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Friday, September 06, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
Opinion
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, August 23, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, August 09, 2013
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' | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 08, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
Opinion
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 01, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OREGON BUSINESS WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateFrom departed politicians to controversial wolves, it's time to update some recent Oregon Business stories.



 
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The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


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The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


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Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.


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BY BRANDON SAWYER

Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Why I became an educator

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How can we strengthen the performance of institutions charged with teaching what Francis Fukuyama calls the social virtues (reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust) necessary for successful markets and democracy itself?


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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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Kelly Dachtler, president of The Clymb, redefines outdoor retail.


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