A big part of what makes Hood River special is the vital business scene. Frustrated with the lack of local media attention to business news, I thought that a blog would be a good first step to share what I learn in my various work and volunteer activities. I worked for 24 years as a reporter and editor with Northwest newspapers and magazines — The Oregonian, Anchorage Daily News, Medford Mail Tribune and Oregon Business magazine — and also spent three years during the mid-1990s on a couple of digital news startups — What On Earth by Ingenius, and Trip.com. At the end of the day (sorry, I know it’s a way overused phrase these days), life is all about business. Even if you work for someone else, you’re “in” business. You trade your time for pay, and the level of your energy, creativity and commitment contribute to the success (or failure) of the business. Please, make this your site, too. Call me at 541-386-8860, or write to me to share your news, or a tip about something you’d like me to explore. Now, get biz-e!

15 Responses to “About”

  1. Dave Scarborough June 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Stu –

    Love the Hood River Biz Buzz. It’s fresh, it’s interesting, it’s relevant. Thanks! Keep it going…


  2. Ellen Shapley July 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Just found your blog. Great idea. And you’re right… life is all about business. Can you give a plug for the History Museum for the repainting of the Franz Mural at Oak & 2nd that is currently taking place. Some of us will be on the corner on First Friday 8/7 fundraising for donations to pay for the painting.


  3. Nick or Mark (Your call) February 25, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Nick local snapshots of what’s going on! Just found you today and will now make it a part of my day,

  4. Janet March 6, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    I loooooooooooooooooooove your site. What fun dish! You are welcome to visit me any day. Janet

    • stuwatson March 6, 2010 at 12:58 am #

      Thanks, Janet. Tryin’ to keep it fresh. Share your own dish — the more ears on the street, the more paths to follow.

  5. Ginnie Mooney March 18, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    great info, love the site…which I have bookmarked!

    • stuwatson March 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks, Ginnie. Sorry I didn’t intro myself this a.m. — we were passing at UPS Store.

  6. Jeff Nicol April 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Stu. Thanks for putting together this site and producing such interesting LOCAL content! I love it!

  7. Chris Musgrave April 27, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    Just found this site and I have to say I am very pleased I did. Since the local paper and other outlets well you know. Anyways I look forward to checking this site frequently to see what is going on here in Hood River. Good Job !


  8. Autumn Woods April 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Great blog, Stu! We discovered it this weekend & love the local business coverage… I’ll be sure to make sure you are the 1st to get any upcoming scoop I hear about!

    • stuwatson April 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

      Thanks, Autumn. Welcome aboard. Hey, world: Autumn goes a great job for the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association (link added). Now, do your part — drink more wine.

  9. j nelson May 29, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Finally, after decades of news starvation, a place to get it all straight up. Wonderful! Thank you! Great style!

    • stuwatson May 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks. Not possible, though, w/o your eyes and ears. Pls share what you hear.

  10. Leslie June 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Wonderfully informative.

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