Blogs

4 strategies to keep from losing out to chains

BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER

11.07.13 Thumbnail SmallBusinessIt's worth looking at why some small businesses thrive while others fade away. People choose where they shop based on value, quality, variety, and the experience the business provides. Here are some strategies to think about if you're a small business - regardless of whether or not you're competing with a chain, and regardless of whether you offer a product or a service.

OregonBusiness.com ramps up

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

10.25.13 Thumbnail WebsiteWe unveil a new blog network, featuring original reporting and analysis by journalists and subject experts. Other mobile and digital initiatives are underway.

 

Meet Oregon’s ‘Gen E’

10.23.13 Thumbnail GenEBY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

Portland’s Kayin Talton Davis is one of the many faces of Oregon’s "Gen E." Generation Entrepreneur is comprised of innovators, inventors, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, multimedia content providers, branded bloggers and crafts makers who range in ages from seasoned Gen Xers to adolescent millennials.

How to add merit selection in a family business

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.22.13 Thumbnail FamBizIf you have a family-owned business, younger family members can expect to start near the top. Here's how to create a new culture where merit selection is the new rule.


C-stores fill food desert niche

BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

10.17.13 Thumbnail FoodDesertOur October cover story documents fresh and local trends in the c-store industry. Convenience stores may also help solve the problem of food deserts.


SEI CEO Tony Hopson speaks at 100 Best Nonprofits event

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

10.17.13 Thumbnail KeynoteSelf Enhancement Inc. president and CEO Tony Hopson delivered a rousing keynote at the celebration of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon on October 2. If you missed his speech or want to see it again, check out the video courtesy of Self Enhancement Inc.

More on acing your personal improvement plan

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.11.13 Thumbnail TomCoxHere are some advanced tips on succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan.




Income inequality: is it good for everyone?

BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

10.10.13 Thumbnail IncomeWe live in a world of unprecedented prosperity and are much better off then our parents and grandparents were. Regardless of the progress, the recent recession and sluggish recovery has turned attention to the growing gap between rich and poor.

How to best include people in decisions

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

09.27.13 Thumb IncludeOthersToo often, a leader will make a decision and execute it, without properly informing others of our reasons. That might be okay for an emergency room, where seconds matter. In most workplaces, it’s not.