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Business Briefcase published Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010

The Peddler Pub, a new section inside the Apple Peddler in Harbor, continues its grand opening celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 24.

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The 2010 Business Outlook Conference is all day Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Brookings Elks Lodge. Save $5 by registering in advance with the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 541-469-3181.

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Thinking about construction in or near a body of water? There’s a special one-day workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Best Western Beachfront Inn. Register through Southwestern Oregon Community College, 541-247-2755 or 541-469-5017.

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Do you need to see some State of Oregon information in a language other than English for yourself or a customer? The Web pages at www.Oregon.gov can now be seen in a dozen different languages. Just select one in the upper right corner of the home page.

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Latest job numbers (November) from the Oregon Employment Department show Curry County with a jobless rate of 11.9 percent, down from 13.8 percent in October, but up from 9.8 percent in November 2008. For comparison, the Coos County rate was 12.8 percent, the Oregon rate was 11.1 percent and the U.S. rate was 10 percent. See the full report at www.QualityInfo.org.

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   Do you have notes for the Pilot’s Business Briefcase? Send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , fax them to 541-469-4679, mail them to P.O. Box 700, or drop by the Pilot office at 507 Chetco Ave.

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