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|Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
One green business awards party is never enough. Three months after Oregon Business threw a lunch-time bash celebrating its 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon project, several Eugene-area businesses included on that list — Isler CPA, Mountain Rose Herbs, King Estate Winery, Ninkasi Brewing and CAWOOD — celebrated with the GreenLane Sustainable Business Network at a "Green Eugene" party at Lewis & Clark Catering Company.
The event was an opportunity for like-minded business people to network and share ideas about sustainability practices. The "Green list" companies co-sponsored the event and invited their colleagues, clients and vendors.
“No one is opposed to have an excuse for a party,” Nichole Hayward, an account manager at CAWOOD, told me. “We felt like it was a way to promote being a green business in Eugene and a great way to increase our networks."
Based on OB's widely recognized 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project, the 100 Best Green Companies were determined by an anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers’ sustainability practices. In 2013, there were 440 organizations and more than 20,000 employees participating in the project.
Our 100 best green company project aims to set a standard for green practices in the workplace. As the "Green Eugene" event suggests, 100 Best organizations also leverage the award to add value to their business. “We market this award by purchasing the actual awards and displaying them in our office and sometimes at trade booths,” Isler CPA Kim Meyers told me. She said Isler features the award in local Chamber of Commerce ads and “freely speaks of it when conversing with clients and referral sources.”
If the Eugene party was a good marketing opportunity, the OB 100 Best Green awards celebration, which took place this past June, racked up praise for its inspirational atmosphere. “As sustainability coordinator, being at the actual awards gave me fresh gusto, fresh ideas," says Hayward, whose company made the list for the first time this year. “It was beyond motivating."
To be sure, quoting one of the 100 Best Green winners about how much they loved our 100 best party is a bit of shameless self-promotion. But we’re thrilled award winners are inspired by our celebratory events and we love to hear how organizations leverage the award to market their company's products, services and working environment.
Next week, we have another 100 best event coming up; our fifth annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon awards dinner takes place Wednesday, October 2 in the Portland Hilton.
In the meantime, let us know how your workplace has leveraged our 100 Best awards to boost business and create a better working environment for employees.
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BY KIM MOORE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE
Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Market of Choice is on a tear. In 2012 the 35-year-old Eugene-based grocery chain opened a central kitchen/distribution center in its hometown. The market opened a third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; a Bend outpost broke ground in March. A fourth Portland location is slated for the inner southeast “LOCA” development, a mixed-use project featuring condos and retail. Revenues in 2014 were $175 million, a double-digit increase over 2013. CEO Rick Wright discusses growth, market trends and how he keeps new “foodie” grocery clerks happy.
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.
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