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Precision Castparts grows with 15th acquisition

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Articles - March 2010
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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Articles - March 2010
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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Articles - March 2010
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.

 

Recession creates buyback boom

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Articles - March 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010

IMG_7985Storeowners throughout the state who offer customers the option of selling their books, CDs or clothes for cash or in-store credit are noticing that the recession has caused the buyback culture to increase dramatically.

 
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Tech makes the world go round

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
03.20.14 thumb internetBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.


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Car ignition recalls and lean product design

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04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


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Small business sales go big

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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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Spring thaw

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Spring ThawBY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER

The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.


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Powerlist: Meeting perspectives

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BY BRANDON SAWYER

A conversation about the event-planning industry with sales directors from McMenamins and the Portland Art Museum. 


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Fuel's gold

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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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Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

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Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.


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