Be positive. If a leader is positive and optimistic, those feelings will spread to others. Conversely, if a leader is angry or frustrated, those emotions also spread. Display integrity. Leaders who keep their commitments and promises are trusted and more likable. Cooperate with others. Effective leaders unite employees to work together in a common purpose.…

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The easing of winter weather brings with it a sigh of relief. Shrouded in conflicting headlines about economies at every level and the projections on the near and distant term at once favorable and in the next moment dire, consumers have been dubious about so-called expert opinions. Disquieting anxiety may plague conversations in coffee circles,…

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I bring 30 years of tech entrepreneurship to this journal that Greg started 5 years ago. I have a lot of knowledge, wisdom, and guidance to share to the southern Oregon business community. Being an innovative entrepreneur also means I can be stubborn, tenacious, direct, and laser-focused at times and I can be a challenge…

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By Jim Teece Greg Henderson (Southern Oregon Business Journal Founder and Co-Publisher) and I met with Todd Way, CEO and GM of Douglas Fast Net (DFN) and Keith Brooks, General Manager of Douglas Electric Cooperative (DEC) in the DFN board room, on a nice clear and cold winter day 11 months after the storm.  I…

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Remembering Douglas County’s Snowmageddon – 1 year later By Jim Teece On February 24th, 2019, a snowstorm started around 1:30 pm. Keith Brooks had some texts with Phil Bigler, his Assistant General Manager and right-hand man. Keith sent some concern about the storm and Phil replied with some reassuring texts about the temperature being too…

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Thanks to the use of social media during incidents, we have a running account of communications from events to review after the fact. If done properly, client communication is critical and important not only as a form of customer service but also as a black box to study after the incident. Below is the chronological…

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The Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur group met at BioSkin in Medford for their February meeting. BioSkin was started over 25 years ago by Dean Cropper. They manufacture and sell hypoallergenic, breathable, lightweight and comfortable medical grade braces and compression devices based on a patented material created by Dean. They have grown to 40 employees…

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BY PAUL EMRATH ON February 6, 2020 REPRINT BY PERMISSION In January, NAHB released its new Priced-Out Estimates for 2020. A previous post discussed the often-cited estimate that a $1,000 increase in the price of a median-priced new home will price 158,857 U.S. households out of the market for the home. A second post discussed…

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Solutions to inadequate housing supply, rising rents, a lack of public services and shelter space must be approached collaboratively by public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors Affordable housing and homelessness together represent a statewide crisis that must be tackled by all levels of government, philanthropy, nonprofits and businesses working together on collaborative solutions, says a…

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By Toni Clough Chair, Associate Professor, Business ROSEBURG, Oregon – Rogue Credit Union (Rogue) has been recognized with the Business Innovation award by the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce due to its partnership with the new campus branch at Umpqua Community College (UCC). In October 2019, the credit union opened its second campus branch at UCC,…

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By James C. Price Every year when the calendar turns over from December to January, leaders across every industry and business sector turn over a new leaf on a new year. And while most embrace this opportunity as a chance to build upon the success experienced in the previous year, they also see the need…

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