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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.

Solar co-op shines in Salem

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The solar co-op effort, which originated in Portland, made its way to Salem yesterday with a goal of bringing solar energy to 100 area residences. The initiative is part of a grass-roots model that provides bulk-pricing to homeowners who want to install solar panels on their homes.

On The Scene: Social networking in the corporate world

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Four panel members from very different social media backgrounds, ranging from one whose company blocks social media unless approved by management to one who counsels businesses on avoiding lawsuits stemming from social media, came together to discuss how social media is rapidly changing the business world. 

Hamburger Mary's back in town

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The legendary Hamburger Mary’s is headed back to Portland and sparking a fury of excitement, especially from the gay community that remembers the flamboyant and popular burger joint from years past. The franchise announced it's planning to make the Rose City its 11th outlet, but has kept the location under wraps while negotiating a lease.

Jobs Watch: Innovation, from A to Z

ben-blogI got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Nees and Bryce Yonker the other day, and within an hour my story idea list had doubled in size. There’s a lot going on with tech innovation in Oregon, and Nees, who’s been president of the Software Association of Oregon for about a year now, and his colleague Yonker have a sharp inside view of not only what’s happening, but also what’s coming.

Editor's Notes: resort group thinks small

robin-BLOGEarlier this month I wrote a 4,000-word story on the shaky future of large destination resorts in Oregon. Here’s the abridged version: The housing collapse, over-saturation and public outcry has stalled any new big resorts, those given an exemption to build outside urban growth boundaries in hopes of spurring tourism for rural economies.

Jobs Watch: Jive Talkin'

ben-blogMy conference call with two Jive Software executives on Monday was quite a workout. It isn’t easy to type in synch with people so excited about their prospects that they can barely complete a sentence without flinging out phrases like “ awesome growth trajectory,” “totally stoked” and (avert your eyes now) “kicking ass and taking names.”

On The Scene: Wyden's beer bash

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Sen. Ron Wyden met with members of the Oregon craft brewing community to discuss his proposed tax breaks.  Out of all of Oregon's industries, why should the government be helping brewers?