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Based on the kits’ success in big luxury and resort hotels — Wong said the business is profitable, though not “making millions.” Bunnyjuice in July 2013 began selling online and direct to consumers at a new e-commerce site, which has the kits as well as a “curated” assortment of, yes, sex toys.
If Guenther and Wong felt assured of strong demand for their female-focused offerings, entrepreneurs Jeneen Doumitt, 40, and her business partner, Evy Cowan, also 40, felt female customers, especially in Portland, would also want greener sex aids: rechargable toys as well as organic lubricants, more silicone and fewer phthalates. The She Bop boutique, which opened in Portland in 2009, is a success, Doumitt says, because it strives to be as green as possible, fitting into one of what she calls Portland’s “environmentally conscious ideals for business and standard of living.”
“Business is definitely better than Evy and I had projected in our three-year profit and loss, she says.
Wendy Strgar of Eugene-based Good Clean Love, a supplier to She Bop and manufacturer of organic massage oils and lubricants, has also been a proponent of “greening up” the sex-products industry for nearly a decade.
“Nearly everything on the adult-store and drugstore shelves has heavily-concentrated petrochemicals and methyl- and propylparaben associated with carcinogenic risk,” Strgar, 51, says. “That motivated me to make a safer product.”
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kim Moore | OB Editor
The 2015 survey launched this week. It is open to for-profit private and public companies that have at least 15 full- or part-time employees in Oregon.
Monday, August 25, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.
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 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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.
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