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March 2010

Portland developer builds app business

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

OBMRavenZachary-115Small Society founder Raven Zachary realized that the money was not in writing your own killer app and reaping profits from the App Store, but in building apps for other people who want to get in on the action.

 

Precision Castparts grows with 15th acquisition

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oregon’s fastest-growing public company has grown even more formidable — and complicated — with its recent acquisition of a 49% share in Yangzhou Chengde Steel Tube Co. of Jiangsu Province, China.

 

"Economic gardening" nurtures small businesses

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Economic developers are beginning to focus on growing Oregon’s small businesses by targeting those with a potential for quick growth and sharing tactical information typically sourced only by big businesses.

 

Oregon's first crafts guild launches

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Articles - March 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oregon’s first guild comprised of historic preservation craftsmen is expected to be launched this month providing craftspeople with networking and marketing opportunities to attract new business.

 

Stagecraft Industries serves Northwest productions

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Articles - March 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010

stagelightColorful samples of velour curtains, lighting tracks and pulley systems in Stagecraft Industries’ offices are hints to the company’s work: producing the backstage infrastructure that makes the magic of musicals and plays across the Northwest.

 

Intel hones green-power strategy

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Intel’s announcement that it will install solar power systems at four locations nationwide including Hillsboro represents the company’s most recent tactic in a sweeping global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Laika plans next act after successful year

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Articles - March 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010

travisRegardless of how Coraline fares at the Academy Awards, it has been a triumphant awards season for independent animation studio Laika.

 
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