OBI Celebrates Oregon Manufacturing Sector

OBI Celebrates Oregon Manufacturing Sector Continued Statewide Burden on Businesses Jeopardize Economic Health for These and Other Employers By Karen Vineyard, chair, OBI board of directors As we wind down summer and continue down a somewhat uncertain path of recovery from the global pandemic, our team at OBI continues to find opportunities to not only…

A Conversation with Incoming President & CEO Angela Wilhelms

“As I transition into the role, my first priority is to connect with our members so that I can understand what is top of mind for them, but I also want to connect with our partners and the many other stakeholders who help shape the environment for business and industry in the state. I have a lot of listening to do, and I look forward to taking what I bring to the role and what I learn in the role and working with the board to create a long-term vision for OBI.”

OBI Announces First-ever Oregon Visionary Award Honorees

“These tremendous honorees represent our state’s unlimited potential,” said OBI Board Chair Karen Vineyard. “Each of them – through their professional work as well as community service – have shown their dedication to shared prosperity and opportunity for all Oregonians. They have set aside individual interests and traditional political allegiances to bring Oregonians from all walks of life together around a common set of values. We are grateful to honor these true Oregon visionaries at OBI’s biggest event of the year.”

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Wine by Joe

The art of running a wine business and the craft of winemaking are works in constant progress. It requires craftsmanship, curiosity, innovation and the careful balance of new world thinking and tradition. We respect our roots but are unafraid to take risks. We are proud to be rooted in tradition but unbound by convention.

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My appreciation for the OBI that is, and the OBI that will be

It’s clear to me – and to my fellow board members – that OBI is stronger than it’s ever been. And that’s thanks largely to our incredible staff, who work each day to ensure that our voices are heard in Salem, and that Oregon’s amazing businesses have a place to convene and celebrate the strength of our community.


Albina Head Start

Through their OBI membership, Albina Head Start was able to utilize the Worker Safety Fund grant from SAIF during the pandemic to increase safety measures and personal protective equipment, and now, as students plan their return to the facility, families can rest assured their children are safe from the COVID-19 virus.

2021 Legislative Session Adjourns

“In more than 15 years working with the Oregon Legislature, I have never seen a session like this one,” said Paloma Sparks, vice president of government affairs at OBI. “While the COVID precautions and virtual process made direct advocacy more challenging for everyone, our voice on behalf of Oregon businesses was heard.”

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OBI Hires New President and CEO

The Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) board of directors today named Angela Wilhelms as the organization’s next president & CEO. Currently an executive at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ms. Wilhelms will begin her transition to OBI effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Our New Vision for a 20-year Tradition

The problems we face are only getting more complex and intertwined, which means the solutions must be more comprehensive and creative. In other words, we need more Oregonians with a vision. In her monthly column, OBI Chair Karen Vineyard makes a big announcement about one of our most cherished traditions at OBI.