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Nike gay marriage PAC returns $180K | Print |  Email

The Nike Equality Political Action Committee, which supports the legalization of same-sex marriage, returned more than $180,000 to company executives.

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Reser's Fine Foods to move production to Hillsboro | Print |  Email

The Beaverton-based food manufacturer will begin construction on a 310,000-square-foot specialty food plant and distribution center this summer.

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WMFDP to host $56K diversity training | Print |  Email

White Men as Full Diversity Partners is putting on a three-day diversity training conference in Welches at the foot of Mt. Hood.

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EWEB drops developer | Print |  Email

The Eugene Water & Electric Board eliminated Paradigm Properties, leaving three firms with the chance to acquire and redevelop the utility's 17-acre riverfront property.

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Attack of the Robin Sages | Print |  Email
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.

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Intel, chipmakers, pressured to make deals | Print |  Email

As cash reserves swell, chipmakers are rushing to find partners for industry deals.

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Oregon food processor, cold storage company expand | Print |  Email

The 90-year-old companies, NORPAC Foods Inc. and Henningsen Cold Storage Co., built a new 260,000-square-foot warehouse in Salem.

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Distilleries add to Oregon market | Print |  Email

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, distilleries generated $53 million in sales — approximately 12% of total liquor sales in the state in 2011.

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Lloyd District hotel to close for $10M renovation | Print |  Email

The Red Lion Hotel near the Oregon Convention Center will close September 2nd and reopen next year as Hotel Eastlund.

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Vancouver to open first pot store | Print |  Email

A recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana, will open its doors on Wednesday.

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Trends in business succession | Print |  Email
TrendsBY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.

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Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle lawsuit | Print |  Email

Adidas America Inc. and Elan Polo Inc. settled a trademark lawsuit over whether an Elan Polo shoe infringed Adidas' three-stripe design.

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Former Jive Software CEO launching new company | Print |  Email

Dave Hersh is starting a new company called RipFog.

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Podcast: Interview with Pete Friedes

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

082714-thumb friedesbookTom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.


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Is this employee right?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
081314 thumb employeefeelingsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”


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Who said we should sell in May?

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Friday, July 18, 2014
BullMarketBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”


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Video: The 100 Best Survey

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1OB Research Editor Kim Moore shares some pointers about the 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.


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Updated: Disrupting innovation

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.


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Managing family assets: The importance of planning ahead

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Unknown-1BY CLIFF HOCKLEY |  OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

When business intersects with family, a host of  situations can arise. Without a clear vision and careful planning, hard-earned investments can become stressful burdens.


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Podcast: Interview with Steve Balzac

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

082014BalzacBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."


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