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|Wednesday, April 03, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
“I’m writing to you because you are someone I think of as influential. I know you’re someone who’s well connected and a connector, and you like to spread interesting ideas and good news.”
Flattery will get you everywhere.
I received the aforementioned message this afternoon from Camas Davis, proprietor of the Portland Meat Collective, a mobile butchery school that offers local foodies hands-on education about how meat gets to their tables. Ham charcuterie, pig butchery, chicken slaughter — at PMC, no part of the meat consumption process, from killing to carving, is glossed over, prettified, or taken care of behind the scenes by someone else.
Two years ago, I wrote this article about Davis, just as the Meat Collective was getting off the ground. I knew she was destined for the national spotlight.
Indeed, today Davis launched a Kickstarter campaign enabling communities across the U.S. to launch their own (wildly successful) meat collectives. As Davis notes, the campaign, "Meat Collectives Across America," is unique in the Kickstarter repertoire in that it asks supporters to back a movement, not a product.
It's a movement Davis describes as changing the way communities think about food.
Who knows: if Davis is successful, the Big Mac, a symbol of a certain kind of meat consumption in this country, may soon be replaced by another big MC: the ubiquitous neighborhood Meat Collective.
OB Editor Linda Baker keeps tabs on CEO and public policy issues, with frequent forays into innovation, entrepreneurship, and bikes.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
SEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO). Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Check out interviews with employees from some of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon winners and find out what makes their company a great place to work.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.
Friday, March 21, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.
Friday, April 11, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
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