Oregon economic indicators as of November 2009

  All “latest” numbers are for November 2009 unless otherwise noted. Latest Month Previous Month Previous Year Annual Change EMPLOYMENT/BUSINESS LISTINGS Total employment State of Oregon, thousands (December) 1,747.3 1,749.3 1,826.8 -4.3% Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands (December) 211.4 206.7 152.9 38.3% Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted (December) 11.1% 11.2% 7.8% … Read more

How to Start a New Small Business in Oregon

Oregon-regions-map-flatCreating a new small business is not something to be done on a whim. Startups first require many hours of planning and tough decision making. What are you selling? Who is your target market? What kind of legal structure will you use? Where will you get the necessary capital and materials? All of these questions and more can be better answered by taking one of many business classes throughout the country.

The year in review

January is always a time to reflect on the year gone by. As I look back at the magazine’s coverage in 2009, there is a distinct Dickensian quality.