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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.

 

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.

 

The year of the river

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Linda Baker
Thursday, November 01, 2012

11.01.12 Thumbnail WillametteAfter decades of indifference or neglect, the Willamette River is emerging as a star attraction in urban renewal efforts.

 

Realizing biotech's promise

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Linda Baker
Thursday, October 25, 2012

10.25.12 Thumbnail MicroscopeAfter a decade of promises, Oregon's biotech sector shows signs of growth, although lack of venture capital and business accelerators continue to thwart industry development.

 

The entrepreneur's perfect pitch

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Linda Baker
Thursday, October 11, 2012

10.11.12 Thumbnail EntrepreneurAt OEN's latest PubTalk, aspiring entrepreneurs get feedback from investor panel as they pitch products and services ranging from mobile apps to sustainable food solutions.

 

Tenants drive green building results

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Linda Baker
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

10.03.12 Thumbnail GreenBuildingThe LEED Gold certification of the Fox Tower spotlights the role of tenants in achieving energy and cost savings in green building.

 

The flight of Hummingbird

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Linda Baker
Thursday, September 27, 2012

09.27.12 Thumbnail HummingbirdAfter years spent laying the groundwork, pioneering natural foods companies in Eugene are experiencing a surge in growth, including Hummingbird Wholesale.

 
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