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Cooperative play

New Business Oregon boss praises cooperation and innovation but plays down handouts “Oregon:...

TECH TONIC: Crowd Man

TECH TONIC: Crowd Man

Tore Steen's CrowdStreet gives more accredited investors (and the couch potatoes) access to...

Will you click next to me?

Will you click next to me?

More than 40 percent of college students can’t finish their bachelor’s degrees within...

Inner Southeast: Going South, or Moving on Up?

Inner Southeast: Going South, or Moving on Up?

Portland's Southeast Quadrant struggles with a new identity, but should artisanal trump...

Showdown looking to be part of change

Showdown looking to be part of change

Upcoming barista competition will raise money for Habitat for Humanity When Marcus Karaffa does...

Franziska Haus a family affair

Franziska Haus a family affair

Dundee B-n-B honors past generations, seeks to be relaxing retreat in wine country The Franziska...

So long seventies

So long seventies

Lloyd District development takes off at last It feels like permanent 1974 in the Lloyd District:...

Good food and great businesses

Good food and great businesses

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Portland's memory maker

HERITAGE MATTERS: Portland's memory maker

Portland's memory maker The Oaks Amusement Park refuses to budge from the family focus...

The importance of Foreign Direct Investment

The importance of Foreign Direct Investment

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by: MICHAEL SHULTZ - An employee works with a ladle before pouring molten metal into a casting to create one of ESCO's products
July 21, 2014

ESCO shuts down a production line in original Northwest plant.

by Joseph Gallivan
Heavy metal not so fashionable in Portland; 70 jobs to go ESCO announced Monday it will lay off 20 full-time employees and about 50 temporary workers as it discontinues a production line in…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber(left) and Portland mayor Charlie Hales (right) watch as Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Martin Daum throws the ceremonial first shovel of dirt in the construction of the company's new Swan Island headquarters.
July 19, 2014

Daimler breaks ground on new HQ

by John M. Vincent
Daimler Trucks North America has begun construction of its new $150 million headquarters on Swan Island with a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday. DTNA president and CEO Martin Daum was joined by…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mike Richardson, owner and founder of Dark Horse Comics, always has a project. He recently completed a new graphic novel, Atomic League with artist Bruce Zick.
July 15, 2014

Dark Horse founder searches for modern superheroes

by Caitlin Feldman
When Mike Richardson heard he was going to be a father, he quit his job, moved from Portland to Bend with his pregnant wife and started a business on a credit card. His decisions seemed so rash…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Although the construction of single-family homes has yet to take off (an economic indicator), experts remain optimistic about Oregons economy. Here, construction workers install the roof to a new home in the Bronson Creek development.
July 15, 2014

Oregon's economic outlook brightens

by Sherri Buri McDonald/Register-Guard
Oregon's economy should continue to hum along in the next few months at an above-average pace Oregon’s economy should continue to hum along in the next few months at an above-average pace, a…
Julia Anderson writes Smart Money.
July 15, 2014

SMART MONEY: Why a bank trust makes sense for some families

by Julia Anderson
Several years ago, my mother (on the advice of her long-time family attorney) put her assets into a court-appointed bank trust. For a fee of 1- to 2-percent a month, the bank paid my mother’s…
July 09, 2014

Pendleton Woolen Mills partners with luggage company Ricardo…

by Joseph Gallivan
Gorge meets glitz in licensing agreement Pendleton Woolen Mills has partnered with luggage company Ricardo Beverly Hills, under a licensing agreement for the Pendleton® brand. The new Pendleton…
by: URBAN AIRSHIP - Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton stepped aside Tuesday  July 9
July 10, 2014

Urban Airship CEO steps down

by Joseph Gallivan
Software boss under investigation for sexual assault takes leave of absence Scott Kveton, the CEO of Portland mobile software company Urban Airship, has taken an immediate and extended leave of…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Christine Palmer of Palmer and Associates.
July 08, 2014

What's old is new again

by Julia Anderson
In a few weeks, Christine Palmer and her crew will welcome 16,000 people to the Portland Expo Center for the biggest antique and collectible show in America. The event, July 12-13, brings…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - An artists rendering, by Ankrom Moisan Architects, of the LOCA development being proposed for the Southeast Portland goat blocks.
July 08, 2014

Developer curries favor with locals over Belmont goat blocks

by Joseph Gallivan
The goats are still there for now, but the architects have sharpened their pencils and the bulldozers are idling in preparation for work on the “goat blocks.” Within 30 months this long vacant…
by: HOST ARCHITECTS - Rendering of the remodeled Red Lion as Hotel Eastlund
July 08, 2014

Red Lion closes Sept. 2 for remodel, reopens May 2015

by Joseph Gallivan
Four star Hotel Eastlund plans to attract free-spending conventioneers, locals. The Red Lion Hotel will close on Sept. 2 for remodeling and reopen May 1, 2015 as the Hotel Eastlund. Owners Grand…
July 08, 2014

Greater Portland Economic Summit to feature Gary Locke as…

by Pamplin Media Group
Greater Portland Inc (GPI) announced Thursday that former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming conference. A native of the Pacific Northwest,…
July 07, 2014

Reser's expands into Hillsboro

by Kendra Hogue
Strong demand for fresh salad products prompts food company to increase output by 35 percent Reser’s Fine Foods of Washington County, best known for its salsa and other freshly prepared foods,…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Milo Winningham, a software developer for Treehouse, has been doing computer programming since he was six years old.
July 03, 2014

Is coding is the new Mandarin?

by Joseph Gallivan
There is much talk of the shortage of skilled workers, such as ironworkers, carpenters, machine operators. We are always being told there are good living wage jobs going begging as the Boomers…
by: ERIC MORTENSON/CAPITAL PRESS  - Big change may be coming to the West Coast wine industry. A new report suggests 10 percent of wineries are strongly considering selling out in the next five years.
July 03, 2014

Wine industry expects major ownership changes

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Press
A projected turnover of West Coast wineries could big bring change to an industry that’s an outsized agricultural player in California, Oregon and Washington. More than 10 percent of winery…
July 03, 2014

Knowledge Universe commits to Portland

by Joseph Gallivan
Childood education company extends lease in the Lloyd District for an additional 10 years KnowledgeUniverse just reupped the lease on its Lloyd District headquarters for 10 more years. The…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - University of Cincinnatti Clermont College students spent spring break exploring Portlands business culture.
July 03, 2014

A different business culture

by Julia Rogers
Twelve undergraduates from the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Ohio, spent their spring break in Portland studying businesses, food carts and the streetcar system. Jay Page, assistant…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Jack Kuo hands out samples of Serious Cheesy PUffs from Fuller Foods at the OSU Food Innovation Centers showcase.  Above, an attendee grabs a sample of Humdinger Kettle Corn (left) and Connie Rawlings-Dritsas (right) hands out samples of drinking vinegar from Blossom Vinegars.
July 03, 2014

From food innovation to food success

by Julia Rogers
For aspiring food entrepreneurs, getting your product in front of the right people can mean success or failure for your business. Simply having a great product doesn’t ensure profitability. To…
by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Although Lisa Floods Maid Brigade mobile franchise had a rocky start, she is now pleased with the decision she made.
July 03, 2014

Franchising: a multitude of possibilities

by Joan Brown
A good and profitable experience are what some franchisees say. Unrealized stumbling blocks and devastating loss is what others lament. A carefully plotted and well-supported path is what…
by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The former Kravens Sports Bar at the corner of Wilsonville Road and Town Center Loop West has been the subject of rumors for close to two years now. But recent activity suggests the site may soon be the new home of a pair of fast food restaurants.
July 02, 2014

Comfort food, not strippers, planned for Kraven site

by Josh Kulla
Demolition has begun on former sports bar building, resurecting rumors that Jiggles was headed to Wilsonville Two years ago a Wilsonville sports bar went belly up, sparking questions about what…
by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Zoup! Wilsonville owner Brian Carney (in hat and glasses) works with his staff during a special mock lunch held for the Wilsonville business community last week a day ahead of the stores grand opening on June 19.
June 26, 2014

Wilsonville opens its first Zoup! restaurant

by Josh Kulla
At first glance, it may not seem there are many connections between auto body repair, the U.S. Marine Corps and soup. For Tualatin resident Brian Carney, however, it has proved to be the perfect…
June 24, 2014

TECH TONIC: Tap. Swipe. Ka-ching. Repeat.

by Joseph Gallivan
New York based tech startup ShopKeep picks Portland for its niceness, not its weirdness ShopKeep CEO Jason Richelson is in the trenches doing what he does best: customer service. The boss of…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Using torches to cut metal is one of the skills taught at PCCs Swan Island Training Center. The school is located in the Vigor Industrial Portland shipyard.
June 24, 2014

Industrial manufacturers struggle to find workers

by John Vincent
“We need technicians,” says Tom Hickman, Vice President of Oregon Iron Works. “We need fitters, and welders, inspectors and machinists.” It’s a common refrain amongst Oregon’s industrial…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Construction moves along at the building on the corner of  SW 2nd and Taylor.
June 24, 2014

Bullish on Portland business

by Jim Redden
Three local real estate experts talk about Portland's future Portland’s economy is finally recovering from the Great Recession, but several challenges must be overcome before it will grow as…
by: COURTESY OF DAYNA SHULTZ - John Sears and Trisha Dalton toured the United States interviewing small business owners.
June 24, 2014

It's the economy's #Arewethereyet? moment

by Joseph Gallivan
Documentary filmmakers witness America's economy bouncing back, one swipe at a time Who would be a small business owner? In post-Great Recession America, quite a few people, actually. Filmmakers…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN VINCENT - Vigors director of manufacturing operations Kale Kramer looks forward to the synergies from the merger. Were using the goods of both companies to be a better one.
June 24, 2014

Merger strengthens Portland's manufacturing sector

by John Vincent
The merger of Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial promises big things for Portland's heavy industrial business Few Portlanders recognize the size of the region’s manufacturing segment and its…

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Jun 23, 2014

Knowledge Universe to stay in Lloyd District

by Pamplin Media Group
The childhood education company signs a 10-year lease to keep their 400-person headquarters in Portland Knowledge Universe, one of the largest employers in the Portland metro area, has signed a…
by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Though West Linn is fighting to create a more hospitable business environment, even popular establishments like the Historic Willamette General Store have been forced to shut down recently.
Jun 19, 2014

Fighting the bottom line

by Patrick Malee
Amid slew of business closings, city looks to retool its economic approach Isa Flores is perfectly content in Oregon City. Nine months after he was forced to move his auto shop away from West…
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Jun 19, 2014

Chamber elects new president

by Patrick Malee
13-year resident Dan Gardner takes over for Linda Neace Dan Gardner wears many hats around West Linn, and last week he donned yet another: Chamber of Commerce president. The Chamber voted on a…
by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF PDC - The New Market Theater building, 15 SW Ash in Portlands Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood will be the new home to the six winners of the Startup PDX Challenge.
Jun 17, 2014

Small business boost

by Julia Rogers
Startup PDX Challenge gives local entrepeneurs a helping hand Entrepreneurs must have more than a great idea to get their business started. Thanks to the Portland Development Commission’s…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Broad theme: Janelle Baglien curated the art for Hotel Modera and other area businesses.
Jun 17, 2014

Art and commerce cozy up

by Joseph Gallivan
Art can affect the feelings, but it can also be crucial to the bottom line A quick look around the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hillsboro reveals how important art is to this brand new…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Willie Bence, American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager for West Metro Portland, shows an emergency starter kit. Preparing employees with such kits may mean the difference between them coming to work or not.
Jun 17, 2014

Is your business prepared for disaster?

by John M. Vincent
Will your business survive a disaster? Will you be able to serve your customers, your community and support your employees? According to a study by the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an…
by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Julia Anderson
Jun 17, 2014

SMART MONEY: Ten questions to ask a financial adviser

by Julia Anderson
In these complicated times, we’re being encouraged (if not hounded) to save money, to invest and plan our own retirements. Many of us turn to professional advisors for guidance. These may be…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - PGE Business Development Director Charlie Allcock chats with Nissans EV Business Development Manager Jeannie Lam in the companys new all-electric van.
Jun 17, 2014

PGE goes electric

by Jim Redden
PGE’s leadership on electric vehicles has led Nissan to loan the utility company one of two prototype electric cargo vans for testing. “We have been working with our residential customers for…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Rick Stout, head medical officer for Bioject, describes the process of the company's needle-free injection devices.
Jul 01, 2014

Needle-free: Bioject crafts injection tools

by Geoff Pursinger
If you ask Rick Stout, the future of medicine is located in a small office building on Southwest Sandburg Street. It’s there that Stout and his colleagues at Bioject Medical Technologies have…
by: DREAMSTIME PHOTO - Student debt is becoming an increasing problem for college graduates.
Jun 12, 2014

Student loan debt hamstrings borrowers and slows economy

by Pamela Ellgen
While Winslow Crane-Murdoch was busy writing his final paper at C onnecticut College, he watched his fellow students searching desperately for employment. Their stress and lack of results got…
by: COURTESY ICEBREAKER USA - New Zealand apparel company Icebreaker made its US home in Portland seven years ago for the friendly culture, and the ability to test products in all weathers.
Jun 12, 2014

Small companies, big dreams

by Joseph Gallivan
Cubicle dwellers with itchy feet find Portland an ideal place to make footwear, sports jerseys and other athletic and outdoor apparel As Nike and Adidas battle for global attention at the FIFA…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Customer-turned-employee Jim Hair demonstrates the use of a 4x5-inch camera. Portland is a beautiful city for photographers, he says, and many Blue Moon customers use the large format cameras.
Jun 13, 2014

HERITAGE MATTERS: Blue Moon Camera and Machine

by John Vincent
Stepping in the front door of Blue Moon Camera and Machine is like stepping into the history of photography, and into the history of my family. Shelves are lined with cameras equipment from the…
by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - LYNN GUST
Jun 06, 2014

Four honored as Portland area's 'Fathers of the Year'

by Pamplin Media Group
Lynn Gust, Donald Krahmer, Chris McGowan and Charles Wilhoite recognized at Moda Center event Four community-minded Portland-area men were honored on Wednesday night at the Moda Center as the…
by: COURTESY OF GREENBRIER - Greenbrier Companies, based in Lake Oswego, recently announced they, along with Watco Companies, would be creating GBW Railcar Services, which will be dedicated to railcar repair, refurbishment and maintenance.
Jun 04, 2014

Greenbrier, Watco form new company, GBW

by Pamplin Media Group
The need to retrofit thousands of tank rail cars spurred the recent creation of a new company dedicated to creating a network of railcar repair shops. On June 4, the Greenbrier Companies and…
by: JON HOUSE - Crowd Supply's Josh Lifton in the company's NW Portland warehouse with some of their funded products.
Jun 12, 2014

It's not charity, it's business

by Joseph Gallivan
Frictionless capitalism heats up with crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a perfect fit for Portland. All those cash-poor young creatives who want to make the perfect coffee pot, bike part, or robot…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Carol Linne, center, and Paul Irvin, left, ask some questions about vegetable planting to owner Sara Ori at the Portland Nursery.
Jun 12, 2014

The growing nursery business

by Julia Anderson
Post-recession, the outlook is good for Oregon's no. 2 agriculture business Get Suzy Hancock at Portland Nursery talking about tomatoes and she is happy to explain the 200 varieties, their…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dignified Pet Services in Tualatin offers a variety of urns for clients to place their pet's remains.
May 29, 2014

Last wishes granted for animal companions

by Saundra Sorenson
Dignified Pet Services helps people say goodbye “With the death of a pet,” author David Sedaris wrote, “there’s always that urge to crowd the parentheses and string black crepe over an entire…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Rick Stout, head medical officer for Bioject, describes the process of the company's needle-free injection devices.
May 29, 2014

Needle-free: Bioject crafts injection tools

by Geoff Pursinger
It may seem like science fiction, but Tigard company says soon doctors won't use needles If you ask Rick Stout, the future of medicine is located in a small office building on Southwest Sandburg…
by: MARK MILLER - Mike Dennis, founder and chief executive officer of Oregon Aero in Scappoose, presses his hand down on a partially finished airplane seat cushion in one of his company's fabrication buildings to demonstrate its unique physical properties. Oregon Aero's stock in trade for more than 20 years has been in designing equipment like seats and headwear to increase pilot comfort, but the company has recently been branching out into new fields.
May 27, 2014

Winds of change lift Oregon Aero

by Mark Miller
Oregon Aero has designed and produced headwear, seats and other equipment for military and civilian aviation for more than two decades. But the company, which was founded in 1989 and is…
by: KRISTIN GOEHRING - Brisa Trinchero, who won a producing Tony award for Pippen at the Music Box theater on Broadway, is back in Portland this week for the opening of LIZZIE a rock musical about Lizzie Borden.
May 27, 2014

Give'em the ol razzle dazzle

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland native Brisa Trinchero details the business of theater and her Broadway aspirations When someone sidles up to you and requests a minimum $25,000 investment that will probably end in not…