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Portland startup Chirpify simplifies financial transactions

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The financial technology startup announced Monday that it now accepts credit cards for its social commerce transactions.

 

Portland creative agencies score wins for Nike

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Portland-based Cardboard Castle and Mutt Industries won ADDY awards for their work on Nike commercials.

 

Researchers question Monsanto's testing accuracy claims

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Researchers who identified Monsanto's genetically modified wheat say seed giant's questioning of test results is unfounded.

 

Umatilla chemical depot to become business center

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Monday, June 10, 2013

The federal government is preparing to transfer its more than 9,000 acres to local control, and businesses could be recruited by 2014.

 

New bill addresses Marion County health care dispute

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Arguments over Oregon Health Plan money in Marion County has come to the Legislature in the form of HB 3309.

 

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici to promote U.S. manufacturing

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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Oregon Democrat is meeting Monday morning with the owner of a maker of sports bras, in part to draw attention to bills Bonamici says would promote U.S.-based manufacturing.

 

"Tech4Change" awards Ecovaluate grand prize

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Monday, June 10, 2013

The weekend's startup event presented by Mercy Corps and Seattle-based Startup Weekend attracted 70 participants, including one from Egypt.

 
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The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


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Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

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Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.


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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?


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Why I became an educator

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
03.04.14 thumbnail teachBY DEBRA RINGOLD | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

How can we strengthen the performance of institutions charged with teaching what Francis Fukuyama calls the social virtues (reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust) necessary for successful markets and democracy itself?


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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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BY BRANDON SAWYER

A conversation about the event-planning industry with sales directors from McMenamins and the Portland Art Museum. 


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Eking out a living

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


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