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|Friday, August 21, 2009|
When the judges from the American Society of Business Publication Editors named us one of the top three small business publications in the country last month, they said in their comments that Oregon Business was “everything a regional publication should be,” and singled out our “interesting story selections.”
All I can say is, thank you, Oregon. You share in this award because it’s easy to have an interesting magazine when you cover a state like this one.
A prime case in point: this entire issue, starting with the cover story on the innovations at Intel by managing editor Ben Jacklet (page 30). What’s going on with the state’s largest employer (15,300 jobs and counting) is always of interest, but it’s so much more than a giant workforce. It’s recruiting brains from around the globe to help it confront its considerable competition, and investing in Oregon along the way. Intel doesn’t often open its doors to reporters, and our chance to look inside the tech behemoth and bring you that story makes compelling reading.
But you don’t have to be giant to be interesting. Writer Adrianne Jeffries’ profile of T-shirt maker Wicked Quick (page 20) proves that small and quirky can catch fire if you’ve got the right idea. This startup sells cool and has become an investor darling turning away money.
Money is always interesting, and our ranking on page 38 of the top pay of CEOs of public companies is an annual highlight. Research editor Brandon Sawyer spends many hours crunching the public documents, and this year added a new category in the spreadsheet: the stock price. It’s an interesting comparison, to say the least.
Independence is always interesting, and Portland’s music scene is defined by it. How is the PDX music scene redefining the industry? Read our report on page 24.
On the web side, we’re spicing things up with a new weekly blog called On the Scene. Web editor Kevin Manahan is traveling around Portland, reporting on various gatherings and events, sending postcards from the edge of business.
Looking ahead, we’ve calculated the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon and will announce them Sept. 29 at the Portland Art Museum and in the October issue. This project showcases the importance of the nonprofit sector. Go to Oregon100Best.com to register. Come help us honor the amazing work that nonprofits do in Oregon.
It’s great to win awards, but it’s even better to serve our readers and to contribute to the community. Thanks again, Oregon. We couldn’t do it without you.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.
Friday, November 14, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.
Monday, November 10, 2014
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
BY MEGHAN NOLT
VIDEO: Under the radar — complete with a soda counter, the traditional Paulsen's Pharmacy looks to compete with big box retailers.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace.
Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.
This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay.
Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.
New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”
That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!
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