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The Gordian Knot of Leadership

April 29, 2020

Qualified and Timely Leadership By Greg HendersonFounder and Co-PublisherSouthern Oregon Business Journal Dictators and Tyrants dot the timeline of human history in their self-serving unwillingness to listen to their constituents’ needs and opinions. Misery and physical harm, including the threat of death, were the tools these rulers used to build their empires and have their…

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Yes, We Brought this on Ourselves

April 28, 2020

By Charles Marohn I’m a numbers guy, so my inclination months ago when the so-called smart people were telling us we had more to fear from traffic deaths than coronavirus was to run the numbers. The potential for catastrophe from pandemic was very real; too high for my sensibilities. Now that the so-called smart people…

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How sustainability in corporate behavior will evolve during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

April 28, 2020

By Peter Jones, CFAVice President, Equity Research and AnalysisFerguson Wellman Capital Management Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and activist Denis Hayes launched a nationwide environmental “teach-in” that later became Earth Day. Although the pandemic may have disrupted plans for this milestone anniversary, if Senator…

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Factors for Success in Cooperative Operations*

April 28, 2020

By Jo B. Bitonio Presenter ARD, CDA Dagupan Extension Office The history of cooperatives in the Philippines is replete with tragic stories for the downfall of many co-ops. It is vital that part of the training deals with the causes of co-op failures, “as an eye opener” for all sectors involved in strengthening cooperatives countryside…

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Beginner Entrepreneurship: Tips and Advice to Help You Get Started

April 28, 2020

By Derek GoodmanInbizability.com According to a report published by PRNewswire, approximately 14 percent of U.S. adults are starting or running a new business of their own—accounting for around 27 million Americans nationally. However, fear of failure and a lack of qualifications keep many first-time entrepreneurs from pursuing their dreams of starting a business—especially younger individuals…

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Remembering Douglas County’s Snowmageddon – 1 year later.

February 27, 2020

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. – Staff Stories

February 27, 2020

By Jim Teece We asked the team at UmpquaBroadband how they were impacted by the storm personally and professionally. Nick How were you affected personally? We were without power at the house for about 5 days in total. Fortunately, we have a wood stove which we could use for heat as well as cooking on.…

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SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS – The Black Box of Incident Management

February 27, 2020

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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Restoring Service After The Storm

February 27, 2020

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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Energy Saving Solutions + Energy and Production Efficiency = Better Product Quality & Lower Prices.

January 1, 2020

Cook Woods, a Klamath Falls-based, family-owned company mills exotic and domestic woods, and rare hardwoods, into specialty products for use by hobbyists, wood artists and instrument makers. Sustainability drives every part of the business. Having grown up in national parks as the son of a park ranger, founder Christopher Cook seeks to “have a light…

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The Myth of Bend’s Timber-to-Tourism Transition

December 3, 2019

by Damon Runberg You may have heard this story before. Bend was a timber town, but after the demise of the timber industry, the regional economy shifted to tourism to replace those timber jobs. The vast ponderosa forests outside of town attracted mills that sustained the town for much of its history. The present location…

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Economic Outlook: It’s Complicated

December 3, 2019

Grant D. Forsyth, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Avista gave a riveting talk at the November, Medford Chamber of Commerce Forum to over 200 business people. The title of his talk was “Economic Outlook: It’s Complicated”.  He presented several slides to prove his title to be true. Our Economy in Southern Oregon is complicated.  He started…

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