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1 The 2008 100 Best Companies
2 The 2008 100 Best list
3 The rental rebound
4 Restaurants cope with rising food costs
5 Deal Watch: OMSI adds millions to the equation
6 Lessons learned from one of The Best
7 The ongoing debate over immigration
8 Next: the human-powered car
9 Banks scramble for solid ground
10 Who do voodoo like they do? Q&A with Voodoo Doughnut founders
11 Companies address breastfeeding needs
12 State, businesses push for green energy tax credits
13 Graphic: Stock performance of Oregon's top five public companies
14 OHSU cuts deeply after cap decision
15 Graphic: Automobiles imported through Port of Portland
16 New projects could help boost Oakridge
17 White Stag renovation lifts Portland's Old Town
18 Newport looks to the cruise ship industry to help float its boat
19 More green kudos for Portland companies
20 Demand and the dollar help spike wheat prices
21 Groups tackle immigration
22 Governor fights federal control of LNG
23 Good snowfall blesses resorts
24 Housing hits wood jobs
25 Street tax goes to voters
26 Sinar Mas buys four mills from Pope & Talbot
27 Angel investors get the pitch
28 Make your gathering greener
29 New year, new tech gear
30 Graphic: The Best value employees’ time
31 The best is sometimes not the brightest
32 TOP 50 LARGE COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON 2008
33 TOP 50 SMALL COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON 2008
34 100 Best Alphabetical Index for 2008
35 100 BEST CATEGORY WINNERS 2008
36 100 Best Methodology, 2008
 

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The short list: 5 hot coffee shops for entrepreneurs

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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.


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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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Justice for All

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Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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The 100 Best Companies survey is open

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Friday, October 24, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1How does your workplace stack up against competitors? How can you improve workplace practices to help recruit and retain employees? Find out by taking our 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey!


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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