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Bike culture grows in PDX with new business

thelatestPortland, which has already made a name for itself as a hot-spot for cycling culture, is now home to a publishing company that’s hoping to make a splash with home-grown bike activist Mia Birk.

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Law bans employment credit checks

thelatestOregon has become one of a handful of states to limit most employers from legally obtaining or using credit history information on job applicants or employees. The law change has business owners scrambling to understand the fine print.

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Keeping PDX a hot spot for app development

thelatestThe City of Portland is using an innovative approach to improve city life.  After opening up government data sets to outside developers in September the city went one step further by creating an open source design contest for applications or “apps” using PDX data sets to address civic issues.

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The Frog hops as the art world adapts

thelatestThe gallery that has replaced the high-end Lawrence Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District, the Dapper Frog, might be a sign that the art world is adapting to changing economic realities.

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Timbers season ticket sales spike

thelatestThe Portland Timbers have snagged 1,000 season ticket deposits over the past 10 days for their 2011 Major League Soccer inaugural season, as World Cup buzz intensifies and Oregon fans look forward to hitting the big time next April.

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Rain has been berry, berry bad

thelatestSummer officially started this week, finally. This month has set a record for the wettest June ever and it isn’t over yet. The same cool, gray weather that has been depriving us of vitamin D is also  really cutting into berry farm revenue.

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Marijuana advocates plan to appeal reclassification

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The Oregon Board of Pharmacy announced Thursday that it would remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances” to a Schedule II classification – meaning the board recognizes that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use. Oregon is the first state in the nation to take such a step, contradicting the federal government's stance on marijuana. But advocates still are disappointed and plan to appeal.
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ClearEdge scores $40 million in Korea - next stop Oregon?

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ClearEdge, the fuel cell company headquartered in Hillsboro, made major headlines last week by announcing a $40 million agreement with Korea's LS Industrial Systems.  Despite being an Oregon company ClearEdge has yet to target Oregon as a market. Mike Upp, ClearEdge's Vice President of marketing said that is about to change.

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Apartment Mania

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While most categories of commercial real estate have performed well, one of the most robust has been apartment buildings.

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An uncertain future

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Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.

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