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A Few Words from Greg

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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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

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

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

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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Medford Feature: History, Business and Change

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

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

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

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

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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