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Bob's sage advice on staying independent

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Linda Baker
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Linda What does it take to remain an independent business? Managing editor Linda Baker talks to Bob Moore, the 82-year-old founder of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, about not selling out.

 

The business case for retrofitting schools

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Linda Baker
Friday, January 20, 2012

LindaHundreds of schools are expected to collapse in a major quake. Managing editor Linda Baker reports on the business case for seismically upgrading Oregon classroom buildings.

 

Women help power startup scene

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Linda Baker
Thursday, January 12, 2012

LindaOregon’s startup landscape features a growing number of female entrepreneurs and investors. Managing editor Linda Baker reports on a new generation of women-founded companies.

 

Internet search grows in Bend

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Linda Baker
Thursday, January 05, 2012

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Why is Bend is a hotbed of search marketing firms? Managing editor Linda Baker reports on the man, and the company, that birthed SEO in Central Oregon.

 

 

Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing arrives

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Linda Baker
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LindaPersonal carsharing is coming to Portland in February. The new service allows car owners to rent out their own cars and spotlights a new "collaborative consumption" business model.  Managing Editor Linda Baker reports on Getaround.

 

Food-processing jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled workers, say employers

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Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LindaEven though Oregon has a 9 percent unemployment rate, some food-processing companies say they can't find enough mid-skill workers to fill their jobs, and workforce training is lagging in the state. OB managing editor Linda Baker reports from the Oregon Leadership Summit.

 

PDX: More St. Louis, not so much Austin

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Linda Baker
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Portland’s urban peers aren’t quite who we thought they were.  That’s one of the takeaways from a new metro area economic study released this week by the Value of Jobs Coalition. Oregon Business managing editor Linda Baker looks at what cities Portland really resembles.

 
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