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Lay the Groundwork

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Starting and growing a business is not for the weak or the uninformed.  To prepare, Ron Altoon and Jim Porter did their homework before they opened their architectural firm.  This is Ron Altoon.  More

Go Global

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Altoon and Porter have proven that the world wants Yankee ingenuity. They give us some advice: Do your homework before you get on the airplane; bring to your international customers products and services they can't find locally; establish local strategic alliances and deliver on your promises.

Deliver 24 X 7

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Ron's timing was perfect in the Fall of 1998 to turn his firm toward international work. With the Internet, customers can be served around the clock.

Make It Perfect

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Jeff Patterson, Oregon Log's head of customer service, says Mike insistence on precision and craftmanship in every home is what keeps them leaders in the industry.

Win An Award

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Whenever there is an opportunity, submit your work for peer review within your national trade association.

Say Yes

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Necessity is the mother of invention! Even though you have never done something before, if you are confident and knowledgeable and think you can do it, say "Yes" to your customer and then go figure out how to fulfill their request. 

Automate Art

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Technology is enabling Oregon Log to reach customers worldwide and increase the efficiency with which they build homes.

Fuse Beauty and Function

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Eric Goshow is the great drawing talent at Goshow.  He is surrounded by other architects and the team works to deliver to clients both beauty and function.

Learn How to Collaborate

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Collaborate - it isn't just a new buzz word for cooperation; it is more, and it works.

Go After a Variety of Markets

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Goshow has a portfolio that includes the fanciful like this children's museum.