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South Waterfront's revenge

Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoodyAveBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Remember the naysayers?  Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle?  Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?


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Risks & rewards of owning triple net investments

Thursday, July 24, 2014
NNNinvestmentBY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.


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Who said we should sell in May?

Friday, July 18, 2014
BullMarketBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”


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Oversight? Or gaming the system?

Monday, July 14, 2014
AmazonBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.


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Why I became an Oregon angel investor

Monday, July 14, 2014
AngelInvestBY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE

I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


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Interview: Dr. Mark Goulston

Thursday, July 10, 2014
JustListenBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.


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The Scott Kveton affair

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
ScottKvetonBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.


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Updated: Disrupting innovation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.


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Attack of the Robin Sages

Monday, July 07, 2014
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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Trends in business succession

Thursday, July 03, 2014
TrendsBY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.


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OB Video: Dress for Success

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
DFSOBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.


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Q&A: David Lively of Organically Grown Co.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
OGCLogoBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.


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Our Featured Stories

  • The Private 150: Bigger But Leaner
    BY KIM MOORE

    Total revenue increased at Oregon's top 150 private companies, but the number of employees continues to decline as firms downsize in the post-recession economy.

  • Canine Inc.
    BY AMY MILSHTEIN

    Pet parents feed the doggy economy.

  • Searching for a Cure
    BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

    As health care reform inches forward, insurers, doctors and hospitals seek to improve quality and control costs.

must-reads

Frontier CEO dismisses Google Fiber 'hype'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Frontier Communications' Maggie Wilderotter says her company can offer better prices for more modest Internet speeds.

Supportland welcomes non-Portland businesses

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The buy-local advocate enlisted 13 businesses from downtown Oregon City.

Gresham MBank explores medical pot banking

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Oregon bank wants to provide banking services to medical marijuana businesses in the state.

Portland expects 200K more people

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

City officials say 200,000 more residents will move to the Rose City in the next 20 years.

Eugene passes sick pay policy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eugene City Council approved a sick day measure that will allow all workers to accumulate time off.

$100M donation boosts OHSU Challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new $100 million anonymous donation brings Oregon Health & Science University $82 million short of meeting its $500 million match goal.

Junction City farmland zoned for commercial development

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The owner of the 40 acres of farmland—the local Boresek family—has applied to have the land's zoning changed to allow commercial development.

Reduced Oregon coal use means more exported abroad

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By 2020, coal will no longer be burned at the 38-year-old Boardman Coal Plant—it will be exported to Asia.

NuScale to add scores of Oregon jobs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NuScale Power expects to bring on 105 more workers to its 194-person staff by this time next year.

Lloyd Center to receive $50M redo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dallas-based Cypress Equities, which purchased the mall last year, will spend $50 million on the two-year remodel.

Nike paid Phil Knight confidant $1.525M

Monday, July 28, 2014

The sports apparel company paid Howard Slusher $1.525 million for his management of Nike's World Headquarters expansion.

Gov. Kitzhaber oil train safety report sees statewide problems

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Oregon governor released a review urging the state to institute a fee on rail cars moving oil and other hazardous material to fund oil train safety preparedness.

New concept revealed for third Columbia River bridge

Monday, July 28, 2014

The proposed bridge would cross the Columbia River at SE 192nd Avenue and Highway 14 in Washington, cross Government Island and connect to NE Airport Way in Oregon.

Seattle real estate firm buys Oregonian building

Monday, July 28, 2014

Urban Renaissance Group is buying the newspaper's former headquarters on SW Broadway.

Long-time Portland retailer leaves West End

Monday, July 28, 2014

CounterMedia, the 20-year-old independent book seller, is leaving its location on SW Oak Street.

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