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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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Small business sales go big

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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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Workplace benefits

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Health care and vacations rule. That’s the consensus from our reader poll on workplace benefits that help retain and recruit employees.


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The more they change, the more they stay the same

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The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.


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100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon [VIDEO]

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Check out interviews with employees from some of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon winners and find out what makes their company a great place to work.


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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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The solution to youth unemployment

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Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.


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How to handle the unexpected

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The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


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