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Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad defies order to stop work

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Monday, March 31, 2014

The state ordered the company to stop rebuilding sections of the railroad because it lacks a permit to put material into the Salmonberry River.

 

Intel invests in software maker

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Monday, March 31, 2014

The chipmaker invested $740 million for an 18% share in Cloudera.

 

Tigard cell company annual sales up 35%

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Monday, March 31, 2014

As Consumer Cellular approaches $500 million in annual revenue, the company will sell its phones at Target.

 

Women continue to open more businesses in Portland

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Monday, March 31, 2014

The city hosts 69,000 women-owned businesses, up by about 400 since 2013.

 

Oregon could cancel highway projects

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The state could lose about $150 million annually if Congress is unable to find additional money for the Highway Trust Fund.

 

Small businesses can claim health insurance credit

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Cover Oregon reached an agreement with 12 insurance carriers to allow some businesses that sign up late to qualify for federal tax credit.

 

Oregon DEQ to fine oil train terminal $117,292

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality says the terminal near Clatskanie violated state law by moving more crude oil than allowed.

 
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Green your workplace

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
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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.


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The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

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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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Small business sales go big

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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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Workplace benefits

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Health care and vacations rule. That’s the consensus from our reader poll on workplace benefits that help retain and recruit employees.


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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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Eking out a living

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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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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