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Local, sustainable food can build a vital economy

08.30.12 Thumbnail LocalFoodThere is a revolution happening in which globalization is not the best solution, in which the focus is increasingly local and has the most hope for creating jobs, building community, and improving our health. That revolution is around food: what we grow, how we grow it, how we distribute it, how we consume it. The phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more appropriate than when we talk about food. By wine industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser.

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.

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.

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

New tech spurs growth of food processor

08.01.12 Thumbnail MeatProcessingAn embrace of a new food processing technology has led to quick growth and job creation for Pressure Safe, a spin-off company of Morasch Meats, a family-owned meat processing and packaging business based in Wood Village.