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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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Accent Optical Technologies may finally get the capital it needs to grow, thanks to a pending buyout by Silcon Valley-based Nanometrics. Executives at Accent Optical, which makes manufacturing tools for the semiconductor industry, looked hard at a public offering in 2004 but decided compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations was too costly and eventually backed away. Nanometrics, traded on Nasdaq, had $68 million in revenues last year; Accent had $42 million. Nanometrics has offered Accent shareholders a 27% stake in the new combined company and will assume $10.6 million in Accent debt, for a total deal size of roughly $80.9 million. Bruce Rhine, Accent’s CEO, is slated to become Nanometrics’ chief strategy officer. Nanometrics CEO John Heaton, based in Milpitas, Calif., says the new company will keep Accent’s small Bend office open if the deal is approved by Accent shareholders later this spring.

 

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Fuel's gold

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY SOPHIA BENNETT

The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue. 


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100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon [VIDEO]

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Monday, March 03, 2014

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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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On fire

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

A self-proclaimed “chile head,” John Ford “grows, eats and does everything spicy.” 


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The 2014 List: The Top 34 Medium Companies to Work, For in Oregon

March 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014

100best14logoWebOur 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.

 


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The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

March 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014

100best14logoWebOur 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.

 


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How to handle the unexpected

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Friday, March 28, 2014
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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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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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