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On Biz: Hair stylist opens salon in Rice Hill (1)

July 20, 2014 — 

After several years of working as an independent contractor for a hair salon in Yoncalla, Chelsea Wahlstrom decided to fulfill a dream and strike out on her own. In early …

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Homegrown in Douglas County: Jack Mathis Construction celebrating 60 years (2)

July 20, 2014 — 

Editor’s Note: The following is the 21st in a series — Homegrown in Douglas County — that appears on The News-Review Business page. Profiles of companies with roots deep in …

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Chamber Corner: Wine walk and park music livens up Myrtle Creek (3)

July 20, 2014 — 

Downtown Myrtle Creek was certainly a fine place to have been July 10, and even though the temperature was a bit on the high side, hundreds of people came out …

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Small Business: What challenges face your business? (4)

July 20, 2014 — 

Starting a business is an achievement, but maintaining one can be the bigger challenge. There are many day-to-day tests that face every business owner, whether the business is large or …

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Drone gives Roseburg real estate agent bird’s-eye view (5)

July 13, 2014 — 

Gorden Hanks worked the toggles of the controller like a kid in a toy store. But this was serious business as he maneuvered a hexacopter a few feet off the …

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Legally Speaking: There is more than one way to leave a note for paramedics (6)

July 13, 2014 — 

One of my previous columns discussed the main Oregon health care directive document, the Advance Directive. An additional step for people with an advanced illness or who are nearing the …

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Chamber Corner: RV park provides cool riverside setting in Elkton (7)

July 13, 2014 — 

It’s July. It’s hot and a little muggy inland, with fog and wind at the coast. The kids are bored with no school. It’s two months’ wait for reservations in …

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On Biz: Juice business has a healthy outlook (8)

July 13, 2014 — 

Years after playing in the fruit orchards and the vegetable fields as a little girl, Alexis Kitzman has returned to Brosi’s Sugartree Farm as a businesswoman. Kitzman, 26, and her …

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Roseburg Book & Stationery continues under new ownership (9)

July 7, 2014 — 

Gary and Janice Quist have sold Roseburg Book & Stationery after 21 years of ownership, but they feel like the business is still in the family. That’s because they sold …

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Energy Spotlight: Roseburg coffee shop brews up ways to reserve resources (10)

July 7, 2014 — 

Owners Nick and Melissa Wecks of River Blendz Coffee are in their fourth year in the shop at 4121 N.E. Stephens, just south of Costco in Roseburg. They’ve learned a …

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Alpaca business looks to slowly rebound and develop (11)

July 6, 2014 — 

SUTHERLIN — Ten years ago, there were some Douglas County born and raised alpacas that sold for $15,000 to $20,000 apiece. Breeding the animals became a big business in the …

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Small Business: The culture of customer service (12)

July 6, 2014 — 

I was recently asked by a business owner how to create a culture of good customer service. “I think my employees provide good service,” she said, “but how do I …

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On Biz: Barber turns inland to buy business (13)

July 6, 2014 — 

Ten years of the rain and fog on the Oregon coast was enough for Esther Lyon. She was looking to take her barbering skills inland and at the same time …

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Umpqua Dairy honors 50-year employee (14)

June 29, 2014 — 

Karol Orth would prefer that June 30 be treated like just another day of work at Umpqua Dairy Products in Roseburg. But the longtime family owned company isn’t going to …

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Glide-area ranch producing solid harvest of olives and oil (15)

June 29, 2014 — 

GLIDE — Any doubts about the ability to grow olives and bottle the oil in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains have been pitted against the facts. The River Ranch, …

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Century Ranch: Diversity has been key to longevity of Langdon Ranch (16)

June 29, 2014 — 

RICE HILL — Late in his long life, Delbert Langdon suggested to his son, Jim Langdon, that he bring appaloosa horses back to the family ranch. The son took the …

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New Umpqua Business Center director ready to help small businesses in Douglas County (17)

June 29, 2014 — 

With 25 years of experience in different facets of small business, Anya Petersen-Frey is eager to share that knowledge in Douglas County. She will have that opportunity in her position …

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On Biz: Myrtle Creek store tries something new (18)

June 29, 2014 — 

After about 10 years of owning and operating one of several convenience stores in the Myrtle Creek and Tri City area, Micki and Steve Liu decided to try something different. …

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Small Business: Developing a sales strategy is important to a business’ success (19)

June 29, 2014 — 

Operating a small business is a balancing act for most owners in regards to managing all the areas of the business: daily operations, employees, inventory control, bookkeeping, marketing, sales and …

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Chamber Corner: Riddle ready for July 4th festivities (20)

June 29, 2014 — 

The Riddle Lions Club and the Riddle Area Chamber of Commerce are busy gearing up for the annual Sawdust Jubilee. This year’s celebration will start with a kickoff dinner from …

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