How to add merit selection in a family business | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.22.13 Thumbnail FamBizIf you have a family-owned business, younger family members can expect to start near the top. Here's how to create a new culture where merit selection is the new rule.


 
C-stores fill food desert niche | Print |  Email
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

10.17.13 Thumbnail FoodDesertOur October cover story documents fresh and local trends in the c-store industry. Convenience stores may also help solve the problem of food deserts.


 
SEI CEO Tony Hopson speaks at 100 Best Nonprofits event | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

10.17.13 Thumbnail KeynoteSelf Enhancement Inc. president and CEO Tony Hopson delivered a rousing keynote at the celebration of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon on October 2. If you missed his speech or want to see it again, check out the video courtesy of Self Enhancement Inc.

 
More on acing your personal improvement plan | Print |  Email
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Friday, October 11, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.11.13 Thumbnail TomCoxHere are some advanced tips on succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan.




 
Income inequality: is it good for everyone? | Print |  Email
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

10.10.13 Thumbnail IncomeWe live in a world of unprecedented prosperity and are much better off then our parents and grandparents were. Regardless of the progress, the recent recession and sluggish recovery has turned attention to the growing gap between rich and poor.

 
How to best include people in decisions | Print |  Email
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Friday, September 27, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

09.27.13 Thumb IncludeOthersToo often, a leader will make a decision and execute it, without properly informing others of our reasons. That might be okay for an emergency room, where seconds matter. In most workplaces, it’s not.

 
Nong's Khao Man Gai video update | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

09.24.13 Thumbnail LiveWorkPlayIn May we featured Nong Poonsukwattana, the 33-year-old owner of the famous Portland foodcart Nong's Khao Man Gai.  Oregon Business photo intern Adam Wickham recently produced a video featuring Nong's business as well as her compelling personal story. 

 
Giving rural Oregon a boost | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

09.19.13 Thumbnail RuralOregonThere are indeed real differences in both the challenges and opportunities faced by rural and urban regions of Oregon. Rural areas of the state have not seen the economic recovery that urban regions are experiencing. A critical function of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is to use the tools, resources and expertise available to us to facilitate job growth in both rural and urban Oregon.

 
Why I'm optimistic about the future | Print |  Email
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Friday, September 13, 2013
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.

 
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