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|Friday, March 02, 2012|
Our venerable 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project turned 19 this year. Over the six years that I’ve been the editor of Oregon Business, I have been constantly heartened and amazed at the dedication to the project by Oregon companies, large and small:
But it isn’t just about numbers. This project is about gaining insight into what is important to employees. In this year’s surveys we found that:
After 19 years, it was also time to recognize those companies who have been on the 100 Best list 10 or more times. This year’s inaugural Hall of Fame 100 Best Companies were: Employment Trends, 15 years; Pacific Continental Bank, 13 years; Vernier Software & Technology, 13 years; Umpqua Bank, 13 years; Cascade Employers Association, 12 years; Tec Laboratories, 12 years; David Evans and Associates, 11 years; The Randall Group, 11 years; Pacific Benefit Consultants, 11 years; and Walsh Construction, 10 years.
That’s 121 collective years of commitment by these companies to creating a workplace that treats its employees in the very best possible ways year over year. And there are a dozen more right behind them that have been a 100 Best Company eight or nine times.
If your company doesn’t yet participate, I hope you decide to take the plunge. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the 100 Best project. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate it together?
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Most of the food Americans consume is trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Eric Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Gro-volution, wants to change that. So this past spring, the Air Force veteran and former greenhouse manager started work on an alternative farming system he claims is more efficient than conventional agriculture, and also shortens the distance between the consumer and the farm.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Big One serves as an allegory for Portland, a city that earns plaudits for lifestyle and amenities but whose infrastructure is, literally, crumbling.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER
Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.
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Pushing the extreme.
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