Main Ingredient - November 2013

Masters of Craft

Masters of Their Craft

Winemaker-entrepreneur Jim Bernau is on a mission. The Founder and President of Turner-based Willamette Valley Vineyards is monitoring progress on his truly grand $5.5 million expansion plan, a total makeover that includes adding a brand new kitchen and food pairing bar, a club, a new tasting room, and patios with vistas guaranteed to take guests’ breath away.

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Walking with the ‘Spirits’ of the Northwest

Walking with Spirits

Northwest Chefs are outstanding at combining seasonal, local and regional flavors; they take pride sourcing the best produce and using years of know-how to impact their menu with flavor. Gaining knowledge of what’s available and on-trend can help your business grow via innovative beverages, as well as entrees and sides.

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Management, As a Position, Is Obsolete

Management Obsolete

Ask anyone the difference between the two and the answer nearly always puts management in a negative light and leadership in a positive light. Is “manager,” then, an obsolete term of a by-gone era when “leaders” didn’t really lead or want their teams to think?

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PCI Compliance

PCI Compliance

The security of cardholder information is important to both your customers and your business. In fact, since 2005, there have more than 1 billion stolen records in over 2,000 separate data breach incidents – with payment card data being the theft target in 48 percent of all breaches in 2011 alone.

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Coupons

Coupons

Traditional print coupons have security or fraud potential, require additional auditing at server/bartender checkout and could lead to misrepresented offers if not properly explained. They are also typically expensive to print and require distribution to thousands with little to no ability to audit or apply success measurements.

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Grand Bargain May Ease Pressure on Local Government Taxation

Grand Bargain

After legislators failed to compromise during the 2013 regular session, Governor John Kitzhaber called the Legislature into a special session to increase public school funding to add calendar days and teachers, reform public pensions and preempt local governments from banning genetically modified crops.

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Policy Makers Advocating for More Local Control

Policy Makers

For years I have heard policymakers advocate for “local control,” and I must tell you that when I hear those two words put together, it makes me cringe. Local governments are trying to “control” private employers more and more these days.

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