October 2011

Firefighting business is volatile

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1011_SomethingsBurningThe wildfire season went from dormant to red hot in a matter of weeks in late summer, when a surge of blazes from Dollar Lake to Hell’s Canyon sparked a full-scale mobilization. Thousands of firefighters responded to protect property and natural resources including the Bull Run Watershed, source of Portland’s drinking water. 
 

Trash to cash: Agilyx turns waste plastic into crude oil

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1011_Tactics_01Tigard-based Agilyx is converting waste plastic to crude synthetic oil, and striking gold.
 

Business support for nonprofits grows

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1011_InputGraph_01Oregon businesses’ support for nonprofits continues to grow modestly post recession. However, perceptions that charitable activities help an organization's reputation have declined since then. 
 

When good business meets good works

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011

robin-BLOGOctober is my favorite month, bringing cooler weather, pumpkins and the announcement of our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. It’s our third annual ranking and this year nearly 5,500 employees from 170 nonprofits and not-for-profits participated in the anonymous survey about their workplaces.

 

Video: 100 Best Nonprofits 2011

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011

What makes a great place to work? For any organization, it's a challenge but for some of the tens of thousands of nonprofit companies in Oregon, it can be even harder. See interviews from some of the 100 Best Nonprofit winners to see what makes their organization a great place to work.

 
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