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Biodegradable diaper company expands

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Articles - December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_gNappiesSix years after launching gDiapers, a privately held Portland company that manufactures reusable and biodegradable diaper products, co-founders Jason and Kim Graham-Nye are expanding to the United Kingdom with a new brand, gNappies.

 

Business heats up for small food processors

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Articles - December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_SmallFoods_02As the state’s economic malaise continues to suck the life out of industry after industry, one sector has withstood the worst of the blows. Food processing in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as a whole has grown over the last few years, according to industry statistics. The state’s estimated $12 billion food processing industry has its giants but its true strength lies in its small businesses.

 

Mac's List of job postings grows

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Articles - December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_MacsList_02Mac’s List, now a weekly newsletter of job postings that goes to nearly 9,000 subscribers, and a website with 36,000 visitors a month — not to mention a Facebook page and a Twitter account — recently graduated from a sideline to a business with a life of its own.

 

Remaking history at the Columbia Gorge Hotel

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Articles - December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_Tactics_01Vijay Patel builds a hotel empire and crowns it with the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

 

Confidence game

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Articles - December 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011

1211_InputGraphBusiness leaders get information about news, events, public policies and products from a variety of sources. In this month’s Input we asked our readers to what extent they trusted that information.

 

Backward and forward

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Articles - December 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011

robin2011The New Year approaches, triggering the annual reflex to assess the year gone by. It was a year of impressive anniversaries for Oregon Business: 
the magazine turned 30, and our 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project turned 18.

 
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