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The 2013 100 Best Companies are announced

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Linda Baker
Friday, March 01, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OREGON BUSINESS EDITOR

0313 Cover ThumbnailThe 20th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon list was announced Thursday night at an awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center. There were 273 companies participating in this year’s 100 Best survey, which analyzes Oregon companies’ best practices toward creating great places to work. This year, almost 14,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.

 

Business accelerator mini-boom continues

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Linda Baker
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
BY LINDA BAKER | OREGON BUSINESS EDITOR

01.24.13 Thumbnail MentorNew business accelerators sprout, underscoring their importance to the entrepreneurial ecosystem while raising questions about incubator success rates.
 
 

 

Portland downtown retail market heats up

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Linda Baker
Thursday, January 17, 2013

01.17.13 Thumbnail PortlandRetailAs plans for new stores and developments move forward, Portland's downtown retail district is undergoing a new, iconic growth phase.

 

High-speed rail inches forward

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Linda Baker
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

01.15.13 Thumbnail TrainTwenty years after the Pacific Northwest was designated a high-speed rail corridor, Oregon begins planning a Eugene-to-Portland high-speed rail project.

 

John Mitchell predicts cloudy economy, few silver linings

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Linda Baker
Thursday, January 10, 2013

t JohnMitchellDuring a talk at the Portland Business Alliance Forum, Oregon economist John Mitchell predicts slow progress for 2013, long-term stagnation and an epic clash of generations.

 

Gun business booming

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Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12.18.12 Thumbnail GunsIn the aftermath of recent shootings, Oregon gun businesses report an increase in sales, and a surge in the personal protection market.

 

The world according to Mark Nelson

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Linda Baker
Friday, December 14, 2012

12.14.12 Thumbnail LobbyistAn influential Salem lobbyist weighs in on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s health care and early childhood learning plans, the future of Oregon Head Start and the inner workings of that mysterious entity, the Oregon Committee.

 

Business leaders display united front

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Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

12.04.12 Thumbnail SummitAt the Oregon Leadership Summit, business and government leaders unite in calling for PERS reform, education investment and a decision on the Columbia River Crossing.

 

Long-term care for seniors due for revamp

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Linda Baker
Thursday, November 29, 2012

11.29.12 Thumbnail SeniorsAs health care reform efforts get under way nationally, Oregon's Department of Human Services embarks on effort to modernize long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities.

 

Science, technology as economic drivers

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Linda Baker
Thursday, November 15, 2012

11.15.12 Thumbnail ScienceThe national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer conference held this week in Portland underscores the role of science and technology innovation as a national economic development strategy.

 

The uncertain value of economic forecasts

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Linda Baker
Thursday, November 08, 2012

11.07.12 Thumbnail FinancialConflicting economic forecasts point to the need for more analysis in a data-saturated age.

 
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