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Is the thought of putting your home up for sale giving you jitters? Best believe you aren’t the only homeowner that has felt this way. It’s time to put on those big girl/ big boy pants; and close in on your home. Your new home calls out to you! Here

Rogue Valley Messenger: Your company seems to be at an important crossroads of trends –with more and more household items dependent on batteries, and with a continued concern about sustainability. Any predictions for how people will get their energy for household items ten years from now—and from what sources. Brett

With 100-plus employees, Darex is one of the monster companies in Southern Oregon. Nationally-recognized as a tool sharpening company, they soon as moving into the kitchen with a, well, cutting-edge knife-sharpener. The Messenger sat down with CEO and fourth generation owner of the family business, Matthew Bernard. Rogue Valley Messenger:

2 Yoke Design is a four year old interior design firm focused on bringing sustainable, healthy practices into their design. The firm started in Portland, but recently moved to Southern Oregon. Even more recently, I sat down with Brienne Wasmer, who opened the business at her home in Central Point,

Cars and busses are whizzing by as I’m sitting down outside Case Coffee in Ashland with Cammy Davis. We are right across from Southern Oregon University, and she is telling about her experience as a painter, and more recently, the art of being in business as an artist. Rogue Valley

Two years ago, Cassandra Davis and her partner Joshua Graner started Essential Wipes, a simple specialty wipe using natural ingredients. It has taken off! Already, they have filled more than 10,000 orders and are waiting to hear if NASA will pick them up as a contractor. On a recent autumn

Somewhere in the triangle of farmland between Central Point, Medford, and Jacksonville, I am driving the country roads on a recent brisk autumn day. I’m heading this way to visit Fry Family Farm. Started in 1990, they are a true family farm; the oldest daughter recently returned to help with

In spite of its name, the Secret Book Club isn’t really a book, not the traditional four corners of a printed page way, or even the 21st century Kindle sort of presentation. It is, well, magical. It is organic and interactive storytelling. Cynthia Salbato, who signs her emails “superpowered wishes”

CircleSnap holds the charm of one of those business ideas so practical and obvious it seems as if it should already exist. Essentially, a picture-sharing App, CircleSnap collects, stores and organizes photos by theme—and not just your photos, but collects photos of your kid from other family members, or of

While this backpack is more about camping than campus, we thought that this new backpack company, ME-2 Packs, was the right person to track down for our Back-to-School Mind Your Business column. Currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign, Candace Spears is hoping to introduce her strap-free backpack to the region. A