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OLCC director steps down

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director Steve Pharo is retiring after more than six years.

 

Reactions mixed to Eugene bag ban

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Eugene City Council's decision to ban plastic bags received a mixed reception from local consumers.

 

Lane County unemployment falls

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Unemployment fell almost one full percentage point to 8.5% in Lane County as several sectors added jobs.

 

Eugene bans plastic bags

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Eugene City Council approved a ban on thin plastic bags from all the city's retailers.

 

Toyota buys Oregon forklift attachment manufacturer

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Toyota Industries acquired Fairview-based forklift attachment manufacturer Cascade Corporation for $759 million.

 

Portland home values up 4.8 percent

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Portland-area home prices have rebounded 4.8% in the last year, the biggest year-over-year gain since April 2007.

 

Chirpify brings social commerce to Instagram

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Portland startup Chirpify expanded its service of enabling financial transactions from Twitter to Instagram.

 
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Small business sales go big

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BY BRANDON SAWYER

Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Why I became an educator

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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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Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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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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Closing the gap: Community colleges and workforce training

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.


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Speeding up science

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.


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Q & A with Chuck Eggert

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
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The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.


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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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