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|Sunday, March 01, 2009|
MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON
INTO THE FOLD
BY ABRAHAM HYATT
It was 2002 and for a handful of business management and IT consultants in Portland, it was the worst possible nightmare. The company they worked for, Arthur Andersen, one of the storied “Big Five” accounting firms, was imploding. Day after day brought humiliating headlines and a growing realization that the stability they’d assumed came with working at an industry leader had vaporized.
Their savior came in the form of Hitachi Consulting, an offshoot of the multi-billion dollar Japanese tech giant. Hitachi does strategy, best practices and business intelligence consulting for IT companies, as well as sales, marketing and supply chain transformation consulting for all types of businesses. The firm approached Andersen’s West Coast employees with open arms, bringing them and their clients into what was then a relatively small company. Less than six years later, the Portland branch of Hitachi finds itself in the most enviable of positions: the No. 1 Large Company on the 100 Best list.
On a sunny Friday morning recently, a few of the firm’s younger consultants were meeting with Kiddazzle, a local nonprofit that Hitachi does pro bono work for. Kiddazzle helps uninsured kids find volunteer dentists. The consultants walked the nonprofit’s staff through the basic components of what will eventually be a marketing plan. Damian Smith, a VP at Hitachi and head of the Portland office, sat quietly on one side of the conference table, occasionally adding an observation to the conversation.
Friday, April 04, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?
Thursday, March 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
SEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO). Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
A self-proclaimed “chile head,” John Ford “grows, eats and does everything spicy.”
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