A Few Words from Jim – August 2022

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“Innovation is hard, important and exciting. “

I’m going to spending the next couple of years with you focusing on innovation driven entrepreneurship and broadband. 

I toured Arcimoto’s new 250,000 SQFT manufacturing facility in Eugene and drove the FUV. I fell in love with the company, the people, the FUV and all the innovation. I’m seriously thinking about buying one and buying stock. Read “I toured Arcimoto’s new 250,000 SQFT Manufacturing Facility and was blown away by all the innovation” on page 10.

I have been working with a bunch of folks in Southern Oregon, on Economic Development via Innovative companies. What is it? Who Does it? Why do we want them here? How do we get them here? But I am also trying to shape the kind of innovators we attract, so that we can all work together to solve our real-world regional problems. Read my provocative piece and let me know what you think, “Welcome to Southern Oregon, We love innovators” on page 18.

The Oregon Connections Conference is happening again, in Ashland on October 6 and 7, 2022 and registration is open at OregonConnections.info. The theme for this year is Navigating the Funding Flood. Find out more about it and how to register online to attend on Page 25. 

Someone called me a journalist. I’m not sure that is true. I’m just the publisher of the Southern Oregon Business journal and sometimes author of certain stories. I like to visit with businesses and interview business owners and managers to find out about the business they created and/or run and find out what we can learn from them. I like to share what I learn with you in hopes of inspiring you to keep on swimming. I don’t pretend to be impartial. I have over 3 decades of experience starting and running companies. I can’t be impartial. I also like to invest in Oregon based public companies and I like to buy products and services from companies to help them out, especially Oregon based breweries and distilleries. 😉 So I don’t think I’m a journalist. I’m just a storyteller. 

If you know of an innovative company that you think I should write a story about please drop me a note. 

Thanks for reading. 


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