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Altrec Inc. files for bankruptcy

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The e-commerce outdoor gear retailer owes more than $1 million in debts to five Portland-area footwear and apparel brands.

 

Roundhouse helps local start-ups

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Portland advertising agency helps launch small businesses for free.

 

Prominent Portland investor accused of rape

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nitin Khanna, founder of Saber Corp. and CEO of MergerTech, is named in the civil suit.

 

Oregon task force fixing renewable energy mandates

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A panel is measuring the effectiveness of the renewable energy law in order to avoid a ballot fight.

 

City and Portland union group reach agreement

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The City Council and the District Council of Trade Unions announced a tentative agreement on a four-year contract.

 

Hard liquor sales could expand

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A proposal from Oregon lawmakers would triple the number of locations distilled spirits are sold.

 

Eugene airport continues growth

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The airport accommodated 863,523 passengers in 2013.

 
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Small business sales go big

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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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Q & A with Chuck Eggert

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
03.06.14 thumb pacfoodsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

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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Spring thaw

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Spring ThawBY 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.


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The more they change, the more they stay the same

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.


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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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Branching out

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree.


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Buy the book

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


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