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Private liberal arts education: superior outcomes, competitive price

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
0826 thumb collegemoneyBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?


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Two sides of the coin

Monday, August 25, 2014
0825 thumb moneyBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER

Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.


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Managing family assets: The importance of planning ahead

Friday, August 22, 2014
Unknown-1BY CLIFF HOCKLEY |  OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

When business intersects with family, a host of  situations can arise. Without a clear vision and careful planning, hard-earned investments can become stressful burdens.


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Register for 100 Best Companies survey

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
OBM-100-best-logo-2015 150pxwBy Kim Moore | OB Editor

The 2015 survey launched this week. It is open to for-profit private and public companies that have at least 15 full- or part-time employees in Oregon.


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Podcast: Interview with Steve Balzac

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

082014BalzacBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."


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Portland rises

Monday, August 18, 2014

IMG 2551Portland is in the middle of another construction boom, with residential and office projects springing up downtown, in the Pearl and Old Town. OB Web Editor Jessica Ridgway documents the new wave.


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Poll Wrap-Up

Friday, August 15, 2014

2014 NewPoll-report-newsletterthumbIn this week's poll, we asked readers: "Who should pay for the troubled Cover Oregon website?" Here are the results.


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Is this employee right?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
081314 thumb employeefeelingsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”


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Green Endeavor cleans up

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
080614 ULnew greenendeavorBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.


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Community colleges and sustainability

Thursday, July 31, 2014
sustainabilityBY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.


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South Waterfront's revenge

Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoodyAveBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Remember the naysayers?  Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle?  Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?


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Risks & rewards of owning triple net investments

Thursday, July 24, 2014
NNNinvestmentBY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.


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Our Featured Stories

  • The Private 150: Bigger But Leaner
    BY KIM MOORE

    Total revenue increased at Oregon's top 150 private companies, but the number of employees continues to decline as firms downsize in the post-recession economy.

  • Canine Inc.
    BY AMY MILSHTEIN

    Pet parents feed the doggy economy.

  • Searching for a Cure
    BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

    As health care reform inches forward, insurers, doctors and hospitals seek to improve quality and control costs.

must-reads

McMenamins crowdfunding effort nets $6.3M

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The company will use the money to jump-start a redevelopment project in Bothell, Washington.

Longshore workers, grain handlers, reach labor agreement

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After two years, longshore union members backed a collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

Quick-delivery grocery service launches in Portland

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For a fee, Instacart will shop for and deliver groceries to your doorstep.

EBay makes room for 200 more employees in Portland

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The California-based e-commerce giant has aggressive growth plans to expand its downtown office.

Dry spring cuts northeast Oregon wheat yields

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Winter wheat production in 2014 is forecast at 40.3 million bushels statewide, down 17% from a year ago.

Oregon splits difference on Ambre Energy coal grants

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Oregon Transportation Commission awarded one grant associated with the Australia-based coal export plan, but rejected a second.

Portland agency wants to change how sportswear brands market to women

Monday, August 25, 2014

Guidance Counsel has spent the past year updating approaches to the women's activewear market.

Exit Real World leaves downtown Salem

Monday, August 25, 2014

After 21 years, the independently-owned skate shop will close its first store to focus on its remaining location in Portland.

Stink bugs wreak havoc on Willamette Valley crops

Monday, August 25, 2014

Experts say the pest could cause millions to billions of dollars in damage to the region's crops.

Oregon BEST awards $94K to LilyPad technology

Monday, August 25, 2014

The LilyPad is a floating, solar-activated stormwater treatment device deployed in retaining ponds and ditches.

Federal directive threatens Oregon health reforms

Friday, August 22, 2014

The agency that holds the purse strings for care of Oregon Health Plan members  criticized the state's system for distributing money to coordinated care organizations.

Massive drydock to arrive this weekend

Friday, August 22, 2014

The  $40 million floating drydock will arrive at the Columbia River will carry components that will be assembled by Vigor Industrial.

Ashland "bait bike" stolen three times in one day

Friday, August 22, 2014

Police arrested three people in three different incidents of bike theft over the previous 24 hours.

TriMet awards GlobeSherpa mobile app contract

Friday, August 22, 2014

The contract is part of the transit agencies switch to electronic fares, the Portland high tech company announced Thursday.

Tiny houses to serve as affordable housing

Friday, August 22, 2014

Homes of roughly 200 square feet could be quickly built to house homeless and low-income residents in Portland.

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