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State certifies industrial properties | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

thelatestState economic development officials have certified three large industrial properties in an attempt to brighten the jobs outlook in Prineville, The Dalles and Ontario.

 
Military boosts solar power business | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
thelatestA military authorization law signed by President Obama on Friday could boost Oregon's solar industry. That's because a provision buried deep within the document requires the Department of Defense to buy American solar panels.
 
On the Scene: Bushwhacker Cidery | Print |  Email
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Monday, January 10, 2011
sceneblogbwA longtime staple of pubs in England, alcoholic cider also has a long tradition in the U.S. That is why Johnny Appleseed planted his seeds, after all. And now the nation's first modern ciderhouse has landed smack dab in brewery-centric Portland.
 
State bans telemarketer | Print |  Email
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Thursday, January 06, 2011

thelatestAttorney General John Kroger has banned a major national telemarketing firm from operating in Oregon. Sadly, the agreement has no impact whatsoever on the annoying fundraisers who stalk pedestrians in downtown Portland.

 
The economy and sales representatives | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly tackles the challenges that business leaders will face in 2011. Up first: sales representatives get discouraged in a recession. Sales staffs may have been reduced, and sales reps are spending too much time taking orders from repeat customers. What should a manager do?
 
An export to build on | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

imo-blogDay after day, rail cars full of a mysterious white powder, marketed by a cartel and desired by people all over the world, stream into Portland.  This powder, responsible for hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for local businesses, illustrates an important, if not often discussed, strength of our region’s economy.

 
Cultivating creativity | Print |  Email
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Monday, January 03, 2011

imo-blogMany CEOs feel creativity should be limited to new-product development and advertising.  They are missing out in a big way.

 
Umpqua cruises into Hawthorne | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

thelatestUmpqua Bank opened its newest location today on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, a branch styled as a folksy hangout to further the bank's goal of embedding in Portland neighborhoods. This is the first of five "stores" that Umpqua plans to build through 2011, an expansion by 25% within the metro area for Oregon's dominant regional bank.

 
Nike on track for a $20 billion year | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

thelatestNike's fiscal second-quarter earnings increased 22%, exceeding analyst expectations of Oregon's largest company.

 
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