Saving early for college tuition

Beth Cooper helped her 9-year-old son, Jace, open his own bank account, where he stashes half his $4-a-week allowance. He was thrilled when the balance reached $100. “Mom,” he said, “surely I can pay for college now.” The price of tuition, even at state schools, has been rising faster than middle-class families’ earnings. According to a recent report by the student loan company Sallie Mae, families draw on grants, scholarships, paychecks and savings, but still end up borrowing heavily for coll

Serving farmers and farm communities still the heart of Wilco: Top Workplaces 2015

Wilco has expanded its reach by bringing the farm to the city. Farmers banded together to create the Mt. Angel-based supply cooperative in 1967. Providing equipment, products and services to farms remains at the co-op's core, and accounted for about a third of its $220 million revenue in 2014. Fuel services to farms was another 20 percent. But the biggest chunk of Wilco's business these days comes from its retail stores.

Child Care's Bottom Line | PDX Parent

Portland residents Beth Borts and Tom Aguilar started looking for child care as soon as they found out Beth was pregnant. As they visited various programs, sticker shock set in. “We didn’t realize how much it would be for quality care,” said Borts, a sales and events manager at McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland. But it soon sunk in: Their monthly child care bill would rival their mortgage. The annual cost would exceed tuition at a state university.