Frank's Articles & Media


In mid-October the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Oregon number 4 in its evaluation of states on policies, programs and activities. Derek Smith, CEO of Clean Energy Works Oregon, a public-private partnership whose mission is to  create jobs and save energy via residential energy efficiency remodels, attributes this good news to the collaboration…

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Show Me the Money – Small-business Financing Alternatives

If you are a start-up or in the development stage you know how hard it is (if not impossible) to obtain financing from the well-known traditional sources.  Banks may require a certain number of years of profitable operations, collateral and a personal guarantee before making a loan.  You may not be big enough (or want…

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Figures Don’t Lie But Liars Sure Can Figure

Of course figures don’t lie, they are inanimate, and they are what they are and only take on the meaning we ascribe to them.  But when I listen to politicians offering the same survey or research to support diametrically opposing points of view it makes me wonder just how valuable are statistics and the measures…

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Will your business survive a natural or man-made disaster?  Statistically, four out of ten will not.  If you think it can’t happen here in Portland, think again.  The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 680-mile fault off the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It is capable of producing a 9.0 mega-quake.  Historically earthquakes along that fault occur on average…

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Yes – laugh your way to good health.  It’s not Snake Oil!  You might call it alternative or holistic medicine but there is science to back it up. The American Cancer Society even endorses “Humor Therapy” as an adjunct to conventional medical therapies. Many hospital and treatment centers have established special rooms with humorous materials…

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Residential Real Estate Jobs Slowly Return

I saw the above titled article in the July 27, 2012 issue of the Portland Business Journal and I want to spread the good news, check this out: Although the Oregon housing market is recovering slowly, it is recovering.  The result: brokerages, title offices, appraisal companies, lenders and remodeling firms are all hiring.  One staging…

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