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|Friday, September 10, 2010|
BY AMANDA WALDROUPE
A Portland nonprofit has invented a bed that it hopes will help fight the bed bug infestation that has hit apartments, hotels and other buildings throughout the city.
Affordable housing providers for low-income and formerly homeless people have been hit especially hard. Infestations began three or four years ago. Bed bugs breed in large numbers, can go 18 months without eating, and are very small, making it hard to find and kill them.
Central City Concern, an affordable housing developer and social service agency, says its new bed is bed-bug resistant. Its prototype bed is made of angular steel, with splayed feet, which takes advantage of a bed bug’s Achilles heel, a small footpad that makes it impossible for them to climb metal or other smooth surfaces, and there are no crevices where one piece of the bed frame is connected to the next.
“They can’t hide,” says executive director Ed Blackburn. The mattress is durable enough that bugs cannot get inside.
The bed is patent-pending and will be manufactured locally. The prototype was made at the beginning of this year and installed at two apartment complexes operated by Central City. Blackburn hopes to have the beds installed in all of the nonprofit’s 2,000 units and sell it to other housing providers. Blackburn says a price has not yet been set.
“We can really reduce the impact of [bed bugs],” Blackburn says. And then providers can pat — not scratch — themselves on the back.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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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.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Dr. Chong Fang isn’t God. But the assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University is getting closer to figuring out how he put everything together.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
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.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE
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Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
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