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Foreclosures will not budge, and neither will some homeowners

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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As the number of foreclosures plateaus, more homeowners are sinking their heels into their properties, refusing to vacate repossessed properties. This is contributing to the bogged down state of the housing market.

 

The hair design business keeps growing

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

thelatestOn Saturday mornings, Beau Monde College of Hair Design in downtown Portland is a hive of energy, with customers coming and going, students honing their skills and even a little dance session to get things started. The scene is emblematic of a niche industry that has grown in Oregon while many others have suffered.

 

California’s brain drain is Oregon’s gain

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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Out-of-state tuition dollars are saving the Oregon University System from financial strains as money for higher education continues to dry up. More and more Californians are pouring into Oregon schools, and university officials are happy to take their money.

 

Change brightens lighting opportunities

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Monday, October 04, 2010

imo-blogIn September, General Electric, with its ties to American inventor and light bulb luminary Thomas Edison, closed its last major incandescent light factory, laying off more than 200 workers.  This seismic shift, mandated by energy efficiency standards, has created headaches for some companies and opportunities for others.

 

Lululemon's ground-level business strategy

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

thelatestAthletic apparel company Lululemon’s marketing strategy includes cupcakes, camp outs, dances and running clubs. It does not include broadcast or print advertising, or any other traditional marketing approaches. The company relies solely on social events, word of mouth and social media to get customers to its stores. Last week it took the unusual step of organizing an overnight camp-out in upscale Bridgeport Village.

 

Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
thelatestThe recently completed Tillamook North Jetty project was awarded to an out-of-state company over local bidders, raising questions about the future use of federal stimulus funds awarded to Oregon projects.
 

Oregon Zoo cashes in on dinosaur fever

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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The Oregon Zoo has extended its animatronic "Prehistoric Predator" exhibit an extra month due to popularity and financial success. The animals will return to extinction on October 3.

 

 

Subsidies dry up for green business

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

thelatestLegislators presented a doom and gloom message to Oregon green business leaders last week: The Oregon General Fund continues to plummet. State subsidies, once readily offered through tax credits to green businesses, will now be more difficult to obtain.

 

Group creates a bed bug fighting bed

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Friday, September 10, 2010

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A Portland nonprofit has invented a bed that it hopes will help fight the bed bug infestation that has hit apartments, hotels and other buildings throughout the city.

 
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