How to write a perfect thank you note, again | Print |  Email
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Friday, May 24, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.24.13 Thumbnail ThankYouOne of my most popular articles is “Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note." If you already write thank-you notes regularly, it’s a great reminder of the basics. For the rest of us who don’t, it provides a simple checklist that lets us dramatically increase the likelihood we’ll offer thanks in writing — and in the process, we’ll discover we’re making huge investments in our relationships. Here’s a fresh take on the topic, with some guidance on avoiding common errors.

 
Green energy gives way to push button technology | Print |  Email
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail Update Urban Airship is moving into the Vestas building.

 

 

 
Economic development: an app for that | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.22.13 Thumbnail iPadSean Robbins, CEO of Greater Portland Inc., dropped by the OB offices yesterday to demonstrate a new economic development app aimed at marketing the Portland region. The app, which launches today, was developed by digital marketing agency Storycode.

 
Building community for minority professionals | Print |  Email
Opinion
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
BY MARI WATANABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

05.21.13 Thumbnail MinorityImagine being a person of color, raised in a diverse community and then moving to the Portland region only to find out that it is the whitest major city in the country, according to the U.S Census. Then imagine being the employer who recruits me, but then I leave because I cannot find my ethnic community.

 
SPJ names Oregon Business best publication | Print |  Email
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Monday, May 20, 2013
BY OB STAFF

05.20.13 Thumbnail SPJFor the third year in a row, Oregon Business magazine has been named the best publication in its category by the Society of Professional Journalists of Oregon and SW Washington.

 

 

 
Distillers seek to cash in on craft libations | Print |  Email
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
BY ERIC FLOWERS | OB CORRESPONDENT

05.16.13 Thumbnail WineIn 2009, Brad Irwin formally launched what is now Central Oregon’s second craft distillery, Oregon Spirit Distillers, in a small warehouse building just a block or two from the Parkway on Bend’s eastside. Today, he’s part of a growing class of craft distillers who are catering to the public’s appetite for artisan spirits.

 
Protecting our rivers | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
04.24.13 Thumbnail DredgeMining2BY SEN. ALAN BATES | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

The practice of suction dredge mining has been limited or stopped in Washington, California, Idaho and all federal lands. Yet, suction dredge mining is one of two placer gold mining activities still commonly found in Oregon, often in our state’s most remote and beautiful rivers, and the same watersheds that have historically supported strong salmon and trout fisheries.

 
Why the boss is always wrong | Print |  Email
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Friday, May 10, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.10.13 Thumbnail BossIsWrong“Are you ready to be a transference object?” Fred hesitated. The coffee shop seemed to become dead silent. One week earlier, Fred had been offered a dream job, as part time CEO of a startup, working for a proven star CEO — now Chairman — who had also offered to mentor Fred.

 
Outlook brighter for sales of Portland businesses | Print |  Email
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Thursday, May 09, 2013
05.09.13 Thumbnail BusinessSalesBY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

Much like residential real estate that finally seems to be regaining ground lost years ago during the recession, sales of businesses are also seeing modest improvement.

 

 
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