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|Articles - October 2011|
|Thursday, September 22, 2011|
October is my favorite month, bringing cooler weather, pumpkins and the announcement of our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. It’s our third annual ranking and this year nearly 5,500 employees from 170 nonprofits and not-for-profits participated in the anonymous survey about their workplaces.
These organizations make up an important economic sector that employs hundreds of thousand of workers. More and more, nonprofits see the wisdom in good business practices, along with their good works, and how you treat your workforce is a key part of that. Despite the sometimes lower pay or reduced benefits, nonprofit employees find great satisfaction in their work when they operate in an environment of trust, respect, teamwork and opportunity. In that they are like practically every employee in any sector of the workforce.
This issue also contains several other features relating to the intersection between good works and good business. In senior writer Linda Baker’s story, she explores the growing trend of the “Benefit Corporation,” or B Corp, a new class of corporation that “is tweaking the legal structures that define the modern-day corporation.” And for the third year in a row we’ve charted business involvement and support for nonprofits in our Input survey. This year’s survey of 620 Oregon business leaders shows support holding steady for nonprofits, with more companies encouraging workers to serve on nonprofit boards and earmarking a portion of their profits for charity.
I spent a large part of the summer reporting this issue’s cover story on Vernonia and found there other collaborations that blurred boundaries. Private citizens, business, philanthropy and government have come together to build a new school and hopefully a new future for the flood-ravaged town, where four years ago a crossroads became a turning point.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Are mornings the most productive part of the day? We ask five successful executives how they get off to a good start.
Friday, March 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Ten startups have secured venture capital, angel or seed funding in 2015.
Friday, April 17, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
The 32nd annual CBC attracted a record number of attendees (11,000) to the Oregon Convention Center.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS, CFA | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Pets.com, GeoCities, eToys, and WorldCom … blasts-from-the-past that all signify the late 1990s Internet bubble. Yet we believe the dynamics of the market, specifically in technology stocks, are much different today than it was during the late 1990s.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Don’t just sit there. For a healthy workplace, move up and down — and all around.
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Since 1932 Tidewater Transportation & Terminals (operating as Tidewater Barge Lines and Tidewater Terminal Company) has operated a multicommodity transportation and terminal company based in Vancouver, Washington. The friendly expression on the company’s shipping containers reflects the attitude of about 330 safety and community-conscious employees but belies how complicated the barge business really is.
The Port of The Dalles has run marine facilities since the 1930s, but they are part of a larger mission to strengthen the local economy. They focus on regional economic development with a strong bent toward adding good-paying jobs in high tech, manufacturing and other industries.
Providing attendees with unique taste of the Northwest Reception.
CFM Strategic Communications turns 25 this year and is celebrating with a revamped website, special events for firm alumni and clients, a special-label wine and a list of 25 stories about its client work over the past quarter century.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.