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The Original Pancake House ignores the competition
June 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010

0610_Tactics01The Original Pancake House has an unusual business playbook: the family plan.

It's certainly an unusual business playbook: buy only the best ingredients, don’t keep track of food costs, don’t advertise, don’t crunch numbers, don’t chase trends, ignore the competition, value relationships over profit, don’t answer the phone, worship butter. Don’t change. Anything. Ever.

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So many apps: Mobspot helps users choose
June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS01There are more than 185,000 apps and growing in Apple’s App Store, and users are feeling overwhelmed. In April Ben Jacobsen of Portland startup Mobspot and three co-founders launched a social network for app users that works with Facebook and Twitter to show which apps your friends are using.

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eROI prepares for a leap
June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS05After distinguishing itself as one of Oregon’s fastest-growing private companies in 2007, the 46-employee Portland-based e-marketing firm eROI saw its growth slow through 2008 and 2009. But don’t blame the recession.

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Gresham shops celebrate a fee holiday
June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS09Like most cities around the state, Gresham has been hard hit by the commercial real estate crash. Its downtown core is dotted with vacant storefronts, left behind by businesses that failed or moved out of town. But unlike most cities, Gresham decided one way to bring business back to its downtown was to waive all development-related fees as well as first-year license fees.

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Rewards card could boost Portland's local economy
High Five
Thursday, May 27, 2010

The "Supportland" rewards card aims to make supporting local businesses in Portland simple and rewarding.

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