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|Friday, April 16, 2010|
It isn't often that we report from abroad. (OK, never.) As our name surely suggests, we keep our feet firmly in Oregon. But earlier this year our intrepid associate writer Adrianne Jeffries struck out on her own for five weeks to travel to Shanghai, Taipei and Beijing.
Jeffries studied in Singapore for a term while at William & Mary College and fell in love with Asia. She was drawn to China by its vastness, its contradictions and its rapid emergence on the world stage. Like all good journalists, she wanted to see the story for herself.
Along with amazing tales about the food and culture, she also brought back one of my favorite stories in this issue. It’s about a Portland couple who left the green beauty of Oregon to set up shop in the smoggy hardscape of Shanghai. Jeffries interviewed Jeff Delkin and Rachel Speth after a former Nike employee in Shanghai introduced them. Delkin and Speth are just two of many Oregon businesspeople with a China connection.
I envy their ongoing adventure and Jeffries’ exploration of such a complex and fascinating place. Being a roving reporter has it all over the chair-bound editor any day.
No less adventuresome in their own way are the marijuana entrepreneurs profiled in our cover story. In his report, managing editor Ben Jacklet finds Southern Oregon a hothouse that’s incubating more than medical marijuana. It’s creating its own cluster of businesses that are thriving in a down economy.
Another take on altered reality can be found in our story on the growing number of 3-D technology companies. Surely everyone had a View-Master as a toy. Only now I find out that they weren’t made for those great slides of national parks that I was addicted to as a kid, but to show scientific slides. Oregon has a storied history around 3-D, and now a shot at a strong future.
The future for Hollywood Video is not so certain. Contributing writer Jon Bell gets the story behind the story of the bankrupt Movie Gallery, which owns Hollywood Video. Neither company would talk to us, but what the analysts have to say isn’t kind or encouraging. The Wilsonville company has been beset by years of bad management, bad economy and bad decisions, and no one is betting on the company’s survival. That’s not good news for the thousands of employees hanging in the balance.
But despite Hollywood’s travails, the economic indicators are getting better. While no one in the state thinks we are done with this downturn yet, I see signs of hiring and I hear a bit more optimism. If this keeps up, I might have to reconsider that foreign bureau.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.
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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
A Power Lunch at Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Restaurant.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
How do you put a baby on the cover of a business magazine without it looking too cutesy?
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Revenues in Oregon's private, for profit sector maintained solid growth as the economy continued to rebound.
Monday, August 03, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
You may have noticed the photos of our rural health innovators departed from the typical Oregon Business aesthetic.
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Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.