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In the end, you pay for those mega endorsements

I’ll be the first to admit it, I don’t get it. And I will repeatedly say, I don’t get it. Sports wear maker Under Armour has reportedly offered Kevin Durant $265 million to endorse its brand. That’s more than Jeff Bezos paid for The Washington Post. That’s almost as much money as the New York [...]

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So how would you define ‘solopreneur’?

If you are an entrepreneur or sole proprietor, this might be for you. Author Jackie B. Peterson will address the opportunities for what she calls solopreneurs during a Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center symposium Sept. 30 at the Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. Peterson defines solopreneur as an individual business owner whose [...]

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Big boy investors chasing after Grocery Outlet

A study done for Wells Fargo Bank 55 percent of Hispanics in the United States

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AmericanWest owners seeking ways to cash out

Private equity shows know no passion for products and services, it simply demands a high rate of return with little consideration to anyone or anything else. Harry & David (Wasserstein & Co.) and Guitar Center (Bain Capital) are local examples of what happens once private equity firms sink their teeth into an otherwise good thing, [...]

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Study finds Oregon’s exports slow to recover

Demand for Oregon products hasn’t kept pace with the rest of the country, following the Great Recession. An economic analysis by Beacon Economics found the state’s share of total U.S. exports has declined in recent years. During the decade prior to the downturn,1997 to 2008, Beacon Economics discovered Oregon’s average real growth for exports was [...]

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Biomass One among USDA’s chosen sites

Biomass One LP on Avenue G in White City is one of 36 energy facilities in 14 states designated by the U.S. Agriculture Department to accept biomass deliveries through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Biomass owners who supply such facilities may qualify for delivery assistance starting this week. The Ag Department said half of the [...]

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Dollar Tree ready to scoop up Family Dollar

When all is said and done, maybe they’ll call it the Family Tree. With the dollar buying significantly less each turn of the calendar, it makes plenty of sense for heavyweights of the dollar-store to combine their resources. Dollar Tree announced its plans today, concerning a $9.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, including debt assumption. The acquisition [...]

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No certainty when it comes to economic news

Alaska Air Group, Boise Cascade and Umpqua Holdings all report second quarter earnings on July 24. Given today’s news from MicroSoft, 18,000 layoffs, and the national housing construction report, new starts down 9.3%, it will be interesting to see how this Northwest trio does. +++ The Oregon Department of Revenue has mailed letters to taxpayers [...]

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More radio stations, fewer AMs than 30 years ago

Inside Radio reports a continued decline in licensed AM radio stations. The number of licensed AM stations fell to their lowest level in more than three decades during the first half of 2014. At the same time the total station number hits another new all-time high:15,425. It appears the YouTube generation is in love with [...]

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Utilities preparing a wintry blast for your wallet

Here’s the essence of what could be best described as an unwelcome announcement today from the Oregon Public Utility Commission: Natural gas prices are likely headed higher this fall according to officials with Oregon’s three regulated natural gas providers. That was the message they delivered to the Commission during the annual Gas Outlook on Tuesday. [...]

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