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Ruby Receptionists; 10 years of 'personal connection'

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

08.08.13 Thumbnail RubyRuby Receptionists, a Portland company famous for its employee parties, is celebrating 10 years in business with an anniversary party this weekend that founder and CEO, Jill Nelson says, "is going to put all other parties to shame."

Catering to bicyclists benefits Portland businesses

BY WILL VANLUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

08.07.13 Thumbnail WillVanlueA majority of families new to the Portland-Metro area since 2005 are light on car ownership, with more working-age adults than cars at home. That’s very good news for local businesses, especially if they make it easy for people to visit their establishment without a car.

July news updates

BY EMMA HALL | OREGON BUSINESS WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateFrom departed politicians to controversial wolves, it's time to update some recent Oregon Business stories.



Oregon Business lands gold ASBPE award

Thumbnail TheLatestOregon Business won a gold award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) western region competition.


 

How to get more from a staff member

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

07.26.13 Thumbnail StaffWhether you’re a CEO or a front line manager, you should always be trying to get more out of the people who report to you. No, not burn anyone out — you should be seeking to grow capabilities.

Four tips to optimize profits

07.25.13 Thumbnail AndrewBielatBY ANDREW BIELAT | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

Four key strategies define the successful quest for profitability: getting an early start, measuring with the right tools, being inclusive and leading with your best offense.

Oregon needs a raise

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

07.19.13 Thumbnail LowIncomeOregon's per capita personal income has been slipping further behind levels in Washington and California as well as the nation as a whole since the late '90s. The recession of the early 2000s seems to have dealt a heavier blow here than other states and income wasn't as quick to bounce back.

Oregon food processing reaps rewards

BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.18.13 Thumbnail FoodOregon has been recognized as an ideal location for manufacturers of all kinds, and recently we’ve seen particular success with companies involved in food processing.


Are home prices headed for a cliff again?

BY EVAN SWANSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.17.13 Thumbnail OpEdThe current frenzied pace in the housing market, coupled with the painful memories of the crash from only a few years ago, can leave one wondering if home values are headed for the cliff once again. I do not believe this to be the case.