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Thursday, November 07, 2013
BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER

11.07.13 Thumbnail SmallBusinessIt's worth looking at why some small businesses thrive while others fade away. People choose where they shop based on value, quality, variety, and the experience the business provides. Here are some strategies to think about if you're a small business - regardless of whether or not you're competing with a chain, and regardless of whether you offer a product or a service.

 
OregonBusiness.com ramps up | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, October 24, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

10.25.13 Thumbnail WebsiteWe unveil a new blog network, featuring original reporting and analysis by journalists and subject experts. Other mobile and digital initiatives are underway.

 

 
Meet Oregon’s ‘Gen E’ | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
10.23.13 Thumbnail GenEBY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

Portland’s Kayin Talton Davis is one of the many faces of Oregon’s "Gen E." Generation Entrepreneur is comprised of innovators, inventors, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, multimedia content providers, branded bloggers and crafts makers who range in ages from seasoned Gen Xers to adolescent millennials.

 
How to add merit selection in a family business | Print |  Email
Business tips
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
Business tips
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.

 
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070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

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When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”


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Why I became an Oregon angel investor

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I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


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Blips and trends in the housing market

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062614 thumb realestateBY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER

Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?


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Attack of the Robin Sages

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070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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