Contributed Blogs

It's still the news(paper)

12.24.13 Thumbnail NewspapersBY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER

The Oregonian's move to a reduced distribution schedule is one more piece of evidence that the future of print newspapers is on a downward trajectory. Print is dying. Right?

 

Developing your personal brand

BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER
12.09.13 Thumbnail Brand

How do you help people learn "who you are?"  The key is consistently communicating in a way that reflects your values and philosophies.

 

A spark to light Oregon’s employment engine

BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

11.21.13 Thumbnail WorkersRight-to-work policies liberalize labor market conditions by loosening some of the most restrictive features of labor legislation enacted during the Great Depression. In Oregon, the Public Employee Choice Act would provide right-to-work protections to public employees.

'80s music icon goes digital

OB ThumbnailImage MarvRossBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

In 1980, Marv Ross wrote and recorded a catchy little original called Harden My Heart that helped Quarterflash land a deal with Geffen Records. Ross still writes music but now he, like everyone from Lady Gaga to the unknown vocalist with a ukulele and a webcam, gives it away to sell it. It’s a crazy business model that works.

The high cost of overtreatment

BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

11.11.13 Thumbnail HealthCostsBetter safe than sorry. That’s how we tend to think about health care decisions. But as a guiding principle, it’s often a huge and costly mistake.


Meet Oregon’s ‘Gen E’

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.

C-stores fill food desert niche

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.


Income inequality: is it good for everyone?

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.

Nong's Khao Man Gai video update

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

09.24.13 Thumbnail LiveWorkPlayIn May we featured Nong Poonsukwattana, the 33-year-old owner of the famous Portland foodcart Nong's Khao Man Gai.  Oregon Business photo intern Adam Wickham recently produced a video featuring Nong's business as well as her compelling personal story.