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Oregon Convention Center spruces up

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Oregon Convention Center added two local coffee shops and an outdoor plaza.
 

Port of Portland tonnage up

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Port of Portland handled 13.4 million tons of cargo in 2011, its third-best year ever.
 

AFSCME backs Jefferson Smith

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 189 endorsed state Rep. Jefferson Smith for Portland mayor.
 

Boeing profits jump 20 percent

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Boeing's fourth-quarter profits jumped 20% as it delivered more planes.
 

J.C. Penney simplifies pricing

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise and getting rid of hundreds of sales.
 

Oregon executive to lead tourism board

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Travel Oregon's CEO will be leading President Obama's U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory board.
 

Treasurer calls for economic development powerhouse

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is gathering support for his plan to consolidate state business assistance programs.
 
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The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

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Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?


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Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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Trends in business succession

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The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.


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