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Video feature: Plywerk frames a movement

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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?

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
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?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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

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Friday, January 17, 2014
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

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
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

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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

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Monday, December 16, 2013
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

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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?

 
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Updated: Disrupting innovation

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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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Attack of the Robin Sages

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Monday, July 07, 2014
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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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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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Q&A: David Lively of Organically Grown Co.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
OGCLogoBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.


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Why I became an Oregon angel investor

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Monday, July 14, 2014
AngelInvestBY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE

I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


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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 has triggered higher prices and lower yields.


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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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