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|Thursday, October 24, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
This past September, Oregon Business unveiled a magazine redesign: a fresh contemporary look that reflects the innovation driving business circa 2013. Now we aim to go forth more boldly in the digital and mobile realms. To that end, I’m excited to announce a new OregonBusiness.com blogger network, featuring original reporting and analysis by journalists and subject experts.
So far, we have signed five new bloggers (who join longtime contributor Tom Cox), with plans to grow the roster in the coming months. We think you will find their insights to be enlightening, provocative — and a must read.
Other OB digital and mobile initiatives are underway.
We know our magazine readers are looking for in-depth analysis and perspective; we also know readers are on their laptops, tablets and other mobile devices throughout the week — often looking for quick sharp takes on the news. To make our mobile platform more user friendly, our in-house tech guru, web production manager Bjorn Vandervoo, has made some improvements to the Oregon Business mobile platform.
Starting in November, we will also open up our popular reader Input survey, published every month in the magazine, to online viewers. Please watch for a link to the survey in our e-newsletter and on our home page.
Finally, let me remind you that OregonBusiness.com welcomes opinion columns from readers on topics relevant to the Oregon business community. For writer's guidelines, click here.
Our goal is to create a dynamic community forum by engaging bloggers, readers and OB editors in an online dialogue about key issues driving Oregon’s economy. Drop us a line, and let us know how we can help make you part of the OB conversation.
OREGON BUSINESS BLOG NETWORK
1. Joe Rojas-Burke: health care and science @rojasburke
Bio: Before wandering into journalism, Portland writer Joe Rojas-Burke studied biology at Columbia University and worked as a cell biology researcher at the Rockefeller University in New York City. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the 2012-13 academic year. Rojas-Burke is a former science writer for The Oregonian.
2. Mike Green: technology, innovation and social inclusion @amikegreen2
Bio: Mike Green is a Medford-based writer and a co-founder of the America21 Project. He is also the founder of Saving Americas Black Boys campaign.
3. Eric Fruits: economics and finance @ericfruits
Eric Fruits, Ph.D. is a Portland-based economist and consultant. He is an adjunct professor at Portland State University where he has taught classes in economics, finance, and state and local public finance.
4. Vivian McInerny: lifestyle and entertainment @vivianmac
As a teen, Vivian McInerny felt far too deep to be bothered with pop culture. Then she grew up to make a career writing about it. For 20 years, she covered the fashion beat for The Oregonian, also writing hundreds of award-winning features, profiles, and essays. She hopes to provide a peek at machinations of pop culture through Pop, her Oregon Business blog.
5. Mark Blaine: media and new journalism @marquisb
Mark Blaine is a senior instructor and journalism coordinator at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication His focus is on storytelling and new media, and over the past five years, he has worked to develop wiki, blog and content-management-based systems for basic reporting and information gathering courses. An award-winning writer, investigative reporter and editor, Blaine was previously the editor of Forest Magazine, a national environmental magazine dealing with public land policy issues.
6. Tom Cox: business tips @TBCox
Tom Cox is a Beaverton consultant, author and speaker. He coaches CEOs on how to boost performance by building workplace trust.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
A new co-working model disrupts office sharing, child care and work-life balance as we know it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GARY THILL | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A storied institution climbs down from the ivory tower.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA WESTON
In 1996, after a 17-year career in the destination marketing industry, where I gained national standing as the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County, I was recruited by the founders of a new professional basketball league for women. The American Basketball League (ABL) hoped to leverage the success of the 1996 USA women’s national team at the Atlanta Olympics — much like USA Soccer is now leveraging the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory in the World Cup. The ABL wanted a team in Portland, and they wanted me to be its general manager.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from the St. John's Bridge in an attempt to prevent a ship from heading to the Arctic.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Which of the following would be most effective in reducing the cost of operating a public university in Oregon?
|Child care challenge|
|Is there life beyond Reed?|
|Back to School|
|Ninkasi grows to NY|
|Eco challenges facing Oregon|
|Adidas produces special shoe for upcoming Timbers/Sounders match|
|Intel invests $60M in drone company|
|Congestion should be expected|
|How many devices are using Windows 10?|
|Aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack|
Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.