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Heritage Matters: Andy & Bax marks 70 years

Heritage Matters: Andy & Bax marks 70 years

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Dave's killer brand

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DIVERSITY Keeping your business from falling into a rut

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Finding better people

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Kickstarting their glass business to new heights

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TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kenneth Silverton watches Drones Plus co-worker, Chris Griggs, fly a Phantom 3 drone at the business at Beaverton Town Square.
May 27, 2015

Beaverton business takes to the skies

by Ray Pitz
Chris Griggs, manager of Beaverton’s Drones Plus, says he’s amazed at how quickly word about the opening of his new business in Beaverton Town Square has spread, mostly via word-of-mouth from…
May 26, 2015

Schnitzer buys Teton Industrial Building in Tualatin

by Joseph Gallivan
Furniture factory added to Harsch portfolio Jordan Schnitzer, President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately-held real estate investment, development and management company, announces…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - CenturyLink is pushing its TV over the internet service called Prism in certain Portland neighborhoods, as a challenge to cable TV carriers. A kiosk at the Lloyd Center mall shows whats on offer.
May 26, 2015

Focus on Prism

by Joseph Gallivan
When CenturyLink launched Prism TV two weeks ago in some Portland neighborhoods, it was a consumer play targeting the cable-cutting generation. The idea that people hate cable TV companies is…
COURTESY: OREGON CONSULAR CORPS - Governor Kate Brown was one of the keynote speakers at this years Oregon Consular Corps Celebrate Trade event.
May 27, 2015

Trade awards target berries, banking and biz leaders

by Joseph Gallivan
Everyone’s talking about trade. The Oregon Consular Corps Celebrate Trade event on Monday, May 18 recognized the contribution Oregon’s traded sector companies and nonprofits make to the region’s…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - A cell phone video showing Mandi Middlestetter placing a Lullafi prototype into the crib of her baby Luca to help him go to sleep.
May 19, 2015

Lullafi's final push

by Joseph Gallivan
Baby-soothing sound machine tries to make Kickstarter goal. You might think that with all the new tools for available to makers and entrepreneurs, turning a bright idea into a product on store…
May 19, 2015

Another charitable alternative

by Julia Anderson
For tax benefit reasons and because we like to support good causes, Americans donate to charities. Over a year, my donation checks might go to my grandson’s elementary school foundation and to…
REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Since he has been a West Linn resident for 15 years, Scott Hamersly decided to move his business, Oregon Wealth Management, to West Linn
May 15, 2015

Oregon Wealth Management moves to West Linn

by Cliff Newell
Having his home just five minutes away from his business was one good reason for Scott Hamersly to move Oregon Wealth Management to West Linn. A better reason is that Hamersly likes to make…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Uptown Billiards was a happening place at last years Sushi for a Cure. This year, even more people and more money are expected at the cancer fundraiser.
May 15, 2015

Sushi for a Cure has high hopes

by Cliff Newell
When Kent Lewis and David Kabaker host their third-annual Sushi for a Cure on May 16, there will be great food, Hula dancers and a silent auction offering everything from a beach-house vacation…
COURTESY: AMY BEACOM - Amy Beacom is the founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, a partner of the Womens Plaza.
May 15, 2015

Work, life integration - not balance

by Jules Rogers
Women's Plaza: Where you don't have to make the choice between a successful career and providing the best care for yourself and your family With the classic 9-to-5 on the demise as people move…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - 138 -- All Miller Paint-branded products are produced at their NE Whitaker Way factory. The company also distributes Metros recycled paint products and Kelly-Moore paints through their retail channels.
May 15, 2015

Covering the Portland area for more than a century

by John Vincent
When I was growing up, every painting project in my house started with a trip to Miller Paint’s Grand Avenue store. I can’t tell you how many gallons of Miller’s Sun Yellow paint I put on my…
COURTESY: JAI SOOTS - The premise behind ComCap is to invest in small businesses, which many attendees seemed to think was a good idea.
May 15, 2015

Growing our Own

by Jules Rogers
ComCap Oregon conference showcases the area's entreprenurial spirit “Developing the Community Capital Investment system is an opportunity for us to round out our portfolio: we have banks, credit…
COURTESY TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF OREGON - Sam Blackman stands with his wife Adriane Blackman (orange dress) and others from the Elemental team. Blackman, CEO and founder of Elemental Technologies was awarded 2015 Technology Executive of the Year by the Technology Association of Oregon.
May 15, 2015

Tech Scene grows up, loosens up

by Joseph Gallivan
The Oregon Technology Award (OTA) used to be a dull event — a night for heaping praise on semiconductor manufacturers and checking your flip phone. Last week, however, the awards showed the new…
May 07, 2015

Wheeler: Oregon at vanguard of retirement 'crisis'

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler continues to be a forceful advocate for legislation that requires employers to offer automatic enrollment of workers in a state-sponsored savings plan for retirement.…
COURTESY OF STARBUCKS CORP. - Coffee House Holdings, a subsidiary of Seattle's Starbucks Corp., is seeking liquor licenses for five more Portland-area shops that could be added to the Starbucks Evening program, where beer and wine are served.
April 28, 2015

Starbucks seeks liquor licenses for more 'Evenings' shops

by Pamplin Media Group
Starbucks is adding a few more Portland-area coffee shops to its “evenings” menu. Coffee House Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Seattle’s Starbucks Corp., applied this month for Oregon liquor…
COURTESY: DAIMLER TRUCKS - Many in the area have already gotten a glimpse of Daimlers Freightliner SuperTruck technology demonstrator, as much of the on-road testing was done on the roads of Oregon. The company spent thousands of hours developing the trucks futuristic shape, and many of those aerodynamic breakthroughs are already showing up on their commercial products.
April 28, 2015

It's efficient!It's a truck!It's a SUPERTRUCK!

by John Vincent
As part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Energy created a program in 2009 to encourage development of more efficient freight-hauling trucks. The SuperTruck…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Pete Baker, VP Software and Services Group at Intel, explains thread starvation. His job is to make sure everyone elses software gets the most out of Intels chips.
April 28, 2015

Moore's Law is 50, Intel keeps on trucking

by Joseph Gallivan
April 20th was the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law. For those of you unfamiliar with this auspicious anniversary, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corporation and Fairchild Semiconductor,…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Laura Stull, lead designer on the Make Me Nails app at Watson Creative, has become a dab hand at applying the decals over the last six months of agile development.
April 28, 2015

Hard as nails

by Joseph Gallivan
When a 16-year-old Disney celebrity you’ve never heard of wants to throw her metaphorical weight behind an app, markets perk up. With the ability of one of these Instagram fiends to spread the…
COURTESY: ECOBABY - Diana Moore, owner of EcoBabyGear, is a strong believer in parents massaging their babies.
April 28, 2015

You can touch this: EcoBabyGear

by Isaac Hotchkiss
If there’s one thing Diana Moore would like you to know, it’s that everyone should massage their baby. Moore admits it’s a slightly unusual claim, but she has devoted her career to this…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Plans for downtown Lake Oswegos Wizer Block call for three four-story buildings at the corner of First Street and A Avenue, with 207 apartments and about 36,000 square feet of retail space.
April 28, 2015

LUBA upholds city's decision to allow Wizer Block development

by Saundra Sorenson
Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has affirmed the Lake Oswego City Council's decision to approve redevelopment of the Wizer Block. “We agree that the City Council’s interpretation of the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Construction will soon begin on the Troutdale Marketplace now that a conditional-use permit has been approved. The Corbett School District, however, will still be able to park its buses at the back of the lot.
April 28, 2015

Marketplace receives positive response from community

by Katy Sword
The mood at the April 15 Troutdale Planning Commission meeting was entirely positive, as the commission reviewed a conditional-use permit for the redevelopment of the former Lamb’s Thriftway at…
April 27, 2015

Wyden glad to see Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger fizzle

by Joseph Gallivan
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is delighted that Comcast would not proceed with its takeover of Time Warner Cable. “For the second time this year, America’s consumers stood up to Big Cable and won,…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Community rooms at Portera at the Grove offer space for the 55-and-older residents to gather and relax in style.
April 22, 2015

Retirement at the Grove

by Kelsey O'Halloran
Portera at the Grove is not your grandmother’s retirement home. Unless, that is, grandma is one of the first residents at the new, four-story 55-and-older complex, which features 112 spacious…
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…

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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.
Apr 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…
Apr 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.
Apr 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…
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Mar 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…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Anolog meets digital: Steve Lieber of Periscope Studio in Portland uses a Wacom screen to draw his illustrations in native digital format.
Mar 31, 2015

Wacom gets drawn in

by Joseph Gallivan
Digital tablet maker set to join the creative community in Portland in 2016. When Wacom announced in March it was selling its 56,000 square foot cube farm in Tech Center, Vancouver, and moving…
Mar 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…
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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…
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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…
Mar 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…
Apr 28, 2015

Two wheels and a cloud of dust

by Jim Redden
What do The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Beaverton-based car and motorcycle dealer Bob Lanphere have in common? They are all celebrating their 50th anniversaries — a remarkable…
Apr 07, 2015

The importance of giving back

by Megan Lum
Your customers — especially the younger generation — want to know what your business is doing to make the world a better place. According to a 2013 study by Cone Communications and Echo…
Apr 07, 2015

If you build it, [more business] will come

by Sarah Nipper
Oregon Bioscience Association Creates Perfect Storm Oregon Bioscience Association (Oregon Bio) has just upped the state’s bioscience game. Its Biocatalyst Certificate program has launched, and…
Apr 07, 2015

Nike, photographer seek 'Jumpman' photo trial in 2016

by Kevin L. Harden
Famous image part of Nike’s global logo for three decades A New York photographer who claims Nike violated his copyright for its Jumpman logo of a young Michael Jordan dunking a basketball…
Apr 07, 2015

'Love & Plants' offers instruction

by Colin Staub
Business started by George Fox alum teaches about plant-based healthy eating in and out of the kitchen Emily Forbes, owner of the recently-founded Love & Plants business educating people about…
Apr 28, 2015

Miriam Sontz steers Powell’s

by Dean Baker
As CEO of Powell’s Books, Miriam Sontz says she’s had to polish her political and financial skills and believe in herself, just as Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg suggests in her recent…
Apr 28, 2015

Tiffany Bean is still playing 'store'

by Nicole DeCosta
Mabel & Zora offers timeless, effortlessly chic styles At Mabel & Zora, style matters. Design is celebrated. Patterns are colorful. Cheerful, feminine silhouettes take center stage and the staff…