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|Articles - August 2010|
|Sunday, July 25, 2010|
There's a certain ennui that comes over me when summer hits. Just after the rush of the spring and before the crush of the fall, summer turns my head to thoughts of beaches, lazy reading and those things we can do to stay cool and hydrated. And now you know the rigorous editorial process that created this month’s story that’s illustrated on the cover by a fabulous shot taken at House Spirits in Portland.
Which is also a good way to introduce our new art director, Jon Taylor Carter, a man with a background in design and Broadway. And reality shows. There’s nothing JT can’t do. You might have noticed his work already. Since the June issue, he’s been morphing the design of Oregon Business into a more bold and dynamic direction. Not one to take the easy way out, he spent hours at several locations for our cover story by contributing writer Lucy Burningham, working with photographer Paula Watts to capture the personalities and product behind Portland’s craft distillers.
Yes, yes. A tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Like I said, JT is a clever man. And you might need one of those good, stiff craft-distilled drinks after reading our annual evaluation of Oregon’s public companies. Ten years ago there were 80 companies and this year there are only 51. Total revenue for the list this year was $43.2 billion, a drop of 14% compared to last year. The bad economy has taken a big bite out of the public sector just as it has private companies, which last month’s issue outlined in detail.
Outside the pages of the magazine, our website, OregonBusiness.com, also has been morphing. If you aren’t a regular reader, then you might want to check out two new features we recently launched to bring web readers more and faster news.
The Latest is a new blog that reports on timely business issues and trends, which have included employment credit checks, Timbers ticket sales, the drenched berry season, medical marijuana and more.
And in early July, Oregon Business became the nation’s first business publication and first magazine to use Nozzl Media’s real-time streaming technology to create Business News Now. Nozzl is a Portland startup helmed by former journalist Steve Woodward. The brainacs over there figured out how to harness the output of 350 content sources, such as news organizations, private and public companies, universities, the SEC and more, to create an exclusive and customized real-time news stream for us. There’s also a cool little filter that allows users to tailor what they see.
So kick back. Grab a drink. Head for the back yard with our magazine under your arm or our website on your laptop. Enjoy the latest.
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
A self-proclaimed “chile head,” John Ford “grows, eats and does everything spicy.”
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY SOPHIA BENNETT
The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue.
Friday, March 28, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Check out interviews with employees from some of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon winners and find out what makes their company a great place to work.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.
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