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Ethanol project fuels optimism

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_EthanolProjectSeventy jobs may not seem like a lot. But to tiny Clatskanie (population: 1,710) in Columbia County, it’s 70 more people spending money locally who weren’t spending it before.

 

Hood River outpaces the state

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_HoodRiver_01At a time when the economies of many Oregon cities and towns are fragile and shrinking, Hood River is enjoying slow and steady growth.

 

Outside the box

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_OutsideTheBox_02It takes a village to raise a business. That’s the attitude adopted by GO Box, a startup that aims to reduce waste generated by disposable food cart containers. The company, which launched this past summer, relies on a volunteer network of local shops and restaurants to help distribute its reusable food cart containers.

 

Boutique social media firms carve a market niche

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_BoutiqueSocialMedia_01The wall-sized whiteboard inside Portland’s DoJo Agency is dotted with what have become the most important words in Portland’s ever-dynamic media ecosystem: Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Maybe you’ve heard of them.

 

Barhyte Specialty Foods' success

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_Tactics_01Chris Barhyte keeps a stack of unopened letters in his offices from would-be buyers of the family business. “I don’t even open them any more,” he says. “I’m just not interested in selling. I’d probably have to put on a suit.”

 

Business confidence is slipping

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
1111_InputGraph_01Our latest survey on business confidence shows that, like the nation, jobs are the No. 1 concern for Oregon business leaders.
 

Dig it: behind the numbers

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Articles - November 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1111_EditorLetterResearch editor Brandon Sawyer launches in this issue Data Dig, an occasional series that looks underneath the hood of various business and economic topics.

 
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