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Thursday, December 18, 2014
10-listthumbBY LINDA BAKER

2014 was a year of wild contradictions, fast-paced growth and unexpected revelations.

 

The short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
121214-xmaslist1BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

We ask business and nonprofit leaders how they survive the season.

 

Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
121114-oystervidBy MEGHAN NOLT

VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.

 

The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
pingpongthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.

 

The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.

 

SEI CEO Tony Hopson speaks at 100 Best Nonprofits event

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

10.17.13 Thumbnail KeynoteSelf Enhancement Inc. president and CEO Tony Hopson delivered a rousing keynote at the celebration of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon on October 2. If you missed his speech or want to see it again, check out the video courtesy of Self Enhancement Inc.

 

Oregon Business wins general excellence award

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Monday, September 09, 2013
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Thumbnail TheLatestOregon Business magazine has been named one of the top 10 small business publications in the country by the national American Society of Business Publication Editors.

 

 

 

Ruby Receptionists; 10 years of 'personal connection'

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

08.08.13 Thumbnail RubyRuby Receptionists, a Portland company famous for its employee parties, is celebrating 10 years in business with an anniversary party this weekend that founder and CEO, Jill Nelson says, "is going to put all other parties to shame."

 

July news updates

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Thursday, August 01, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OREGON BUSINESS WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateFrom departed politicians to controversial wolves, it's time to update some recent Oregon Business stories.



 

Oregon Business lands gold ASBPE award

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Thumbnail TheLatestOregon Business won a gold award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) western region competition.


 

 

Oregon needs a raise

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

07.19.13 Thumbnail LowIncomeOregon's per capita personal income has been slipping further behind levels in Washington and California as well as the nation as a whole since the late '90s. The recession of the early 2000s seems to have dealt a heavier blow here than other states and income wasn't as quick to bounce back.

 

2013 legislative updates

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateIn the aftermath of the anticlimactic 2013 legislative session, we update a few stories Oregon Business covered this past year.

 

Oregon cracks down on illegal fireworks explosion

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail FireworksWith the 4th of July quickly approaching, many Oregonians are crafting barbecue menus, hanging red, white and blue bunting and preparing for their annual trek across the Columbia River for illegal fireworks. Oregon only allows fireworks that travel less than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, but it’s a simple trip up to Washington to buy roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.

 

Oregonian shifts to digital model, announces layoffs

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

06.20.13 Thumbnail NewspapersThe Oregonian will reduce print delivery to four days a week as the paper shifts to a digitally focused news enterprise.

 

 

 

Data Science: Part II

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateWe asked Thomas Thurston, the Portland data scientist featured in our May issue, to comment on PRISM, the code name for the NSA's massive data-collection program recently exposed in documents leaked by federal contractor Edward Snowden.

 

Oregon's labor force falls into retreat

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Friday, June 07, 2013
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

06.07.13 Thumbnail LaborUnemployment is down but so is the labor force as discouraged workers desert, baby boomers retire and the economy sputters along. In the year ending in April, Portland's labor force fell 1.7% and statewide it dropped 1.9%. Has Portlandia's  "Dream of the '90s" evaporated?

 

Eco-friendly workplaces and the bottom line

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateA new green practices survey examines the impact of a sustainable workplace on a company's bottom line.

 

 

 

County budget woes threaten Oregon agriculture

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Friday, May 31, 2013
BY ANGELA DECKER | ASHLAND CORRESPONDENT

05.31.13 Thumbnail GrapeVineFarmers and vintners fear that looming cuts to Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) could damage the region's pear, wine and agriculture/livestock industries, valued at over $80 million.

 

2013 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon announced

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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05.30.13 Thumbnail GreenPressPORTLAND – About 300 people turned out today for Oregon Business magazine’s fifth annual celebration of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon.

 

 

 

Economic development: an app for that

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.22.13 Thumbnail iPadSean Robbins, CEO of Greater Portland Inc., dropped by the OB offices yesterday to demonstrate a new economic development app aimed at marketing the Portland region. The app, which launches today, was developed by digital marketing agency Storycode.

 

SPJ names Oregon Business best publication

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Monday, May 20, 2013
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05.20.13 Thumbnail SPJFor the third year in a row, Oregon Business magazine has been named the best publication in its category by the Society of Professional Journalists of Oregon and SW Washington.

 

 

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

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How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


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