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Oregon Business ranks top 3

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_OBTop3Oregon Business has been named one of the top three small business-to-business publications in the nation by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
 

Portland home to chicken-sitting business

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_WhatTheCluckPortland is home to what may be the nation’s first chicken-sitting business: Just Us Hens. 
 

The Dalles sees payoff in a decade of steady effort

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_TheDallesAfter about a decade of slow but steady growth, The Dalles continues to pursue a balanced model of development: gentrifying the area’s downtown with wine bars, cafés and streetscape improvements while also preserving industrial land necessary to attract employment.
 

Questions linger on pricey toxic cleanup

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_PriceyCleanupEnvironmental officials are quick to assert that Oregon’s most expensive publicly funded cleanup is not failing from an environmental perspective. But from a real estate perspective, the $55 million cleanup of the former McCormick & Baxter creosote factory in North Portland has created complications.
 

Made-in-Oregon grills gain popularity

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_MakGrillsBob and Kerrie Tucker expanded their precision metal shop, MAK Metals, from 6,000 to 30,000 square feet as the recession spread in 2008. They launched their first consumer product, MAK grills, in July 2009. Next they had to convince people to spend $2,000 on a barbecue in a terrible economy. It worked.
 

Bioplastic businesses grow

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_BioBusinessPortland’s upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags, which goes into effect in October, is one sign cities — and consumers — are moving away from petroleum-based plastic bags and food packaging. Growth in Oregon’s “biobased” food packaging industry — companies that use plant-based starches to manufacture bags, food containers, and tableware — is another.
 

Pendleton launches Portland collection

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
0911_PendletonPendleton Woolen Mills launches its Portland Collection in September. The Oregon business is steeped in tradition and rich in heritage but for decades their clothes missed the mark with fashion-conscious consumers.
 
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