July/August 2012

At 26, "my businesses are my life"

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 Dispatches YoungInnovatorHe runs a successful business growing and selling exotic coral from around the world. He gets fabric from China and has it sewn into cloth flowerpots at a factory in the Philippines, which he then imports and sells nationwide. And yet 26-year-old Ian McMenamin failed his international distribution class at the University of Oregon three times.

 

Climbing the startup ladder

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 GamePlan LadderTite 02Ron Gandy and his son, Justin, were well into the development of their ladder-safety device, Ladder-Tite, in 2011 when Justin unexpectedly passed away at age 21. The loss nearly derailed the entire endeavor.

 

It's the bomb

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 GamePlan SkyResearch01During the dangerous days of World War II, U.S. Navy ships in need of a resupply would motor up to a supply depot at the Port of Seattle, likely dumping spent rounds and unneeded munitions overboard to expedite the process.

 

Back to the future

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 GamePlan SawyerPaddlesOver the past 20 years, Pete Newport has worked as a kayak instructor, marketing manager for Pepsi-Cola and owner of Bend-based Breedlove Guitar Company, which he grew to $10 million in sales before selling the company in 2010. Now Newport is embarking on yet another venture, as president of Talent-based Sawyer Paddles & Oars.

 

Oregon pension funding better than most

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Monday, July 09, 2012

A recent Pew Center on the States report found that most states are struggling to meet the long-term costs of their public-employee pensions and retiree health care benefits, largely due to the lingering effects of investments made before the financial crisis.

 

Rx for overload

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 Launch MontrueDoctors today face increasing regulatory documentation requirements that involve entering every lab test and prescription into a computer, a cumbersome process that often means leaving the patient alone.

 

Live, work, play: Emily Powell

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Monday, July 09, 2012

0712 LiveWorkPlay EmilyPowellEmily Powell always knew she wanted to run her family’s namesake bookstore.

 
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