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1 The rise of Oregon's solar industry
2 Repos rise as auto loans sink
3 Bad economy spells good business for thrift stores
4 Scoot on over to a better gas bill
5 Finding the energy
6 Micro-business funding gets scarcer
7 Oregon acreage turns to grapes
8 Economist Joe Cortright on the cost of climate change
9 Readers fume over energy issues
10 As the economy slides, business blogs gain fans
11 Business advice from an Oregon wine winery pioneer
12 Cool new cell phones
13 Q&A with former PacifiCorp CEO, Judi Johansen
14 Rising farmers market prices don’t dampen demand
15 Deal Watch: Troubled TRM gets loan, buys company
16 Logging remains vital to rural Oregon
17 Ag prices climb
18 March '08 transportation indicators
19 March '08 real estate and construction indicators
20 March '08 farming, natural resources and energy indicators
21 March '08 employment and business filing indicators
22 Next: purple potato potential
23 Local newspapers are caught in the Net
24 Graphic: Price for gallon of gas vs. gallon of milk
25 Graphic: Oregon landfills get fatter, recycling rate stalls
26 Highway 20 project still sputtering
27 Graphic: Passengers load for foreign airlines at PDX
28 Monaco hits the brakes and fires 600
29 NAU is not the time nor place
30 McCabe heads OECDD
31 Great snow helps all resorts and gas costs hurt some
32 PDX bridge building
33 Thousands of jobs lost
34 The selling of Big Pink
35 HP buys EDS for $13.2B
 

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Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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Buy the book

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2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


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Eking out a living

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It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


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Fuel's gold

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BY SOPHIA BENNETT

The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue. 


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Spring thaw

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The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.


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Branching out

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A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree.


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