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Video feature: Plywerk frames a movement

01.28.14 Thumbnail PlywerkPlywerk owner Kjell van Zoen talks to Oregon Business about bringing manufacturing back to the United States, lean manufacturing and the value of buying local.

Raising the minimum wage: Is it worth the fight?

01.23.14 Thumbnail MinWageBY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

Oregon’s minimum wage workers rang in the New Year with a raise. At $9.10 an hour, the state now has the second highest minimum wage in the country.

How can Portland sustain so many new restaurants?

imageBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

I’m thrilled that Portland’s restaurants are thriving. But who are these people who can afford to dine out several nights a week? They can’t all work for Adidas, Intel, or Nike—or some new tech start-up or innovation consultancy firm.

The future of SEO

01.17.14 Thumbnail SEOBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Speaker Joe Griffin, co-CEO of the digital marketing firm iAcquire, shares his predictions about the future of search engine optimization (SEO) as it continues to evolve.

Crowded ERs reflect systemic failures

01.16.14 Thumbnail ERBY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

An economic study of emergency room utilization in Oregon set off a thundering media stampede earlier this month. I was struck by the cut-and-paste sameness of much of the reporting and how awfully little it had to say about the untreated wound that is causing all the pain: the hole in our healthcare system where a robust primary care infrastructure should be.

Window displays: nostalgia in the digital age

BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

12.18.13 Thumbnail HolidayStoreEven in an age of stealth marketing and covert advertising, that most transparent brand messenger – the window display – remains a powerful tool for identifying and defining a store to passersby.

 

The promise and pitfalls of eHealth

BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

12.17.13 Thumbnail ElectronicRecordsOregon Health & Science University recently formed a partnership with Epic Systems Corp., one of the top makers of electronic medical record software. I talked about the future of "eHealth" with Dr. Aaron Cohen, an associate professor who directs commercial partnerships and collaboration for OHSU’s Informatics Discovery Lab.

OBA endorses Gov. Kitzhaber

BY OB STAFF

12.12.13 Thumbnail KitzIn an unprecedented early endorsement, the Oregon Business Association Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced yesterday that it has formally endorsed Governor John Kitzhaber for re-election.

 

Oregon ponders GM future

BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
12.11.13 Thumbnail GMFood

The movement to label genetically modified foods suffered a major blow last month with the defeat of ballot measure 522 in Washington state, which would have required manufacturers to label foods containing GM ingredients. So what does 522‘s defeat mean for the GM-labeling efforts in Oregon?