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Industries ready for river shutdown

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Articles - October 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1010_ATS06Three navigation locks along the Columbia and Snake rivers will close in December for the longest period ever, prompting the grain industry to adapt and the barge lines to plan layoffs.

 

Single-serve wine catches on

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Articles - October 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1010_ATS05James Martin has his hands full these days. On the heels of an ambitious redevelopment of a downtown historic flour mill into a new wine-tasting room and cultural center, the 46-year-old entrepreneur from The Dalles is pushing a first-of-its-kind new product into the California market, hoping to pioneer the largely untapped “ready-to-drink” market for wine.

 

West Coast Shoe releases sexy new boots

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Articles - October 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1010_ATS04Roberta Shoemaker runs a family-owned company that has produced rugged men’s work boots for 92 years. But as the first woman to run West Coast Shoe Co., she has itched to produce a feminine boot line.

 

Short summer douses wildfire industry

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Articles - October 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oregon wildfireThe shortest summer in recent memory has left once-mighty private wildfire fighting companies struggling to survive amid massive layoffs.

 

Entrepreneurs take a flying leap

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Articles - October 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1010_ATS01Craigslist forever changed the world of classified advertising, but anyone who uses the site is aware of its shortcomings. “Buried in the 500 replies you get from India and everywhere else maybe you get 10 people who follow directions and are local,” says Ethan Smith-Gillespie, co-founder of The Program, a Portland design firm. So he and Program co-founder Coe Lottis decided to do something about it.

 

ISITE boosts its digital strategy business

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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It was a classic dotcom deal. ISITE Design co-founders Paul Williams and Jeff Cram were on the 70th floor of the Trump Building on Wall Street in 2000, entertaining a tempting offer from an investment firm pushing a reverse merger with a publicly traded company. Everything was first class, including the meal cooked by the chef flown in from Italy to celebrate the birthday of one of the firm’s partners.

 

Reader Input: Business support increases for nonprofits

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Car ignition recalls and lean product design

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04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


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Downtime with Ron Green

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Ron Green became president and CEO of Oregon Pacific Bank in August 2013.


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Tech makes the world go round

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03.20.14 thumb internetBY 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.


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From the Editor: The human factor

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In this issue, we celebrate our 21st annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project.


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Spreading the wealth

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HiResBY PAIGE PARKER

A money management firm broadens its reach. 


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How to help your staff solve their own problems

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Friday, March 21, 2014
03.21.14 thumb coxcoffeeTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.


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What I'm reading: Brad Smith & Travis Boersma

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Brad Smith, founder of Hot Pepper Studios, and Travis Boersma, president of Dutch Bros. Coffee, share their recent reads.


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