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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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Out-of-state tuition dollars are saving the Oregon University System from financial strains as money for higher education continues to dry up. More and more Californians are pouring into Oregon schools, and university officials are happy to take their money.

 
Change brightens lighting opportunities | Print |  Email
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Monday, October 04, 2010

imo-blogIn September, General Electric, with its ties to American inventor and light bulb luminary Thomas Edison, closed its last major incandescent light factory, laying off more than 200 workers.  This seismic shift, mandated by energy efficiency standards, has created headaches for some companies and opportunities for others.

 
On The Scene: The 100 Best Nonprofits | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

sceneblogbwToday, our On The Scene blog goes behind the scenes at the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon event. Over 500 guests attended the awards dinner and celebration at the Portland Downtown Hilton last night, to celebrate excellence in the workplace and dedication to a worthwhile mission.

 
Lululemon's ground-level business strategy | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

thelatestAthletic apparel company Lululemon’s marketing strategy includes cupcakes, camp outs, dances and running clubs. It does not include broadcast or print advertising, or any other traditional marketing approaches. The company relies solely on social events, word of mouth and social media to get customers to its stores. Last week it took the unusual step of organizing an overnight camp-out in upscale Bridgeport Village.

 
Where will health reform take us? | Print |  Email
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Monday, September 27, 2010

imo-blogEconomist Mark Thoma, professor of economics at the University of Oregon, muses on the affects of health care changes, including mandated coverage.

 
On The Scene: The 2010 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
sceneblogbwOver 730 supporters of entrepreneurship in Oregon gathered at the Hilton in downtown Portland last night to celebrate 14 local businesses that are making the most of a challenging situation by raising money, making strategic acquisitions and creating jobs.
 
Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
thelatestThe recently completed Tillamook North Jetty project was awarded to an out-of-state company over local bidders, raising questions about the future use of federal stimulus funds awarded to Oregon projects.
 
On The Scene: The Old Spice Guy | Print |  Email
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Monday, September 20, 2010

sceneblogbwHello ladies. With that far-from-subtle opening line, Isaiah Mustafa slid straight from a boat onto a horse and right into the hearts of "ladies" everywhere.  His charming performance for Old Spice appeared during the Super Bowl, and immediately became a hit. So just how did Wieden + Kennedy create the wildly popular campaign?

 
The recession was over, last June | Print |  Email
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Monday, September 20, 2010

imo-blogThat nasty old recession is finally over. Turned out it was over in June 2009. But now we know it officially. Economist Bill Conerly looks at the indicators.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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A Complex Portrait: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE & KIM MOORE

Oregon Business reports on the visa squeeze, the skills gap and foreign-born residents who are revitalizing rural Oregon.


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Kill the Meeting

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Meetings get a bad rap. A few local companies make them count.


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Streetfight

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Sunday, December 07, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
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Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


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