Posts by Jim Teece

Meet Robert Killen New Lane SBDC Director

Robert Killen is one of those people you just have to meet to realize what a fine decision the hiring team made in selecting him as the new Lane SBDC Director. The Small Business Development Center hit a home run, but the small businesses and communities of eastern Lane County have done even better. He’s…

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Springfield Chamber Business News

Chambers of Commerce are well known for bringing professionals together. The chamber convenes businesses, connections happen, and partnerships are made. Partnerships are crucial in starting, and supporting, small business in our community, and often, those partnerships happen behind the scenes. In Springfield, our small business community is connected in a web of support that leads…

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What Replaces Timber?

What Replaces Timber?

By Josh Lehner Between the mill closure in Coos Bay, downsizing in Forest Grove, and the lively cap and trade discussions, there has been a renewed interest and focus on the timber industry in Oregon. Our office has fielded nearly a dozen requests recently to speak about the industry, historical changes and the outlook. As…

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Excitement in next-level video, and in the local tech community

By Matt Sayre Thrill seeking skydivers in the U.S jump out of airplanes more than three million times each year. Revl, a venture-backed tech startup, is poised to capture those jumps, and other adrenaline-fueled experiences, with cinematic videos in ways that have never been done before. That’s great for thrill seekers, but why does it matter…

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Oregon Businesses Report 51,600 Vacancies in Spring

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Oregon’s private employers had 51,600 job vacancies in spring. That was 21 percent below the spring 2018 vacancy total of 65,100. This is the second consecutive quarter we’ve seen job vacancies at notably lower levels from the same time one year earlier. Still, spring 2019 vacancies remained slightly above the number…

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5 Ways To Make the Missing Middle Less Missing

A July 2019 report from Bloomberg explores the decline in Missing Middle housing in the United States—and it turns out it’s more missing than ever. This graphic from Bloomberg using Census data shows the decline in the share of missing-middle (blue) housing among all multifamily housing construction, even as very large apartment buildings (light gray)…

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Renewable natural gas demand to increase with UPS purchase agreement

On May 22, 2019 United Parcel Service (UPS), a global provider of shipping and delivery services, announced that the company would increase its use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the United States. UPS purchased 170 million gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) from fuel supplier Clean Energy Fuels to meet this commitment, which supports UPS’s sustainability…

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A Bridge to the Future: Jordan Cove Project Benefits

Creation of 6,000+ good-paying construction jobs and ~8,500 spin-off jobs.  Building a safe, clean natural gas pipeline – with an export terminal in Coos County – the Jordan Cove Project will create more than 6,000 good-paying construction jobs at peak construction in addition to an estimated 8,500 jobs in sectors like hospitality, retail, tourism and…

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What is the E2E Network?

E2E Network

Inspired by communities from Bend to Boulder, management consultant Cynthia Scherr and financial consultant Linda Ganim, along with other local entrepreneurs, started E2E three years ago.  They challenged their friends and clients, most of whom own businesses, to come together as a loose group of entrepreneurs to focus on promoting, developing and enhancing a sustainable…

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Blackstone Publishing: A Page Turner

Blackstone Publishing

by Cynthia Scherr Traffic snakes along at 5 mph, horns honk, the smell of asphalt and exhaust mix in the air. Ever found a traffic jam inspiring?  Craig Black, founder of Blackstone Publishing, did. Thirsty to continue his education, Craig started reading classic literature and history in his 30s while driving L.A. freeways. After several…

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Learn to Live!

TEDx Ashland

Learn to Live – a TEDxAshland Talk Trever Yarrish and I had the opportunity to present at the first TEDxAshland in May. Our “Learn to Live” talk focused on a new idea we have for applying agile principles that we both use everyday in our own software companies, to your own personal education. We spent…

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