Must Reads

Breaking the limits

Some companies offer employees opportunities to take prolonged time out of the office through an unlimited paid time off policy. They say it can reduce costs by improving employee retention and creates a professional workplace culture of highly motivated employees. On the flipside, they point to potential downsides for business, and admit that unlimited isn’t always as unlimited as it suggests.

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Love is all around: A conversation with Wendy Strgar, founder of Good Clean Love

It’s been five years since Wendy Strgar and her Eugene-based sexual health startup Good Clean Love won the Tom Hulce award at the annual Oregon Entrepreneurship Network awards ceremony. (Since then, she has set up an incubator for women owned business, secured a publisher for her second book — “Sex That Works: A Woman’s Guide to Embracing the Erotic, Awakening Arousal, and Deepening Intimacy — and become a spokesperson for sustainable sexual health.)

Good Clean Love products are now available in more than 10,000 stores, from Kroger and Target, to Safeway, CVS and Whole Foods. Oregon Business spoke with Strgar about sex as a growth driver, relationship-based marketing and GCL’s new cannabis lubricant.

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Arts Dilemma: Tapping into new wealth

How can performing arts organizations capitalize on Portland’s new gilded age? A group of arts leaders talked about how to cultivate a new generation of tech donors during an Oregon Business panel discussion held at the Portland Armory this morning. 

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Consolidated Health

Health care consolidation is everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Legacy Health has formed an affiliation with Silverton Health System, former Southwest Washington Medical Center became part of the PeaceHealth organization and Providence Health & Services and OHSU have expanded their market footprints via acquisition, merger and partnerships. OB is working on a story about health care consolidation; in the meantime, we asked readers to weigh in on the issue.  Reader sentiment is leaning negative; post consolidation, costs will go up, and quality will go down.

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A healthier alternative

Research editor Kim Moore has been tracking developments related to the toxic air pollutant controversy in Portland. You can read her previous stories here and here.  Below she unspools the regulatory morass connected to toxics policy.

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