Cascadia Capital Sees Opportunities and Obstacles on Path to Prosperity

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Firm's Updated Business Forecast Analyzes Growth Prospects, Strategies and Trends for Six Key Sectors in Order to Help Investors Maximize 2008 Returns

This updated analysis represents our best thinking in an uncertain and unclear market

Cascadia Capital, LLC, a national investment bank that finances the future for emerging growth, business services and manufacturing companies, released an updated business forecast today in order to help investors maximize their 2008 returns.

Focusing on six key sectors - Sustainable Industries, Communications, Internet New Media, Middle Markets, Consumer and Retail - the forecast reports that the path to prosperity, while bumpy and even treacherous in places, is still well marked.

"This updated analysis represents our best thinking in an uncertain and unclear market," said Michael Butler, Chairman and CEO of Cascadia. "We think prudence and caution are certainly called for today, but there are definitely solid ways to make money in a number of areas, and we're locking in on these upside situations."

Cascadia's latest business forecast includes the following insights:

  •     Sustainable Industries have been struggling - especially in solar power and biofuels - but patience will be rewarded as a variety of business models shake out and the 2.0 versions emerge; public-private partnerships will play a role in this sector's eventual success.
  •     Internet New Media has reached a positive tipping point, and online advertising is now a major part of the big-company marketing mix; we highlight a handful of cutting-edge technology companies that are thriving in this sector.
  •     Information Technology is maturing, but there is still running room for the fleet of foot. We shine a spotlight on SaaS, which is being deployed by cost-conscious enterprises, as well as efficient and nimble small- and medium-sized businesses.
  •     Middle Market companies are feeling the impact of a lingering credit crunch, but a number of savvy and operationally minded players are finding ways to grow in the relentlessly pressurized global economy.
  •     Consumer and Retail companies have been coping with rising costs and discouraging macro-economic news; we zero in on the food industry and show the strategies that are working and winning in this price-sensitive business.
  •     Communications companies are moving beyond efficiency and automation in order to take advantage of the growing wireless world. Approximately three-quarters of the U.S. workforce is expected to have mobile capability by 2011, and that spells opportunity.

To receive a copy of Cascadia's updated assessment of these six key industry sectors, please contact:
Nancy Greer at Cascadia Capital - ngreer@cascadiacapital.com

Media inquires should go to:
Steven Gottlieb of C3 -- s.gottlieb@greenc3.com

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