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Social entrepreneurship heats up in Portland

thelatestPortland is earning a reputation as a hub for business minds who want to change the world. Several local companies are finding a way to make a profit and actually do a little good for the world at the same time.

FLIR purchases ICx Technologies for $274 million

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Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems announced this morning an agreement to acquire ICx Technologies for $274 million. FLIR, maker of thermal imaging and camera system products, will pay $7.55 per share for the detection and surveillance company based in Arlington, VA.

The Latest: Here Comes Walmart

thelatestWalmart is making plans for seven new stores that could bring an estimated 2,000 jobs to Oregon. The 152,000 square foot Cornelius Supercenter is set to open next Wednesday morning, the first new Walmart in Oregon since 2007.

On The Scene: Web 4.0 engaged content

sceneblogbwDigital brand builder Paul Barron stood in front of social media aficionados and restaurant and hospitality industry folks in Lola's Room, above the Crystal Ballroom.  He surveyed the crowd that included award-winning Tweeters and social media brand developers, there to attend a talk hosted by the Social Media Club of Portland. "Media as we know it is over," Barron said.

A little boost for downtown retail

thelatestDowntown Portland will try to inject the fun back into shopping this fall by joining a host of worldwide cities to indulge in a “Fashion’s Night Out” of events, fashion shows and parties to showcase downtown retail.

Jobs Watch: Lithia back in driver's seat

ben-blogThe last time I spoke with Sid DeBoer, his two key suppliers, GM and Chrysler, had recently declared bankruptcy and his company, Lithia Motors, was recovering from its worst year ever. But he had a plan to turn things around. A year and a half later, it seems to be working.

PDX developer launches next phase of live video

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Portland-based Cascade Web Development has launched a product that takes live video to the next level. From the offices of their 1930's railcar, Cascade Web Development recently introduced new video software called Brandlive.

On The Scene: Portland Saturday Market

sceneblogbwThe Saturday Market is an icon of the craft movement and a Portland institution.  But even the market's dedicated 400-plus vendors never expected the boost a new location would bring for business.

Jobs Watch: Betting on the little guys

ben-blogCan a state agency create jobs without wasting taxpayer money? Business Oregon is trying to do exactly that with its new BOOST program. The program approved its first two grants this week, and if you measure such things by jobs promised per dollar invested, this initiative would seem to have potential.