TECH TONIC: Podcasting made easy

TECH TONIC: Podcasting made easy

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Design for working

Design for working

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Consolidation leads to fewer dealers, bigger companies

Consolidation leads to fewer dealers, bigger companies

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Manufacturing GDP in Oregon

Manufacturing GDP in Oregon

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TEC Equipment keeps on truckin'

TEC Equipment keeps on truckin'

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Call now to find out who we are!

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A new timeshare for an historic district

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Virginia Cafe - Portland's comfortable place for 100 years

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WANTED: Commercial contractors

WANTED: Commercial contractors

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Photo Credit: GBD ARCHITECTS - Proposed Oregon Square development.
November 26, 2014

Oregon Square to be Portland's family room

by Joseph Gallivan
Lloyd District development will bring apartments, shops, water and more bikes, You’ve heard of Portland’s Living Room. Get ready for Portland’ Family Room. East side style. That was the message…
Photo Credit: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Gross shows off her favorite dress currently available for purchase at the time at her store Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique.
November 25, 2014

In fine fashion

by Drew Dakessian
Throughout the city and across the nation, there is a type of women whose fashion sense leans decidedly toward the retro. To them, old fashion is anything but old-fashioned. They have a woman…
Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - 'We have very exciting plans for the WEB and the adjacent properties,' Nick Bunick says, 'that we have not yet fully disclosed to city officials and the public.'
November 25, 2014

Bunick: Nonprofit is '100 percent committed' to buying WEB

by Saundra Sorenson
Local businessman Nick Bunick and his nonprofit The Great Tomorrow really do intend to take the West End Building off the city’s hands. The 14-acre property at 4101 Kruse Way, with its nearly…
November 25, 2014

Education is key for the jobs of tomorrow

by Jim Redden
Two themes recurred throughout a panel discussion titled “Investing in an Educated Workforce” presented by the Portland Business Alliance at its Nov. 19 breakfast forum. First, income inequality…
November 20, 2014

Trio of Oregon companies have top scores on equality index

by Peter Wong
Group's report follows ratings of 353 cities; both based on sexual orientation policies. Three of seven rated Oregon companies scored 100 on an index measuring equality based on sexual…
DAVID SYMES
November 18, 2014

Employers: MJ is legal. Now what?

by Alexa Altman
Within days of the passing of Measure 91, employment attorney David Symes’ phone and inbox flared with queries from anxious employers, concerned their break rooms and drug policies might become…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: DEAN BAKER - Pat Wallace (left) is on a mission to help blind people start businesses of their own. Wallace has founded the Blind and Disabled Business Owners of America, and the Blind Entrepreneurs of America.
November 18, 2014

Blind businessman works to make entrepreneurs of other blind…

by Dean Baker
You might not see a rebel or a reformer when you watch Pat Wallace tapping down the street with his white cane, but that’s what he is. Blind since he was 10 years old, Wallace has started and…
JULIA ANDERSON
November 18, 2014

SMART MONEY: May-December retirement planning

by Julia Anderson
He’s taking Social Security benefits. You’ve got 12 years to go until at age 62 you can even consider taking benefits. He’s talking more and more about golf courses in Arizona. You are engrossed…
November 18, 2014

Hands-free fun at any speed

by Joseph Gallivan
Jaguar Land Rover opens infotainment research center in the Pearl District The cement path is not quite done yet, but the pinball machines and the big TVs are on, and the doors are open at…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: EMILY GREEN - Jesus Martinez worked as a financial analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps. The skills he learned enabled him to easily transfer into a civilian job with Northwestern Mutual.
November 11, 2014

A very particular set of skills

by Emily Green
Despite having less formal education, big businesses say what veterans do possess is good for their companies According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, in 2013, the unemployment…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: PORT OF PORTLAND - The Troutdale Airport is in the midst of a developing a plan for its next 20 years.
November 11, 2014

Troutdale Airport looks toward the future

by Dean Baker
The Troutdale Airport hosted 107,782 takeoffs and landings and accommodated 145 aircraft in its hangars and tie-downs last year. It is the third largest in Oregon, after Portland International…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Chief Operating Officer Steve Stadum wil be looking to reach the $1 billion fundraising goal.
November 11, 2014

Knight Cancer Institute could be big business

by Julia Anderson
As OHSU Knight Cancer Institute nears its ambitious $500-million fundraising goal, executives there are starting to plan ahead. The result is expected to have a lasting impact on the medical…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ming Hsu, with his wife Angela, and sons Ryan and Alan stand outside the new Best in Class Education Center in Beaverton, which will help tutor students.
November 06, 2014

New enrichment center opens in Beaverton

by Ray Pitz
Best in Class focuses on math and English enrichment Best in Class Education Center, which provides education enrichment programs, is expanding its operations in Washington County by opening a…
DR. TOM POTIOWSKY
November 04, 2014

Economy on the mend

by Vance W. Tong
Dr. Tom Potiowsky says the economy is slowing down, but is still improving There was good news delivered by Dr. Tom Potiowsky at the 2014 Fall Kruse Way Economic Forum last week. The Oregon…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Canaries in a gold mine: locals pols, including Suzanne Bonamici and Mayor Hales, showed up for the groundbreaking of the Abigail apartments last week.
November 04, 2014

Abigail's party

by Joseph Gallivan
They’re about to fill in another square in the tic-tac-toe game that is the development of the North Pearl District. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, developers, architects and politicians gathered for the…
MEGAN LUM
November 04, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: Stand out on Small Business Saturday

by Megan Lum
With Thanksgiving approaching, our minds are focused on two things: How am I going to cook the turkey this year, and where am I going to go shopping over the weekend? For decades, Black Friday…
Photo Credit: PHOTOS COURTESY: MAILEEN HAMTO - In its fifth year, the Night for Networking attracted nearly 500 people eager to make business connections between employers and people with disabilities.
November 04, 2014

'Everyone deserves a fair chance'

by Jules Rogers
Night for Networking matches employers with people with disabilities Job descriptions outline specific specialities, and as job searchers know, it’s difficult to sift through the options to find…
Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - Customers at Rivermark Community Credit Union use automated computer technologies and are assisted by service representatives at the Gresham Station branch.
November 04, 2014

Rivermark unveils newest technology

by Anne Endicott
Credit union introduces Live Personal Teller Kiosks in new branch With today’s warp nine lifestyles, Rivermark Community Credit Union intends to return an unexpected dividend to its customers —…
October 29, 2014

Schnitzer could get nod to pursue Centennial Mills redevelopment

by Steve Law
The Portland Development Commission board seems ready to strike a longterm development agreement with Jordan Schnitzer to collaborate in redeveloping the historic Centennial Mills waterfront…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Steve Holwerda, Principal and Chief Operating Officer for Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, was given the William S. Naito Outstand Service Award.
October 28, 2014

The virtue of selflessness

by Joseph Gallivan
Money Manager Steve Holwerda was honored at the Portland Business Alliance's Business Leadership evening Steve Holwerda, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, was awarded the William S. Naito…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: NICK FARINA - Serving beer is helping to save some bicycle repair businesses in Portland.
October 28, 2014

Geared for bikes, beer and the bottom line

by Jennifer Meacham
Beer has cropped up for sale at bike repair shops in Idaho, North Carolina, New York, but Oregon is home to at least six repair shops also serving up suds, including no less than three in…
Photo Credit: GWICW - The new Goodwill Outlet Store at 5950 NE 122nd Avenue near Portland International Airport.
October 28, 2014

Old junk in new bins

by Joseph Gallivan
Goodwill opens a new outlet store to clear out unsold product by the pound Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette opens its new Outlet Store and Distribution Center on Thursday near…
October 28, 2014

Bright.md Raises $1 Million Seed Round

by Joseph Gallivan
Virtual Care aims to improve communication between patient and doctor. Bright.md has closed a $1 million round of seed funding, which will enable continued development and deployment of a…
Joseph Gallivan's 'TechTonic' appears monthly in the Business Tribune.
October 28, 2014

TechTonic: The tech boom shows

by Joseph Gallivan
Have you ever looked around your workplace of beige cubes and cheap swivel chairs and wondered, “Where’s my kegerator-bean bag romper room? And why isn’t my boss out on the floor with us at a…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Simon Lee demonstrates one of the machines his new business uses to clean sneakers.
October 28, 2014

No business like shoe business

by Tyler Francke
Pacific Wearing Solutions, a new business at the intersection of Highway 99E and Highway 214, offers standard services such as dry cleaning and shoe repair, but it specializes in services that…

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Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Coming home - By opening a new bank where Columbia State Bank formerly resided, Ron Wolfe is returning to Newberg. Premier Community Bank will officially open in January.
Oct 28, 2014

Premier Community Bank to open in Newberg

by Katy Sword
For Ron Wolfe, opening a Premier Community Bank in Newberg is like coming home. He started his banking career at Columbia River Bank until it closed during the recession. “I joined Columbia…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - James Joyce, co-owner and executive chef of GP Kitchen, will open a second location in Portlands Pearl District next week. The restaurant and caterer was previously known as Gourmet Productions.
Oct 28, 2014

Gourmet Productions opens second location

by Barb Randall
Gourmet Products has changed its name to GP Kitchens and will open a second location Oct. 16 in Portland’s Pearl District. The new fine food market joins the flagship in Lake Oswego, and will…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - National College of Natural Medicine fifth-year student Irina Mikhailichenko, left, practices checking a fellow student's heartbeat under the watch of doctor Jessica Nagelkirk in the college's new Beaverton location.
Oct 28, 2014

Medical teaching clinic finds natural fit in Beaverton

by Shannon O. Wells
If the nearly 400 patients who sought out treatment at the National College of Natural Medicine’s temporary clinic space at the Elsie Stuhr Center are any indication, Beaverton residents are…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: LISA FRACK, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF FAMILY FORWARD - Family Forward Executive Director Andrea Paluso speaks at a press conference outside Portland City Hall immediately following the passage of the Portland Protected Sick Time ordinance on March 13, 2013. Family Forward is leading the campaign to make paid sick time required across the state.
Oct 28, 2014

Paid sick day law needs work

by Emily Green
Some businesses are finding Portland's new ordinance problematic Ten months after its implementation, advocates for Portland’s Protected Sick Time law say the local workforce is better off now…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - James McDermott and Aaron Raddon are the co-founders of Lytics, a software company that helps firms take control of their marketing strategy.
Oct 28, 2014

At risk to earn

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland software company hopes to give one-to-one marketing the push it needs Imagine you’re a millennial who likes to Facebook in the afternoon, blow up Instagram from your stand-up…
Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - Tom Talbot, left, senior vice president for Kidder Mathews, and Peter Stalick, senior vice president and partner with Kidder Mathews, look over a new 207,000 square foot industrial space being constructed at the Prologis PDX site in Gresham.
Oct 29, 2014

Business is booming - for industrial development

by Anne Endicott
Speculative construction demonstrates high demand for space in Gresham, East County Analysts have been pontificating for a while that the Great Recession is, well, receding. But if you’re…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Bartender and pub manager Caleb Miller is a level-one Certified Beer Server and says training for the test enabled him to round out his beer knowledge.
Oct 22, 2014

What will Cicerone certification do for Portland's craft beer…

by Emily Green
As the variety and popularity of craft beer grows, so does the range of knowledge needed to properly serve and store each unique style. Tired of seeing specialty beers served incorrectly and…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: VIRGINIA WERNER - Darryl Leal and Katy Byrdes at a recent job fair held at Goodwill on Southeast Sixth Avenue.
Oct 22, 2014

Jobs for all - for now

by Joseph Gallivan
In an up economy, Portlanders hit the job fair in search of seasonal work One of the leading Portland search terms on Eventbrite, the event organizing and ticketing site, is “job fair.” As…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: ALEXA ALTMAN - Toni Mekkers follows the instruction of Wellness Consolidated trainer Sophia Asghar.
Oct 22, 2014

Making employee health a priority

by Alexa Altman
Portland workers are ditching the cubicle for the elliptical. Looking to improve the well-being of their staff, Portland employers are instituting healthy initiatives to get employees moving. At…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: UNIGO - Unigo team members tabling the National Association for College Admissions Counseling show in Indiana last month.
Oct 22, 2014

Lake Oswego company connecting students with universities

by Jules Rogers
American college students today stand a 40 percent chance of changing universities — commonly when university or program isn’t compatible with a student’s learning style. According to the…
JULIA ANDERSON
Oct 22, 2014

SMART MONEY: Develop a plan for retirement

by Julia Anderson
With the last of the baby boomer generation turning 50 this year, more eyes are turning to retirement planning. Many in this group hope to gradually ease into their golden years by “phasing” out…
Oct 22, 2014

Lytics raises $7 million

by Joseph Gallivan
Local software firm also launches product to general audience Lytics, the pioneer in adaptive digital marketing, announced Wednesday a $7 million Series A funding round led by Comcast Ventures,…
KPAM AM860 was recently named Radio Station of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
Oct 14, 2014

KPAM named station of the year

by Pamplin Media Group
KPAM AM860 was recently named Oregon Association of Broadcasters 2014 Radio Station of the Year. News Director and First Edition Host Tim Hohl, along with News Anchor Mark Provost accepted the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Clackamas Community College student Kirill Ignatyev learns to operate a manual lathe at the Oregon City campus.
Oct 14, 2014

Hands on across America

by Joseph Gallivan
Walking through the machine shop at Clackamas Community College’s Manufacturing Lab room is like a trip through time. In one large room are dozens of manually-operated mills and lathes, ranging…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Coffee buyer and fourth-generation Boyds employee Michael Boyd checks on green coffee coming into their roasting facility. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil.
Oct 14, 2014

HERITAGE MATTERS: More than 100 years of making great coffee

by John M. Vincent
Something very cool about Portland is the number of companies we have that respect their heritage and use it as a springboard to move forward. Northeast Portland’s Boyd’s Coffee is one of those…
Clinicient CEO, Rick Jung.
Oct 14, 2014

In the business of getting paid

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland’s downtown and Old Town are attracting software firms at a healthy trickle. If it is to turn into a flood it will be thanks to firms like Clincient which do work that rarely makes…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Aerial view of the Portland Bulk Terminal at the Port of Portland scheduled for exapnsion.
Oct 14, 2014

Export terminal to expand at Port of Portland

by Joseph Gallivan
The Canpotex Limited (Canpotex) potash export facility is expanding at the Port of Portland’s marine Terminal 5. Canpotex, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Portland Bulk Terminals, L.L.C.…
Photo Credit: TIDINGS PHOTO: PATRICK MALEE - West Linn's new small business center offers two conference rooms as well as Skyping, conference calls, printing and notary services. It was created to provide a better home base for local businesses.
Oct 14, 2014

A place for businesses to conduct business

by Patrick Malee
As West Linn’s Community Development Director, Chris Kerr knows all about the problems facing small businesses in West Linn — particularly those based out of homes. The complaints are many, but…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Paloma Clothing owners Mike Roach and Kim Osgood.
Oct 14, 2014

Portland favors small business - despite lower wages

by Jim Redden
Willamette Valley residents are conflicted about how to improve the economy. According to a recent poll, most residents support government incentives for small businesses over large ones. On the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Grant Medeiros manages Moreland Farmers Pantry,  which specializes in selling only non-GMO products.
Oct 14, 2014

Are non-GMO products good for business?

by Scott Keith
As we move along in this rapidly changing technological world, our taste buds aren’t being left behind. People are paying more attention to food labels these days. It started with the nutrition…
Photo Credit: JONATHAN HOUSE - Greater Portland Inc.'s new boss Janet LaBar was recruited from Phoenix, Arizona, to bring more jobs to Portland.
Oct 07, 2014

Janet LaBar is telling Portland's story

by Joseph Gallivan
Janet LaBar’s office has a side view of Tom McCall Waterfront Park but she hasn’t found the time to take head-clearing walks like her predecessor at Great Portland Inc., Sean Robbins. Robbins…
Photo Credit: RENDERING COURTESY ANKROM MOISAN ARCHITECTS - Move over, white stag:  Gerding Edlens next Old Town/Chinatown will include retail, 60 modest market rate apartments and work space University of Oregon students and Ankrom Moisan Architects .
Oct 07, 2014

Very mixed use

by Joseph Gallivan
Gerding Edlen's new six-story building should breathe new life into the Old Town/Chinatown district In December, developer Gerding Edlen will break ground on a new, six-story building in Old…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Arturo Martinini is a sales associate at The Meadow who can help choose the right salt for a meal.
Oct 07, 2014

Portland's obsession with artisan salt

by Julia Anderson
Along with organic coffee, heirloom tomatoes, hand-crafted chocolates and micro-distilled spirits, gourmet salt has a growing place in Portland’s foodie culture. Mark Bitterman, who began…
MEGAN LUM
Oct 07, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: Make social media work for your business

by Megan Lum
It’s an old but true cliché: Time is money. As a business owner, you may find yourself sometimes coming up short on both of these resources, so it’s important to make the most of what you have.…
Oct 03, 2014

Kennedy, Bush associate lend support to state retirement savings…

by Peter Wong
They join state treasurer at Portland City Club. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, joined by two prominent national figures, spoke Friday on behalf of creating a state-sponsored plan enabling…