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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.  

5 steps toward perfect project management - the TWIST memo

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.09.13 Thumbnail EmailIn 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.

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.