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The class-action lawsuit claims the Oregon nonprofit health insurer is acting like a for-profit company by stockpiling excess funds that support large salaries.

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Portland home builder sold to California construction giant | Print |  Email

Polygon Northwest Company LLC, the largest homebuilder in the Pacific Northwest, was acquired by William Lyons Homes for $520 million.

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Providence Portland $6M guest housing project underway | Print |  Email

Providence Portland Medical Center is constructing a 30-unit guest housing facility, scheduled to open in 2015.

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Ninkasi brewery becomes regional powerhouse | Print |  Email

Based on sales, the Lane County-based brewery is one of the 30 largest craft brewers in the nation.

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Trail Blazers, Ticketmaster to launch partnership | Print |  Email

The Blazers will use the ticket distributor to oversee its ticketing options.

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TriMet files labor complaint against union | Print |  Email

TriMet claims the union representing most of its employees, Amalgamated Transit Union 757, is not following rules for negotiating government contracts.

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Oregon ranks 33rd worst in nation for water pollution | Print |  Email

Environment Oregon reports industrial facilities dumped 1.29 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2012.

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Program offers free coding training | Print |  Email

Code Oregon will offer free coding lessons to teach prospective employees how to develop software apps.

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La Provence to open restaurant in Beaverton | Print |  Email

The French restaurant will be situated on a 4,777-square foot endcap in Progress Ridge TownSquare.

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Puppet Labs raises $40M | Print |  Email

The Portland software maker expects to use the funds to hire more workers.

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Inpria Inc. raises another $1.5M | Print |  Email

The Corvallis-based company raised $1.45 million from the Oregon Angel Fund for new semiconductor production technology.

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Eugene sick leave proposal advances | Print |  Email

The city council voted 6-2 to develop an ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick time to employees.

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Portland debates rules for Airbnb short-term lodging | Print |  Email

Should the web-based short-term rental service allow someone to rent out their bedroom, or their entire unit?

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Updated: Disrupting innovation

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.


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Interview: Dr. Mark Goulston

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
JustListenBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.


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Attack of the Robin Sages

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Monday, July 07, 2014
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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Private liberal arts education: superior outcomes, competitive price

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
0826 thumb collegemoneyBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?


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Two sides of the coin

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Monday, August 25, 2014
0825 thumb moneyBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER

Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.


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Trends in business succession

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
TrendsBY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.


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Podcast: Interview with Pete Friedes

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

082714-thumb friedesbookTom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.


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