ARRA changes certain rules relating to continuation […]

February 21, 2009 - Oregon Ends Rolling Reconnect to Federal Tax Code

By Oregon Society of CPAs, In the 1990s Oregon adopted legislation to provide that the Oregon definition of taxable income would automatically tie to changes in the federal definition of taxable income.  As the 2009 Legislature convened, they became very concerned about the newest stimulus package that was moving through […]

February 20, 2009 - If your system crashed right now would you be ready?

By Chris Benson Owner of GeeksAKnockin’ LLC, Imagine if you came in to your office tomorrow and found that your laptop/desktop/server had been stolen.  How long could your business continue to operate without access to the information on those computers?  How much would it cost to recreate all the company records, […]

February 20, 2009 - HP sales decline. A look at the numbers

Hewlett-Packard recently announced a 13% drop in quarterly profit.  Here is where they are decline and where they are rising; PCs -19% Printer -19% Servers -18% Software -7% Services +116% * * = Service increase due to acquisition