BY JAN MEEKCOMS | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Earlier this month, President Obama took the unusual step of involving himself in an administrative matter that would have been otherwise handled by people many levels below the Oval Office. He personally approved a “solution” to a “problem” affecting health insurance benefits for members of Congress and their staffs.
BY KEVIN SHETTERLY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Today, a funding plan for the proposed Convention Center hotel goes before the Metro council. Although $197.5 million seems expensive for a 600-room hotel, projections indicate the hotel would benefit Portland’s economy and workforce.
BY BRITTANY SMITH | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR
When using social media, the best way to get a return on investment for your efforts is to focus on engagement. Don’t simply post information and messages about your organization, be sure to post content, resources, and information that your target audience will find useful and interesting.
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR
In a recent analysis of causes of how projects lose money, a few key drivers emerged as causing 80% of losses — the most common being client communications failures. A TWIST Memo is a standard email you send to your client at least once a week in which you communicate with extreme clarity. This clarity leaves neither party any room to hide. It drives projects forward.
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Ruby 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."
BY WILL VANLUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
A 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.