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Why I'm optimistic about the future

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

09.13.13 Thumbnail CleantechThe past hour has left me feeling enormously more optimistic about the future of the human race — and about the future of the economy of my beloved home state of Oregon. As I type this, to one side of me are six special booths at the Oregon BEST Fest. BEST Fest is a celebration of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technology. These six booths are staffed entirely by students from Portland State University.

'Inclusive innovation' takes root in Silicon Forest

BY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

09.12.13 Thumbnail MinorityTechDeveloping racially diverse economic frameworks is a fundamentally sound response to rapidly shifting demographics across the nation. Here's how the Silicon Forest region is developing a working model of "inclusive innovation" and entrepreneurial competitiveness for other states to emulate.

Portland shows love for sex toys

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

09.11.13 Thumbnail PleasureCartHot on the heels of our September cover story spotlighting Oregon's thriving legal sex businesses, Trojan, the 90+ year-old condom brand, hosted an event in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square yesterday to give away thousands of its relatively new line of vibrators.

Oregon Business wins general excellence award

BY OB STAFF

Thumbnail TheLatestOregon Business magazine has been named one of the top 10 small business publications in the country by the national American Society of Business Publication Editors.

 

 

How to learn to see the big picture

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

01.18.13 Thumbnail JobSkillsI was recently asked: How does one develop an ability to “see the big-picture?" The feedback from my performance review is that while I am competent, I ‘miss the forest for the trees’. Working on this is crucial for me to get into executive ranks. 

Obamacare is for business, not for Congress

BY JAN MEEKCOMS | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

08.29.13 Thumbnail USHealthEarlier 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.

How to use your new virtual assistant

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.23.13 Thumbnail VirtualAssistantWhen hiring a virtual assistant, you can't be vague. Here are tips on how to communicate effectively with your virtual assistant.



Convention Center hotel boon to local business

08.15.13 Thumbnail ShetterlyBY 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.

Social media tips and best practices

BY BRITTANY SMITH | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.14.13 Thumbnail BrittanySmithWhen 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.