Portland nonprofit lands $8.5M federal grant | Print |  Email

Worksystems Inc. will use the money to launch a training program designed to prepare 1,000 Rose City residents for careers in IT and advanced manufacturing.

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Portland is a haven for small businesses | Print |  Email

A Biz2Credit study listed the Rose City area as having the second-highest average revenue in the nation for businesses with fewer than 250 employees or under $10 million average revenue.

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Intel shares slide 5% | Print |  Email

The chipmaker's stock dipped $1.62 to $30.50 after reporting a solid quarter and outlook Tuesday.

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Oregon GMO ballot measure campaigns raise $12M combined | Print |  Email

The opponents of labeling genetically modified foods reported contributions of $7.3 million thus far; proponents show $4.8 million in contributions.

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Frontier Airlines to leave Eugene | Print |  Email

The airline will end its seasonal service to Denver as it shifts to focus on larger markets.

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Pot tax could equal up to $4M annually for Portland | Print |  Email

City Council will decide whether the Rose City will join 17 other Oregon cities in preemptively taxing legal recreational marijuana.

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'Bill the Butcher' shop no longer coming to Portland | Print |  Email

The Seattle-based sustainable meat shop announced plans to open 10 locations across the city in January.

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October surprise | Print |  Email
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Cylvia Hayes, tabloid vs. watchdog journalism and the looming threat of a Cascadia earthquake.

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NAVEX Global to be acquired by Vista | Print |  Email

The Lake Oswego-based ethics and compliance software company was purchased by Vista Equity Partners, a private firm focused on software, data and technology-enabled businesses.

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Roseburg Forest Products to buy credit union HQ in Springfield | Print |  Email

The wood products firm will purchase the Northwest Community Credit Union headquarters for $5.75 million.

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Alaska Airlines renews Timbers jersey sponsorship | Print |  Email

The Seattle-based airline has been the jersey sponsor of the Portland Major League Soccer team since 2011.

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Metro helps fund new Beaverton apartment building | Print |  Email

The agency chipped in $300,000 toward Lombard Plaza, a five-story mixed-use development.

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Portland favors small businesses despite lower wages | Print |  Email

Oregon businesses with 49 or fewer employees pay an average of $35,100 a year.

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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


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Corner Office: Marv LaPorte

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The president of LaPorte & Associates lets us in on his day-to-day life.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
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How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
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VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


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The clean fuels opportunity

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Monday, November 10, 2014
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A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


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