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Friday, April 26, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

04.26.13 Thumbnail SquareI’ve recently come to realize it’s hip to be square. I decided this some months ago when I was helping present a powerful workshop to a corporate group, and one participant – let’s call him Joe – almost missed the boat. 

 

 
Small business owners gloomier in Oregon | Print |  Email
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

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BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

Oregon prides itself on being a small-business state, but its moms-and-pops and start-ups are not feeling loved. According to a recent survey of small business owners, the state's economy is worse off than the rest of the country.

 
Technology meets the creative class | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, April 25, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.25.13 Thumbnail BradSmithThe first WebVisions conference took place in Portland in 2001 and drew 150 people. Now the annual conference, aimed at exploring the future of the web, attracts about 1,200 people from around the world. Executive director Brad Smith speaks about the blurring of the line between techies and designers, and how this convergence will transform the business world.

 
Oregon lawmakers moonlight as amateur scientists | Print |  Email
Opinion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
BY SEN. ALAN OLSEN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

04.24.13 Thumbnail DredgeMining2 Last week the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted on two bills to ban legally permitted small-scale mining operations on Oregon's waterways. I voted against both bills for one simple reason: not once was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to the environment.

 
Things fall apart | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

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SoloPower's closure caps a gloomy 10 days for Oregon business leaders.

 

 

 

 
Public safety reform offers better return on investment | Print |  Email
Opinion
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
BY RYAN DECKERT, NIK BLOSSER AND J. DAVID ZEHNTBAUER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

04.23.13 Thumbnail PrisonIf what we strive for as a state is education over incarceration, now is the time for business leaders and elected officials to face Oregon’s expensive public safety system with the same courage and forward-thinking that has made Oregon famous in the health care reform arena.

 
More than $9B invested in Oregon renewable resources | Print |  Email
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Monday, April 22, 2013
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.26.12 SolarPanelThumbnailInvestment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon totals over $9 billion, according to a new report by the Renewable Northwest Project released for Earth Day.

 

 
Rough & Ready closes; Nike disses South Waterfront | Print |  Email
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Friday, April 19, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateRough & Ready, the 90-year old mill featured in our current issue, shut down yesterday.

 

 

 

 
Portland's jobs flee the urban core | Print |  Email
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

04.18.13 Thumbnail CommuteWhile residential flight to the suburbs ebbed in the last decade or two amid urban gentrification, most jobs are still migrating outward according to a new Brookings report.

 

 

 
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