July 2010

The 2010 Top 150 Private Companies in Oregon

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_150List02Given the beating that sales suffered at most U.S. companies during 2009, it’s no surprise our annual ranking of the state’s top private companies showed strains. Revenue fell an average of 5% but many companies reported dips exceeding 30%. This was a year when companies with 20% revenue declines could still find themselves rise in the rankings.

 

Once-golden destination resorts face uncertain future

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Articles - July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_Resorts01The door has closed — if not forever than at least for a good while — on the large resorts with hotels, golf courses and homes that dot the state and blanket Central Oregon. It’s a once-coveted business that’s in trouble with regulators, residents, environmentalists and the development industry. It’s a business under fire and in flux, and one with an uncertain future.

 

Romanian immigrants dominate adult foster care niche

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Articles - July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_Romanian01Some 85% of the 900 adult foster homes in metropolitan Portland are owned by first- and second-generation Romanians. “They dominate the industry here,” says Grover Simmons, a lobbyist for the Independent Adult Foster Home Association of Oregon.

 

Google AdWords searches for new business

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Articles - July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_ATS11Portland Google executive Alan M. Moss, director of online sales for the Americas, stopped by Southeast Portland in late May as part of an effort by Google to publicize its massive economic impact. After the event Moss sat down with managing editor Ben Jacklet.

 

Bypass reroute helps clean up downtown

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Articles - July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_ATS10Redmond’s Highway 97 bypass has revitalized downtown by diverting vehicle traffic around the city, and bring more foot traffic downtown.

 

Staycations boost business at family entertainment centers

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Articles - July 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010

0710_ATS09Family entertainment centers around the state are booming as families continue to staycate this summer.

 

Low income housing goes sustainable

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Articles - July 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010

0710_ATS08The downturn has stalled many housing sectors, but one area that’s thriving thanks to local and federal funding is sustainable low-income housing projects.

 
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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:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

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!

— Linda


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