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Agents of Change

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BY JON SHADEL

Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.

 

NLRB Punts: Dismisses Northwestern University Football Representation Case

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BY MICHAEL G. MCCLORY

The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.

 

Fictional Mailbag: Can I Fire A Medical Marijuana Cardholder?

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BY MICHAEL G. MCLORY

Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling.  This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card.  In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation.  Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.

 

Are you Failing Your Business by Ignoring Analytics?

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BY NANILEI LAMCHIN

One of the many reasons why businesses fail is due to the lack of attention to analytics. Sure, you can go on running your business, but mastering the science of analytics will translate into a business advantage.

 

Hart Wagner Helps Clients Avoid Costly Legal Actions

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BY STUART WATSON

Court experience helps legal firm anticipate potential problems for clients and prevent expensive litigation.

 

Salem’s Mill Creek Property Lifts the Mid- Willamette Valley to Prime Time

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BY STUART WATSON

When Garmin AT needed to consolidate operations for its 550 employees, it scanned its entire corporate map for possible sites.

 

Innovation on Display

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BY JON SHADEL

The technology industry is always in flux. And this rapid rate of change poses challenges to companies ranging from nimble startups aiming to make their mark to established organizations fighting to remain relevant. This is particularly true in the competitive digital display market, where an Oregon company has been at the forefront of nearly every major breakthrough in the last three decades.

 

Banking on Culture

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BY ERIN J. BERNARD

Pacific Continental and Capital Pacific Banks merge assets and approaches.

 

Greener Pastures for Oregon Manufacturing

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BY ERIN J. BERNARD

Tonkon Torp helps seed sustainability at Gunderson.

 

Environments: Partners in Change

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BY JANE VERDURMEN PEART

Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”

 

Tourism Supports a More Sustainable Oregon

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BY JON SHADEL

One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.

 

Partners in Prevention

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BY STU WATSON

SAIF saves members of AOI time and money.

 

The Business of Stormwater Compliance

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BY MAKS GOLDENSHTEYN

New conference aims to solve challenges, quell fears amid regulatory changes.

 

Successful Stories

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BY JON SHADEL

Tourism marketing supports entrepreneurship by attracting visitors to all corners of the state.

 

Finding Meaning in Numbers

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BY MAKS GOLDENSHTEYN

Beaverton firm's business intelligence platform rivals that of industry heavyweights.

 

The Block that Innovation Built

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BY ERIN J. BERNARD

Old Town Portland’s White Stag Block has long been an incubator for big ideas. Over the course of a century, its historic buildings have busily churned out everything from sportswear to sawmill machinery as the city beyond expanded and modernized. 

 

Paying It Forward

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BY ERIN J. BERNARD

A new report highlights how Oregon bankers are giving back to their communities.

 

Raising the Barge on Compliance

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BY SOPHIA BENNETT

Since 1932 Tidewater Transportation & Terminals (operating as Tidewater Barge Lines and Tidewater Terminal Company) has operated a multicommodity transportation and terminal company based in Vancouver, Washington. The friendly expression on the company’s shipping containers reflects the attitude of about 330 safety and community-conscious employees but belies how complicated the barge business really is.

 

Regional Focus Helps The Dalles Succeed

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BY SOPHIA BENNETT

The Port of The Dalles has run marine facilities since the 1930s, but they are part of a larger mission to strengthen the local economy. They focus on regional economic development with a strong bent toward adding good-paying jobs in high tech, manufacturing and other industries.

 

Corban University's Enduring Business Lesson: Invest in the Whole Student

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BY KATRINA WALKER

Generations of students and graduates have been plagued by the question: What is my true calling in life? Four alumni from Corban University’s Hoff School of Business who graduated in different decades say the school helped them find the answer by giving them a practical, well-rounded education.

 

Exit Planning and the Changing of the Guard: A Value Proposition

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It’s happening whether anyone’s ready or not. Businesses here in Oregon and across the U.S. are already experiencing the effects of the largest generational shift in recent history, and these changing tides will impact every level of the workplace — from a company’s executive leadership to its cultural core.

 
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