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A Summer Guide to Kids and Money

A Summer Guide to Kids and Money

As summer is upon us, many of us including myself are trying to figure out what to do with the kids. By now, most of the major activities/camps are scheduled, but what about the rest of the time? I am sure video games, basketball or other activities are at the top of their list, but what else could we be encouraging our kids to do? The research is pretty compelling: they should start a business!

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself

Because we didn’t have enough to worry about already, earlier this week we learned of a massive data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Hackers stole names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.In light of this unprecedented breach, we want to provide you with the necessary information to lessen your risk of being a victim of identity theft:

Podcast Episode 007: The Intervals of Business with Donn Dimond

Podcast Episode 007: The Intervals of Business with Donn Dimond

In this special guest interview, Donn Dimond, co-founder of The KOR Physical Therapy in Portland, OR describes his journey and key learning moments in going from startup to a sophisticated medical practice, to successful exit and why evolving and growing the business in intervals is vital to sustaining a viable business model.

Why Growing Small Firms Is So Painful

Why Growing Small Firms Is So Painful

Getting your company off the ground to a sustainable place should be the hardest part of starting a company, right? That’s what many think, and yet the growing pains and problems that occur within larger organizations go unaddressed until it’s too late. Rick was a recent guest on XeniumHR's Human Resources for Small Business podcast, hosted by Brandon Laws and they discuss the common issues companies experience when they grow from 10 employees to 20 employees and beyond, and how they can lay the groundwork for a successful organization – no matter its ultimate size.

The Messy, Perilous Journey: Why You Must Read "Shoe Dog"

The Messy, Perilous Journey: Why You Must Read "Shoe Dog"

I’ve long been of the opinion that emotional intelligence (EQ) is one of the hardest skills to acquire. But with it, it’s a heck of a lot easier to admit what you don’t know. And ask for help. And seek out mentors, advisors, and people smarter than yourself. To share your dream with others and then trust they can help you figure out how to execute it. Phil Knight’s EQ is on full display throughout the founding of Nike and in his candor retelling the story some 50+ years later.

Register Now: 2016 Economic and Leadership Summit

Register Now: 2016 Economic and Leadership Summit

From workforce and employee engagement issues to changing technology to the skyrocketing real estate market, business leaders face an ever-shifting array of challenges and opportunities today. Constant awareness and evolution are vital to staying ahead of the curve and continually gaining momentum.

Please join us for the fifth annual Leadership and Economic Summit on November 29, 2016 at the Multnomah Athletic Club. We've gathered some of the region's most successful business leaders to share how they're approaching today's challenges, offer insight on their success, and discuss what's ahead in 2017.

Brand Promise Round #2...Into the Weeds

Brand Promise Round #2...Into the Weeds

Earlier this year I wrote an article on Walmart's abysmal experiment with small box stores and the importance of brand promise in a business. Recently I had an opportunity to expand on the subject in a podcast with Brandon Laws, Marketing Manager with XeniumHR. We took a much deeper dive on the subject, covering a lot of ground beyond the Walmart discussion.

When Brand Promise Matters to the Business Model

When Brand Promise Matters to the Business Model

I had grown to expect the offering from Wal-Mart for the variety of merchandise and competitive pricing. This is the essence of their brand promise, great selection and low prices. I do not, on the other hand, go to Wal-Mart expecting to receive exceptional customer service, be greeted by name or see a familiar face. Because whether intended or not, that too is part of their brand promise.

Riding the Rollercoaster Without Losing Your Mind: How to Prepare for the Next Market Downturn

Riding the Rollercoaster Without Losing Your Mind: How to Prepare for the Next Market Downturn

If you have been following the financial headlines of late you may have noticed a consistent theme around the ills of over stimulated markets. Every day we go deeper into this historic market run up the warnings become more pronounced. Even to the seasoned investor, the current state defies conventional logic.