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|Sunday, March 01, 2009|
MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON
BY ROBIN DOUSSARD
When you walk into the office of Rose City Mortgage, it has the warm embrace of home. CEO Renee Spears pads around in her socks and sweats, good-luck Buddhas are sprinkled about and dogs are nearby. The kitchen is right off the light-filled office and everyone has free use of the fridge. Spears even vacuums the floors every morning before her loan officers show up.
When the business took off, she moved first to a small office and then four years ago into 5,000 square feet on Macadam Boulevard that cost her $8,000 a month. At its height, the company had 25 employees and closed $258 million in residential home loans in one year. This past fall, as the housing sector crumbled and the economy tanked, the CEO downsized her company and brought it back home.
It’s a tight-knit group, easy with one another and their boss. Spears even gets described as “mom,” though at 44, and 10 to 20 years older than her staff, she seems more best friend forever or cool college RA. She is low-key and laughs easily and if she carries any tension around, it must be stuffed deep inside the pockets of her comfy sweater. When someone is troubled, Spears knows when to talk. When it’s rough going, she finds ways to focus on what matters. Before a staff meeting in the doom of last September, she asked everyone to write something positive about one another. Then at the meeting those warm words were showered over the team.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Oregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY 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.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY 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?
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Oregon economy could get a boost from a new trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY 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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
BY 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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