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The harder they fall

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Do you like riddles? Try this one: "Why do they need Jon Harder's $3 million share in order to find $7 million when he's holding $21 milion?

 

Fields of few dreams

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Monday, June 01, 2009

ATSWheatWhat will prices be at harvest this year? "That's literally the million dollar question," says Tammy Dennee, executive director of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

 

Pay-by-the-mile insurance targets green drivers

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Monday, June 01, 2009

ATSOdometerJeffrey Lang is hoping the time is finally right to change how drivers pay for car insurance. For years the president of Portland-based Gales Creek Insurance Services has lobbied lawmakers and insurance companies to make the shift to pay-by-the-mile auto insurance.

 

Greens washing

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Monday, June 01, 2009

TacticsEnvironneSay you run a small company that sells a product you believe in passionately, something with enormous potential that has never quite been realized. How do you push it to the tipping point?

 

Dare to dream in a downturn

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Monday, June 01, 2009

steve-BLOGDream or nightmare? It’s December 2007. The Dow hovers around 14,000, and although real estate prices are starting to stagnate, the biggest issue for most small businesses in Oregon is that gasoline is starting to top $3 a gallon.

 

Reader input: Green business practices

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Monday, June 01, 2009
 

Anytime, anywhere

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Monday, June 01, 2009

robin-medThere are lots of green awards out there. Seems like every newspaper, magazine, website, government agency, university and dogcatcher wants to honor a business' green product or green efforts.

 
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