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|Articles - March 2014|
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
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BY BRANDON SAWYER
A conversation about the event-planning industry with sales directors from McMenamins and the Portland Art Museum.
Oregon Business: What are your most popular venues for business events?
Susan Truax: Kennedy School is the most popular, and it has been since we opened the doors. It’s right there in Northeast, so it’s really easy to get to. It also was the first hotel we had where all of the guest rooms had private baths. Edgefield is also really popular, considering it’s close to the airport, its size. It has the largest number of production facilities: the winery, brewery and distillery; the gardens; two golf courses. And the Grand Lodge has been growing in popularity. We can attribute a lot of that growth to the business world out there. Intel continues to grow, and Nike helps us out a lot. The fourth one is the Old St. Francis School in Bend. It’s a great space for higher-level executive retreats. A lot of people want to go over there and get some work done, but then play on the golf courses or go up on the mountain. I’d say it’s a hidden jewel.
OB: Are a growing number of your business events from companies outside the Northwest?
ST: Our primary base is still people within the Northwest. We have had a couple of interesting events lately where there have been different mergers and acquisitions. They’ll bring the execs from those companies out here just to show them the ropes, and we’re a pretty popular venue to showcase the region. It’s really nice to have people come from the Midwest or wherever, and meeting people on a local level.
OB: Does private-event business seem to be growing in Oregon?
ST: I think things like Portlandia are helping put us on the map, so I do think it’s growing in Oregon in general. We definitely experienced a drop in private events during the recession. Every year it gets a little bit stronger. I think 2014 … will bring us back to pre-recession times.
OB: Do you have a strategy for hosting more business events?
ST: We’re always looking at adding more properties. We have two projects that we don’t have on a timeline now, but they’re both up in Washington. There’s the Elks Lodge in Tacoma and the Anderson School in Bothell. We’re always looking at adding different amenities. We revamped our catering menus to have healthier options. We’ve been … looking at adding more wellness options to the meeting packages. Two of the properties have spas onsite so we can already offer things like chair massage. But moving forward, we’re trying to [offer] activities like yoga, or tai chi, or group meditation and mindfulness, or educational activities centered around nutrition, so people feel like they’ve been taken care of as an individual while they’re at their work retreat or meeting.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
The past month has been marked by upheaval in the health insurance markets. I also check in on clients of the Export-Import bank, a federal credit agency that subsidizes, and insures, foreign exports.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Gov. Kate Brown delivered the keynote speech at the Associated Oregon Industries annual policy forum yesterday. Speaking to a Republican-aligned audience of about 100 business and public policy leaders, the governor was out of her comfort zone.
Friday, October 30, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Worldwide Leader in Sports struggles to cope with new media landscape, forcing us to adjust our behavior as consumers.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Vigor’s values don’t stop at truth. Walk into a company office, conference room or on any shipyard site and you’ll most likely see a poster inscribed with the words “Truth. Responsibility. Evolution. Love.” Otherwise known as TREL, Vigor’s culture code and the prominence it is accorded can be a bit surprising to the unsuspecting shipyard visitor.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | CFA
Volatility reigned supreme over the summer. The old Wall Street adage of, “Sell in May and go away,” was prophetic in 2015.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
The media coverage about Pope Francis must have put me in a Biblical frame of mind. Because after touring the latest phase of the South Waterfront development, a mind boggling 1.5 million square feet of office and retail space that will spring up north of the aerial tram over the next few years, I couldn’t stop thinking about the massive project as a modern day creation story.
Friday, November 20, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
|The Love Boat|
|The Food Pod Grows Up|
|Tinker, Tailor, Portland Maker|
|The High Road|
|The Shift to Community Health Care|
|The Harder They Fall|
|Another chapter to the Bezos/Musk space race story|
|Thanksgiving travel: Fuel costs low, terrorism anxiety high|
|Costco chicken salad linked to E. coli case in Washington|
|Nestle comes clean about benefitting from slave labor|
|Enormous drugmaker emerges from Pfizer, Allergan deal|
|Startups joining lobbying game|
|Merchants complain as Square goes public|
Economic diversity has proven a smart strategy for the Port of Hood River. How can other Oregon communities replicate the model?
Phone, Internet needs of small community school districts earn attention of top-five telecom provider.
Farmland LP grows its vision for organic farming in Oregon.
The Salem Convention Center has capped its tenth anniversary year by earning the prestigious “Best of the Best 2015” award from NW Meetings & Events magazine. Selected as the Best Convention/Conference Venue in Oregon by meeting and event planners from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the Salem Convention Center ranked above the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Art Museum.
The Oregon Cooperative Hall of Fame honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to the successful building and operation of Oregon agricultural cooperatives.
Health insurer reports $10.2 million in net income after taxes through the first nine months of 2015.