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|Articles - February 2011|
|Thursday, January 27, 2011|
As I look at the sum of all the parts of this issue, I’m more than a little surprised at how the unintentional theme is success. Big and small, urban and rural. We didn’t plan it that way, but there it is.
Rural success is harder to come by than almost any other. But there’s a mill returning to life in Rogue River and a pellet plant in John Day beginning operations with both bringing dozen of jobs to areas with few prospects and high unemployment. Then there’s the hard fought and enduring success of Painted Hill Natural Beef. The classic Oregon story of an independent rancher going his own way defines how Merhten Homer created a path for cattle ranchers near Fossil to take charge of their own destiny.
On the other side of the state and on a much larger scale, Knowledge Universe, which has its U.S. headquarters in Portland, is a steadily growing force in the child care delivery space and is the largest private provider of childhood education services in the country. With about 1,400 employees in Portland and in 29 centers around the state, it is also one of the city’s largest employers and has ambitious plans to grow. The global giant might be one of the state’s best-kept business success secrets. Until now.
And in my favorite category, entrepreneurs, we’re busting at the seams. My favorite has to be Mike Slinkard, the man who invented the Human Energy Concealment System, which is a hunting suit that blocks the electromagnetic field emitted by the human body so that animals can’t detect them. The music scene seems to be particularly fertile for entrepreneurs. Taggr is a Portland-based start-up putting QR barcodes on music posters while Mike Thrasher has turned his concert promotions company into one of the biggest in the Northwest with his stealthy grassroots marketing.
Which brings us to the cover story on the Oregon Angel Fund. It has invested almost $8 million in 16 companies. The group is so successful at what it does, not one of those companies has failed. On the contrary, they have created 443 jobs and earned collectively almost $60 million in annual revenues. Six years old and already king of the playground.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.
Friday, March 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Ten startups have secured venture capital, angel or seed funding in 2015.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Leaders in Oregon's ag sector gathered this morning in Portland’s Coopers Hall winery/taproom to discuss the role of the region as an export gateway, impediments to exporting products and solutions to containerized shipping challenges.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A partnership of a grassroots environmental organization and a youth group is striving to build community and business support for carbon price legislation.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Yeah, we know: Oregonians are way too cool for umbrellas. But today’s stylish, high-tech models will soften the resistance of the most rain hardened.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Marijuana is big business in Oregon, and it’s about to get bigger.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
BY GARY CONKLING | GUEST BLOGGER
Avoiding a crisis is a great way to burnish your reputation, increase brand loyalty and become a market leader.
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A new report highlights how Oregon bankers are giving back to their communities.
Since 1932 Tidewater Transportation & Terminals (operating as Tidewater Barge Lines and Tidewater Terminal Company) has operated a multicommodity transportation and terminal company based in Vancouver, Washington. The friendly expression on the company’s shipping containers reflects the attitude of about 330 safety and community-conscious employees but belies how complicated the barge business really is.
The Port of The Dalles has run marine facilities since the 1930s, but they are part of a larger mission to strengthen the local economy. They focus on regional economic development with a strong bent toward adding good-paying jobs in high tech, manufacturing and other industries.
Providing attendees with unique taste of the Northwest Reception.
CFM Strategic Communications turns 25 this year and is celebrating with a revamped website, special events for firm alumni and clients, a special-label wine and a list of 25 stories about its client work over the past quarter century.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.