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Hostile culture will kill "lean" efforts

imo-blogThe great business breakthrough of the 20th century may be Lean (and Six Sigma) — techniques that cut waste and can dramatically boost productivity. Yet many firms can’t make Lean work for them.

On the Scene at the Oregon CEO Summit

sceneblogbwAbout 160 business leaders and Oregon State University students and faculty members gathered in Portland to hear about the role of innovation in business from prominent CEOs representing the core industries of Oregon.

New med school brings jobs

thelatestThe city of Lebanon will be the home of Oregon’s new medical school when the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (Comp-Northwest) opens its doors to its 105 freshmen July 30. It will also bring dozens of jobs to a city that needs them.

On the Scene: SEO keyword seminar

sceneblogbwZeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of The Outsourcing Company, an Internet marketing agency in Portland. He recently gave a free SEO seminar at Portland Community College. Everyone from writers and bloggers to CEOS gathered to learn how to bring more customers to their websites.

Methane digester projects progress

thelatestNine electricity-producing methane digesters are under development throughout the state despite initial financing hurdles. “These [methane digester] projects are about changing the way we manage waste streams,” says Energy Trust of Oregon biomass program manager Thad Rot.

Entrepreneurs bloom in the Gorge

ben-blogYesterday’s Gorge Angel Conference 2011 event produced plenty of ideas: a new winch for securing loads on flatbed trucks, a simple cloth wrap to keep babies warm and safe in the neonatal intensive care unit, an electronic product registration system to do away with the annoying rebate’s-in-the-mail ritual and more. Now they need cash.

Putting Craigslist on top of Twitter

thelatestThe Good, a 2-year-old creative agency located in NW Portland, recently released two services that could have implications for how marketers and promoters use Twitter.

7 rules of extreme time management

imo-blogIn today’s business world, the old time management techniques are no longer enough. With the increasing pace of change, the pressures of downsizing and the growing expectation of instant communication and fast responsiveness, the tools and practices you used to manage your time are outdated.

The recession is finally over in Oregon

ben-blogIntel is building a $2.5 billion factory in Hillsboro. Facebook is pouring millions into Prineville and Google is investing $100 million in Eastern Oregon wind power. Crop and beef prices are up - as are crab and salmon prices. Bank of the Cascades, MBank and others have avoided the wrath of the FDIC. Trucking is up 26 percent year over year, online job ads are up 23 percent, and business and personal bankruptcies are down 3.4 and 8 percent respectively. To me, this adds up to a preponderance of evidence.