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Demand less, become more effective

08.24.12 Thumbnail DemandLessThe effective CEO recruits for strength where she herself is weak, in order to round out a diverse team. However it’s not enough to let leaders play to their natural strengths — each leader needs to encapsulate “just enough” of both capabilities.

Food carts switching to mobile payments

08.23.12 Thumbnail PaymentFoodcartEighteen months ago, 25% of food-cart owners in Portland used mobile payment options. That number is now more than half. “With the newer carts coming in, [owners] are younger, more tech savvy. It’s not an afterthought, it’s part of what they do,” says Brett Burmeister, managing editor of FoodCartsPortland.com.

A new school and new beginning in Vernonia

08.22.12 Thumbnail VernoniaFinally, the day had come to savor the victory. It had been five years of uncertainty, fighting, wrangling, and putting up with going to school in some pretty sorry conditions. But after five years of herculean efforts by the community, supporters, funders and others, Vernonia’s new K-12 school was christened.

CEOs: just start measuring

08.16.12 Thumbnail MeasureFor every leader who loves numbers, there is a skeptic. They both have points — without measures, we cannot tell how we are doing, yet many metrics seem arbitrary or measure the wrong thing.  Meanwhile, often the right goals seem immeasurable.

Vetting Merkley's mass refinancing plan

08.16.12 Thumbnail HomeSen. Jeff Merkley's Rebuilding American Homeownership plan would allow underwater homeowners who are current on their mortgage to refinance at lower rates. Local bankers, realtors and economists weigh in on the proposal.

Nonstop flights will boost business

08.15.12 Thumbnail AirplaneNew nonstop flights from Portland International Airport will mean increased access for Oregon businesses to key locations. Beyond the obvious boon to consumers, businesses and business travelers will reap a huge benefit from the new nonstops.

PDX overfed, other areas go hungry

08.09.12 Thumbnail FarmersMarketThe city’s proposed public market shows there’s no end to Portland’s love of food as urban development tool. Meanwhile, other neighborhoods are still waiting for a grocery store.

Tourism's ups and downs

08.08.12 Thumbnail TouristIt’s too early in the summer to be definitive about how Oregon’s peak tourism season will shape up, but early reports show Europe’s ongoing economic woes is meaning fewer visitors from the United Kingdom to Stumptown, but more tourism coming from Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The nearly $9 billion industry showed very little growth last year and fingers are crossed that this year will be better.

The power of branding

08.03.12 Thumbnail TeensSnappy marketing and logos help new business models appeal to the teen and young adult market