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|Monday, April 23, 2012|
Starbucks is backing a new fund to provide long-term loans to farmers.
The bulk of microfinance now available to subsistence farmers is directed at short-term or pre-harvest loans. This can help them buy fertilisers and other inputs, but does not help with new equipment or infrastructure.
Ben Packard, head of responsibility at Starbucks, said that while such investments helped improve farmers’ livelihoods, private sector investment was a business decision rather than altruism. “This is not philanthropic,” he added.
Read more at The Financial Times.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER
The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
A new report explores the impact of millennials on Oregon's business and political climate.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
BY OB STAFF
Learn how to green your workplace and lower your environmental footprint at the office. Oregon Business presents a two-hour "Greening Your Workplace" seminar on May 28th, 2014 at the Nines Hotel in Portland.
Friday, March 14, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.
Friday, April 04, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
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