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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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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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Risks & rewards of owning triple net investments

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
NNNinvestmentBY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand brought higher prices and lower yields.


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Oversight? Or gaming the system?

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Monday, July 14, 2014
AmazonBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.


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Moving the needle

June 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014

I was in a rut. A few months ago, I was at my desk trying to come up with cover story ideas for our June “green” issue.  But I was stuck on a concept that is a bit too tried and true in the magazine business.


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Driving green

June 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Transportation accounts for the second-largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. (28% in 2012), and the use of renewable fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol, is booming in light of state and national programs to make transportation fuels cleaner.


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The business of running a food cart

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Thursday, June 05, 2014
OBM1BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

What does it take to launch and run one of these mobile food businesses?  


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Trends in business succession

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
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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The global challenge

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Friday, June 27, 2014
062714 thumb globalmarketBY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER

Over the last several months we have seen a wave of cross-border acquisitions, primarily U.S.-based companies looking to purchase non-U.S.-based companies. There are a few reasons for this, but the main culprit is the U.S. corporate tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.


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