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A Few Words from Greg

August 1, 2019

Its hard to believe four years have passed since the launching of the Southern Oregon Business Journal on August 10, 2015. But it has. The nine months leading up to the first publication was filled with enthusiasm and encouragement from many people for whom I have great respect and admiration. And too, from Dede who…

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Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th at Peavy Arboretum

June 1, 2019

The Oregon State University Research Forests, OSU Extension Service of Benton and Linn Counties, and the Benton County Health Department will host the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum, north of Corvallis. This event will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as part of…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

June 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright How neighborhood stability hinges on expectations: If people don’t believe things are going to get better, many will leave One of the most perplexing urban problems is neighborhood decline. Once healthy, middle-class or working class-places seem to gradually (and then abruptly) fall from grace. As we documented in our report Lost in…

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Time to Stop Building Disposable Places

June 1, 2019

by Daniel Herriges You hear it so often it sounds like a cliché: “Our ancestors used to build things to last. Now we build them to be thrown away.” Sometimes, this sentiment is a cliché or an oversimplification: when it comes to homes, for example, our ancestors built plenty of rickety wooden shacks. They’re just…

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Terroir: It Doesn’t Make Wine or Beer, It Just Makes Them Better

May 1, 2019

Known as Römerwein, or the Speyer wine bottle, it’s at least 1,650 years old. This dates back to the 4th century, sometime between 325 and 359 AD. The 1.5-liter glass vessel was discovered during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in modern-day Germany. The Historical Museum of the Palatinate (German: Historisches Museum der Pfalz)…

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Ocean Expedition To Study Salmon in Winter Was a Unique Experience for Scientist, In Many Ways

May 1, 2019

To listen to Laurie Weitkamp compare life on a Russian fisheries research vessel to life on an equivalent American research boat, is to conjure images of a cozy, cluttered cabin on the one hand, and the clean room of a research facility on the other. For example: The cozy, if rusty, Russian boat, the Professor…

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Medford Feature: History, Business and Change

April 1, 2019

From the Portland-Seattle and San Francisco – Sacramento metropolitan centers, draw a 500-mile radius North and South and they cross in the Rogue Valley. We have the good fortune of being a day’s drive from either major economy. Businesses in our area are connected to both economies. Being on the I-5 corridor is a life…

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Occupations that Pay More in Southwestern Oregon

April 1, 2019

by Sarah Cunningham When looking for a job in your field, determining which region pays the most could be a sound strategy. In 2018, there were 27 occupations where workers in Southwestern Oregon earned higher median wages than in any other region in the state. In 2017, 6 percent of workers in the region, or…

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Strategy Map Path to Prosperity

February 1, 2019

Strategy is a tool whose purpose is the realization of leadership’s intentions. Having a Strategy is good. However, a strategy created and placed on the shelf until the next planning cycle is simply a waste of time. To have value, strategy must be operationalized throughout the enterprise. There is an old saying “Strategy without Tactics…

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Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) Empowers “Shop Local” Businesses at March 9th Entrepreneur Expo

February 1, 2019

Check out our mission! Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) is a community of dynamic entrepreneurs helping each other achieve business goals through networking, education, and inspiration. So, how does WESO achieve these goals? WESO is a membership organization that has been a part of the Rogue Valley for almost 40 years. They began in…

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Where Have the Adventurers Gone? Recent Trends in Oregon Entrepreneurship

November 1, 2018

By: Henry Fields If you’ve ever struggled to spell “entrepreneur” you might know that it’s a term borrowed from French. It’s too bad that an early English-language equivalent, “adventurer,” didn’t catch on. The term perfectly captures the swashbuckling, eccentric personality needed to start a business (and it’s easier to spell). Though English needed the loanword,…

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Develop an entrepreneurial mindset with entrepreneurial learning experiences

November 1, 2018

What is Mindset? We all have a mindset, yet often we are not consciously aware of it or the profound effect it has on our lives. Our mindset is the underlying mechanism that can expose opportunities and ignite our ambition, engaging our faculties in ways that enable us to flourish and thrive. Yet, our mindset…

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