Retirement at the Grove

Retirement at the Grove

Portera at the Grove is not your grandmother’s retirement home. Unless, that is, grandma is...

Heritage Matters: Andy & Bax marks 70 years

Heritage Matters: Andy & Bax marks 70 years

One of Portland’s most interesting, eclectic and yet affordable stores is located just south...

Dave's killer brand

Dave's killer brand

Bread is back as breadmaker spends fresh capital to expand nationwide John Tucker, the CEO of...

DIVERSITY Keeping your business from falling into a rut

DIVERSITY Keeping your business from falling into a rut

“We have to innovate, but the question is how do we innovate? And there is an answer:...

Finding better people

Finding better people

Virtual recruitment company keeps up its people skills with video questionnaires and water cooler...

Kickstarting their glass business to new heights

Kickstarting their glass business to new heights

The Mt. Hood glass is nearly full for local idea with franchise potential. “The goal was...

Wacom gets drawn in

Wacom gets drawn in

Digital tablet maker set to join the creative community in Portland in 2016. When Wacom announced...

Fast food, fast times

Fast food, fast times

Making life easier with Postmates A rash of delivery startups have come to Portland recently,...

Power assist to the people

Power assist to the people

James and Anne McDowell and Eric Bekebrede are pioneers in an e-bike revolution that has quietly...

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Plugged In

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MICHAELA BANCUD - Joe Reitzug and Rebecca Green at the Sotheby's opening
April 20, 2015

Sotheby's comes to the Pearl

by Michaela Bancud
Sotheby’s International Realty held an opening party for its new office in Portland’s Pearl District complete with valet parking for the high-heeled set, and glasses of Chardonnay. Sotheby’s,…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JULES ROGERS - PabloVidalSunriseCenter: Pablo Vidal, facilities and events manager of the Sunrise Center, works to book church, nonprofit and community events in the empty cantina.
April 20, 2015

Forging new business in Rockwood

by Jules Rogers
The Rockwood neighborhood in Gresham technically does not fit into the federal definition of a food desert because of its proximity to the Safeway on Northeast Halsey Street, even though a…
COURTESY: COMCAST - The sort of shows Comcast customers are time shifting, thanks to Elemental's software.
April 21, 2015

Watch Elemental - now ... or later

by Joseph Gallivan
Software company lands big deal with Comcast to manage DVR streams When little Portland-based companies chase work with media behemoths, they usually have to keep quiet about it. That is until…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The UPStealth is made up of numerous individual nickel-zinc battery cells and comes in 250 and 500 watt configurations from Blue Earths Wilsonville factory.
April 21, 2015

Blue Earth introduces groundbreaking battery technology

by Josh Kulla
As usual, some of the coolest and most innovative things happening in engineering today are taking place behind closed doors. And when it comes to the world of traffic safety, that point where…
April 09, 2015

Wilsonville-based FLIR settles bribery charges

by The Spokesman
Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems Inc. will pay $9.5 million to settle federal bribery charges. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which announced the settlement Wednesday, said FLIR…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wallace Kay Huntingtons estate includes historic Oregon furniture and furnishings, a Tiffany chandelier, extensive fine arts and collectibles many from Oregon artists, chinoiserie grandfather clock, a Coxed and Woster desk circa 1700, home and garden décor and much more.
April 09, 2015

'Roaming Emporium' estate sale pops up in Lake Oswego

by The Review
First collection features Wallace Kay Huntington's historic Oregon art, furniture, pottery and more The Roaming Emporium, a temporary retail location that “pops up” several times a year in…
April 08, 2015

Auf wiedersehen, Port

by Joseph Gallivan
ICTSI Oregon "very disappointed" about Hapag-Lloyd dumping the Port of Portland. The company that runs container business at the Port of Portland's beleagured Terminal Six issued a statement…
FILE PHOTO - Northwest Demolition and Dismantling of Tigard will work with the Portland Development Commission on a partial demolition project at the 105-year-old Centennial Mills site in Northwest Portland.
April 12, 2015

Tigard firm to demolish Centennial Mills

by Geoff Pursinger
Tigard’s Northwest Demolition & Dismantling has been swinging the wrecking ball for more than 60 years. They’ve leveled entire city blocks and Portland of Portland terminals on the Columbia…
COURTESY GENENTECH - COVER: A technician  in the formulation suite at Genentechs fill/finish plant in Hillsboro monitors the progess of antibodies as they are formulated to the correct concentration for use on patients. ABOVE: Reaching into an isolator through a glove port, a technician at Genentech makes a visual inspection of a glass vial before it is filled with medicine.
April 08, 2015

ONE VIAL AT A TIME

by Joseph Gallivan
Genentech expands its fill/finish operation in Hilsboro with the promise of clean collar jobs Staff in black polo shirts and black pants glide through the light and airy halls of drug maker…
COURTESY CONNECTIVE DX - Connective DX has grown from a website designer to a digital business strategy agency, changing its name from ISITE in the process.
April 07, 2015

ISITE Design becomes Connective DX

by Joseph Gallivan
Digital experience takes over from simply being web designers Portland's ISITE Design has rebranded itself as Connective DX The firm, which got its start in 1997 with two Linfield grads making…
COURTESY SMITH TEA - Entrepreneur and Tazo, Stash and Smith Teamaker founder Steven Smith, who has died age 65.
March 31, 2015

Steven Smith, teamaker, dead at 65

by Joseph Gallivan
Teamaker Steven Smith died on Monday, March 23 in Lake Oswego. Smith was the founder of Stash Tea, which he sold to Yamamotoyama Tea Company in 1993, and Tazo Tea, which he sold to Starbucks in…
March 31, 2015

Dock funding is denied again

by Peter Wong
The Oregon Transportation Commission has again denied state money for a much-debated renovation of a Columbia River dock that became a proxy in a wider debate over coal exports to Asia. The…
March 31, 2015

Comcast gets a tax break

by Peter Wong
Lawmakers have completed action on a bill ensuring property tax breaks to data centers around Oregon and a potential high-speed Internet network in Portland. Senate Bill 611, which the Senate…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JULES ROGERS - From left to right: Wendy Culverwell, reporter for the Portland Business Journal; Amy Pearl, Hatch founder and CEO; Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Portland Made; Skip Newberry, Technology Association of Oregon; Carl Talton, United Fund Advisors, representing the Soul District of Portland; Jill Beaman, Getting Recipe to Market, CLIMB SBDC, PCC; Michael Scotto di Carlo,  Supportland; Nathan Teske, Hacienda CDC.
March 31, 2015

Crowdfunding business reaching out to the masses

by Jules Rogers
Oregon's Citizen Public Offering rules are still being debated. Portland’s entrepreneur community offers support rather than competition, and now innovators who came together to promote Oregon’s…
KATY SWORD - Teeny Foods is expanding by 80,000 square feet.
March 31, 2015

Council OKs Teeny Foods expansion, tax abatement plan

by Jodi Weinberger
Teeny Foods Corp., a Gresham-based bread products manufacturer, is growing up — literally. The company, which makes products such as breadsticks, pizza dough and pocket bread, will nearly triple…
March 31, 2015

Thirsty Lion raises money for children in need

by Geoff Pursinger
If you were looking to get your hair cut last weekend, you should have been at Thirsty Lion bar and grill at Washington Square. The Tigard restaurant spent the day shaving the heads of…
COURTESY: OREGON TRAVEL EXPERIENCE - Nancy DeSouza, Oregon Travel Experiences new Executive Director, is a native Oregonian and has worked with Oregon Board of Optometry, Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Oregon Department of Corrections, and Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, among others.
March 31, 2015

Driving force behind Oregon Travel Experience

by Sarah Nipper
Native Oregonian named executive director of the Oregon Travel Information Council. Nancy DeSouza is committed to making Oregon a great travel destination. DeSouza, a native Oregonian, was…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From left, Colin Preston, Tim Hohl and Dave Fleming have joined together to create Coin Toss Brewing.
March 31, 2015

Untapped potential

by Patrick Malee
Twenty years ago, when West Linn resident Tim Hohl first started brewing his own beer, he felt like “the smartest person in the room.” He’d always liked to drink beer, and there he was, pouring…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - 176 -- Each Zero Tolerance knife at Kai USAs Tualatin factory is assembled by one worker. The Kershaw brand of knives are built by teams of assemblers.
March 31, 2015

A sharp business

by John M. Vincent
Area knife makers excel When you list businesses where the Portland area dominates an industry, you might think microchips, microbrews or sports apparel. Add to that list the knife, cutlery and…
March 30, 2015

E-GOV firm NIC will handle online pot licences in Oregon

by Joseph Gallivan
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has chosen NIC USA to build the online app to handle requests for commercial recreational marijuana business licenses. Under the agreement, NIC USA, Inc. of…
COURTESY OF IBERDROLA RENEWABLES LLC - Mule deer walk through a field near Iberdrola Renewables's Klondike wind power project in Sherman County. The Portland company is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program grants.
March 27, 2015

Iberdrola Renewables to give funds to wildlife protection groups

by Pamplin Media Group
Iberdrola Renewables of Portland is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program grants. The wind power company’s “Legacy of Caring” campaign provides grants to groups that…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Northwest Demolition and Dismantling of Tigard will work with the Portland Development Commission on a partial demolition project at the 105-year-old Centennial Mills site in Northwest Portland.
March 27, 2015

Tigard firm will demolish part of Centennial Mills site

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Development Commission has chosen Northwest Demolition & Dismantling of Tigard as the construction manager/general contractor for demolition and salvage work at Centennial Mills…
March 26, 2015

Paid sick leave advances in Legislature

by Peter Wong
Senate committee, on party-line vote, moves bill to budget panel. A requirement for businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers has advanced a step in the Oregon Legislature. The Senate…
March 26, 2015

State survey: job vacancies increased in 2014

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon’s employers needed to fill about 45,000 jobs last year, most with wages starting at around $15 an hour, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. That was a 40…
March 25, 2015

Debate on Gain Share future is on

by Peter Wong
Washington County is largest recipient of state funds to offset tax breaks for big investments. Legislators are reviewing whether the state budget should continue to offset property tax breaks…

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Mar 25, 2015

Open-air marketplace to be unveiled in downtown Oregon City

by The Oregon City News
Kicking off its inaugural season on May 9, Marketplace Oregon City is planning a variety of art and food vendors, live entertainment, chess matches and children’s activities. The open-air market…
Mar 24, 2015

Bill offers tax breaks for data centers, high-speed Internet…

by Peter Wong
Lawmakers also reduce potential tax liability for Comcast resulting from 2014 court decision. Lawmakers have completed action on a bill ensuring property tax breaks to data centers around Oregon…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Rep. Bill Kennemer of Oregon City is the lone Republican sponsor of HB 2960.
Mar 24, 2015

Should Oregon get into the retirement account business?

by Peter Wong
Barbara Perrin of Eugene says she’s an example of why Oregon should require employers to offer automatic enrollment in a state-sponsored savings plan for retirement. For years, she did the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Burnside Plaza at 1584 N.E. Eighth St. has slowly transformed from a vacant example of recession-era investment woes to the home of several healthy retail and services offices.
Mar 24, 2015

Once dormant recession-era buildings come to life

by Shannon O. Wells
It took several years for the two-story office and retail structure Pooneh Gray built in 2009 on Northeast Halsey Street in Wood Village to attract steady tenants. While no developer relishes…
REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Eric and Sara Wold might be the fittest couple you have ever met. They want you to be fit, too, at New Summit Fitness in Lake Oswego.
Mar 24, 2015

New ways to get in shape offered at New Summit Fitness

by Cliff Newell
With all of the fitness centers in operation, it helps to offer something different. That is what Eric and Sara Wold do at New Summit Fitness in Lake Oswego. The young couple has been dreaming…
COURTESY: TRAVEL PORTLAND - In the market for a selfie stick? Tourists come to Portland in the winter too, perhaps as a result of Travel Portlands ad campaign. Greater Portland stresses the need for area businesses to try to tap into Asian export markets, and to seek foreign direct investment if the economy is to survive the coming wave of migrants.
Mar 24, 2015

EXPORTLANDIA

by Joseph Gallivan
If you make beer you should be selling it in Germany. Or sneakers, to the Indian sub-continent. Chips, China. Better still, any Portlander travelling on business should be talking up this great…
Mar 24, 2015

Natural Grocers to open first Portland store in Southwest

by Kelsey O'Halloran
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has announced that it will open its first Portland store at Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Hill Road. This will be the ninth Oregon location…
COURTESY PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE - Debbie Kitchin
Mar 24, 2015

New markets open possibilities for everyone

by Portland Business Alliance
In recent weeks, we have seen growing public discussion about two proposals currently before Congress: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Oregon…
Mar 24, 2015

Pulling the plug

by Joseph Gallivan
Port Terminal Six workers aren’t the only ones threatening to pull the plug on a local power house company: workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 125…
Mar 24, 2015

Failure to retire

by Jim Redden
Thanks to a certain cult TV comedy show, Portland has a reputation as a city where young people go to retire. Although some dispute that, there’s little doubt Portland is also a city where older…
Mar 21, 2015

Berri Leslie named administrator of Health Insurance Marketplace

by Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services
Berri Leslie will be administrator of Oregon's health insurance marketplace, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced. The marketplace will be housed at DCBS…
Mar 17, 2015

Robbery by any other name

by Peter Wong
SALEM — Rafael Soto of Woodburn did not have to speak long to make a case for a bill allowing people like him to go after former employers that failed to pay him. As part of a three-person crew…
Mar 17, 2015

Beaverton's eWind Solutions lands $100,000 in USDA funding

by Eric Apalategui
Beaverton-based eWind Solutions just got a bit more air under the wings of its plan to develop kite-based energy production. David Schaefer, the company’s founder and chief executive officer,…
Mar 17, 2015

Navigating the tax season

by Julia Anderson
Taxpayers were in for a rough ride this year when they learned that the Internal Revenue Service would implement part of the federal Affordable Care Act during this tax-filing season. Asking the…
Mar 17, 2015

Economics of happiness: what localization means for the bottom…

by Sarah Nipper
The cost of the recent labor dispute surrounding western ports and its effect on Port of Portland’s container terminal 6 is still yet to be fully realized. In case you missed the slew of recent…
Mar 17, 2015

Dr. Tongue's I Had That ShoppeVintage toys from vintage times

by Jules Rogers
Collector? Mark Pedersen h?ad a vintage toy shop in the ‘90s. His annual revenue was once $150,000, but since then, all of it has been reduced to a?n Etsy store.? His passion for 13 years, the…
Mar 18, 2015

PORT OF VANCOUVERTHEIR BUSINESS RUNS DEEP

by Joseph Gallivan
POV increases awareness through public tours Look left as you cross into Washington on the Interstate Bridge and you’ll see the Red Lion Hotel, which is on the site of the original wooden…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - The former Withers Lumber store in Woodburn at 245 Young St. will become the site of a new ReStore serving the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Mar 18, 2015

Withers Lumber to be site of Woodburn ReStore

by Tyler Francke
The former Woodburn location of Withers Lumber is about to be “ReStored.” Officials for the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity confirmed last week that they had finalized a three-year…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sandy and John Hendricks, owners of Ovation Design-Build based in Lake Oswego, have been awarded a Best of Houzz 2015 award.
Mar 12, 2015

Ovation wins a 'Best of Houzz 2015' award for best customer…

by The Review, Tidings
Annual survey and analysis of community of more than 25 million monthly users reveals top-rated home remodeling professionals and design trends Ovation Design-Build of Lake Oswego has been…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Becky Voorheis of Quickbeam, Inc., tells the audience about her company's product, which aids in the treatment of methamphetamine addiction, at the PubTalk pitch contest at Golden Valley Brewery on Tuesday.
Mar 12, 2015

Entrepreneurs vie at Oregon Technology Business Center's first…

by Eric Apalategui
David Schaefer started his sales speech by bringing the audience back to feeling the tug on a string the first time they learned to fly a kite. “That pull is energy,” said Schaefer, introducing…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - 203 -- One person assembles each Zero Tolerance knife in Kai USAs Tualatin factory. The new product line is designed around the needs of military, police and other first responders.
Mar 10, 2015

Kai USA The cutting edge

by John Vincent
When I became an Eagle Scout some 30-plus years ago, I received a folding knife from my scout troop. It’s a quality tool that was made by a local company, and I use it to this day. The Portland…
JAIME VALDEZ - Darrell Goodley and Brook Weer, students at Portland Community Colleges new Swan Island Trades Center, just after graduating from a six month certificate program in heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation.
Mar 10, 2015

Taking the temperature of the Swan Island Trades Center Students

by Joseph Gallivan
A room at the new Swan Island Trades Center with high ceilings and plywood-lined walls has been transformed over the last three months. Two-by-four wood framing, like a cross section of a house,…
Mar 09, 2015

Senate panel hears bills on wage theft

by Peter Wong
Labor, social service groups in support; businesses, farmers raise legal questions. SALEM — Rafael Soto of Woodburn did not have to speak long to make a case for a bill allowing people like him…
Mar 04, 2015

Bill would allow sharing of wage info

by Peter Wong
Oregon House advances it on party-line vote; measure is part of antidiscrimination effort. Workers could not be punished for asking about or sharing wage information under a bill that has cleared…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - George Osgood and Robert Moody, partners in EnGen, with the  LED street light that hangs over a live power line and works off the electical field or corona.
Mar 03, 2015

The Little EnGen that Could, Maybe

by Joseph Gallivan
Street lights that run off waste power and are easy to install could save municipalities big bucks. Entrepreneurs, like engineers, are always looking to make something out of nothing. EnGen…