November 30, 2012 - Text messaging use declines — personal & business

by Michael Hendrix U.S. Chamber of Commerce According to a new report by the consulting firm Chetan Sharma, text messaging is declining for the first time in America. Cell phone users sent an average of 678 texts a month in the third quarter of this year, which is a decline […]

November 29, 2012 - Oregon Dept. of Revenue name used in phone scam

Revenue Calls Attention to E-Mail and Telephone Scams By Oregon Department of Revenue The Oregon Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers to beware of e-mail and telephone scams that use the agency’s name as a lure to obtain personal and financial information. Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from fraudsters […]

November 28, 2012 - Palm scan technology used on ATMs

By Oregon Small Business Association, Palm Scans Replacing ATM’s?  Biometric scans may become more available as replacements for ATM’s, PIN’s and other personal ID while increasing security and speeding up check-ins and online transactions. Biometric Technology Biometric scanners use personal characteristics and traits to identify a person. Palm prints, used […]

November 27, 2012 - WA Marijuana Legalization Law Need Not Affect Employer Drug Testing Policies

by Jim Shore World of Work Stoel Rives, Oregon law firm There are many sound reasons why employers have zero tolerance policies and engage in drug testing of applicants and/or employees, including customer requirements, government contracting requirements (e.g.,the federal Drug Free Workplace Act), federal or state laws (including DOT requirements […]

November 26, 2012 - Survey: Portland downtown adding jobs, overcoming stereotypes

By Portland Business Alliance Business owners and retailers feel downtown is very clean and safeThe Clean & Safe District’s 2011 Business Census and Survey results, which were released today, show a positive upward trend in downtown Portland’s employment numbers as well as a new statistic revealing the amount of wages […]

November 25, 2012 - WA hit with business “Minutes” scheme

WA hit with business “Minutes” scheme By Oregon Better Business Bureau Businesses in Washington state are the target of confusing solicitations from Corporate Records Service of Tumwater, Wash., also known as Labor Law Poster Service. Official-looking notices request that companies pay $100 to $125 to file their “Annual Minutes.” Better […]

November 24, 2012 - Business leaders speak out on fiscal cliff

by Sheryll Poe, Free Enterprise U.S. Chamber of Commerce The fiscal cliff, the combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on January 1, 2013, is weighing heavily on the shoulders of business owners, including Rick McNeel and Theresa Kern. McNeel is president and CEO of […]

November 22, 2012 - 20% share Thanksgiving with co-workers

By Career Builders, CAs Americans prepare to give thanks, co-workers may play a role in many Thanksgiving celebrations. Nearly one-in-five (19 percent) workers say they plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers either in or out of the office. A new CareerBuilder Thanksgiving survey was conducted nationally online by Harris Interactive© […]

November 21, 2012 - Where Oregon is headed — Economic & revenue forecast

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. Recent tax collections have matched forecast relatively well, resulting in only a minor change in the forecast The economic outlook has improved slightly over the medium term raising Personal Income Taxes along with it On net General Fund and Lottery Fund […]