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Organic catalysts help drugs work effectively

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Articles - September 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
0911_NextA team at OSU developed an organic catalyst to help facilitate the chemical reactions that make drugs work effectively.
 

Powerlist: Staffing firms

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This month's powerlist ranks staffing firms by full-time staff in Oregon.

 

Ashland's new age economy

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

0911_HarmonicConvergence_09From Jackson Wellsprings to Pacific Domes, businesses built to serve a higher purpose and make a buck are moving into Ashland.

 

Carpenters union attacks wage fraud

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_UndergroundFight_01As jobs remain tight, competition stays fierce and Hispanic labor grows, a carpenters union attacks fraud in the construction industry with controversial tactics.
 

Private sector shapes education reform

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

0911_EducationOregon’s business community scored a triumph in education reform this session, an effort that spotlights how the private sector — sometimes controversially — is shaping education reform and funding.

 

Prices for farm products increase

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_IndicatorsGraph_03Farmers have been getting more for their goods. The July 2011 price index for all farm products was up 31% over 2010, with crops up 41% and livestock up 18%.
 

Oregon economic indicators as of June 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
 
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Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

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The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

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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Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

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Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.


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Small business sales go big

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BY BRANDON SAWYER

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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Eking out a living

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04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

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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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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