Small business and startups

Small business and startups
Business heats up for small food processors
December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_SmallFoods_02As the state’s economic malaise continues to suck the life out of industry after industry, one sector has withstood the worst of the blows. Food processing in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as a whole has grown over the last few years, according to industry statistics. The state’s estimated $12 billion food processing industry has its giants but its true strength lies in its small businesses.

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Biodegradable diaper company expands
December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_gNappiesSix years after launching gDiapers, a privately held Portland company that manufactures reusable and biodegradable diaper products, co-founders Jason and Kim Graham-Nye are expanding to the United Kingdom with a new brand, gNappies.

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Farm stores take root in urban areas
December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_FarmStores_02When the chickens came home to roost, so did the urban farm store business.

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Artisan soap's sudsy success
December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_Soap_02Oregonians are buying artisan, whether it is gloves they purchase from a crafter on the website Etsy, home-brewed beer they buy from a co-worker, or specialty cheese they pick up at a farmer’s market. Add to the list: handcrafted bar soap.

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Company composts pet waste
December 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1211_PoopComposting_02When Steve Dreiling took over son Lance Donavan’s Green Pet Compost Company in early 2011 it had 100 clients. It now has 200 residential clients in the Portland metro area (as well as Gig Harbor, Wash., where Dreiling lives) and 10-12 commercial clients, including the Stay Pet Hotel and Sniff Dog Hotel in Portland.

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