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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
BY  JIM CARTER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.04.13 Thumbnail WestHaydenIslandOver the years, smart investments made in regional infrastructure — rivers, rails, runways and roads — have provided Oregon businesses with efficient and cost effective access to foreign markets. This fall the Portland City Council will make a decision that has statewide, if not national, implications for Oregon’s continued trade strength — the annexation of West Hayden Island.

 
County budget woes threaten Oregon agriculture | Print |  Email
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Friday, May 31, 2013
BY ANGELA DECKER | ASHLAND CORRESPONDENT

05.31.13 Thumbnail GrapeVineFarmers and vintners fear that looming cuts to Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) could damage the region's pear, wine and agriculture/livestock industries, valued at over $80 million.

 
Mandatory corporate fun | Print |  Email
Business tips
Thursday, May 30, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.31.13 Thumbnail OfficeFunIf you really want your team members to connect, there are few worse ways than “Mandatory Corporate Fun” that’s too obviously aimed at manipulating them.



 
2013 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon announced | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
BY OB STAFF

05.30.13 Thumbnail GreenPressPORTLAND – About 300 people turned out today for Oregon Business magazine’s fifth annual celebration of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon.

 

 

 
Expanding universe | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.28.13 Thumbnail TomWyattThe recession took a toll on Knowledge Universe-US, the largest private provider of child care in the country. A new CEO aims to turn things around.

 

 

 
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
Linda Baker
Thursday, May 23, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail Update Urban Airship is moving into the Vestas building. That's what you call ironic.

 

 

 
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
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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.

 
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