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Crafting the new liquor market

Crafting the new liquor market

It’s a time-consuming and expensive business to get started, nonetheless craft distilling is...

Chinatown on the move

Chinatown on the move

In recent calls for action in Old Town Chinatown, Portland’s citizens and Mayor Charlie...

A move toward integrated employment

A move toward integrated employment

DHS invests more than $6 million to aid businesses in the hiring of disabled workers Every...

FAST BOAT TO CHINA

FAST BOAT TO CHINA

Port of Portland expands into mixed goods even as container volume declines At Auto Warehousing...

Who watches what?

Who watches what?

When you go to the movie theater, rent from Redbox or watch TV, you become a number. Whether...

It's hard to feel bad when you look good

It's hard to feel bad when you look good

Look up two words in the dictionary and you’ll discover that a Bowyer is a maker of shooting...

New skydiving venture ready to call Mulino Airport home

New skydiving venture ready to call Mulino Airport home

Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center, LLC., started a lease agreement with the community airport in...

Can drinking save Hollywood?

Can drinking save Hollywood?

Any adult who recently sat though the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” knows it...

Flower shop serves community for 99 years

Flower shop serves community for 99 years

It’s not uncommon to see a few generations carry on the family’s business. But five...

Hack this then that

Hack this then that

The girl with the light-up hoodie is looking pretty happy. Madeline Pitoby, a Southridge High...

White Horse owners giving Molalla landmark a facelift

White Horse owners giving Molalla landmark a facelift

Ryan Gengler and Ben Rash of Silverton bought the restaurant and lounge after it had been closed...

Buying a Portland Business

Buying a Portland Business

Is Portland fertile ground for buying a business or it is all just small potatoes? Sam Holloway...

Wherever you see it, you'll hear ka-ching!

Wherever you see it, you'll hear ka-ching!

Airbnb rewards niceness and takes the hassle out of renting your personal space to strangers. No...

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Portland's Latest News

September 17, 2014

SAIF gets 3 new board members

by Peter Wong
Senate confirms Kitzhaber appointees Three new members are set to join the board of SAIF Corp., Oregon’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance, on Friday. The Oregon Senate voted…
September 17, 2014

Oregon wage to rise to $9.25 in 2015

by Peter Wong
Increase linked to Consumer Price Index change. Oregon’s minimum wage will increase 15 cents an hour on Jan. 1, giving a modest raise for about 8 percent of Oregon’s workforce. The increase is…
Julia Anderson
September 17, 2014

SMART MONEY: What you need to know about Social Security

by Julia Anderson
Baby boomers are not the only ones who should be checking up on their Social Security accounts. Everyone should create a personal online account at www.socialsecurity.gov to find out where they…
September 15, 2014

Digimarc to protect two top e-book publishers

by Joseph Gallivan
HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital sign on for anti-piracy watermarking for e-books. Digimarc has announced that HarperCollins and LibreDigital are the first adopters of a new anti-piracy…
September 11, 2014

HemCon moving to downtown Portland

by Pamplin Media Group
Tigard-based HemCon Medical Technologies Inc. announced last week that they will be moving their offices to downtown Portland and outsourcing their manufacturing to other medical contractors.…
September 10, 2014

Cooler new stores at PDX

by Joseph Gallivan
Airport signs 10 year leases with a variety of shops for browsing passengers With Bunk Sandwiches soon to show up at the refurbished Moda Center, PDX is keeping pace. Portland International…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Artist's Rendition
September 10, 2014

Terms of sale approved with Eastwind

by Cari Hachmann
A plan by Troutdale’s Junki Yoshida to purchase and develop property adjacent to the Sandy River has moved one giant step closer to reality. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, Aug. 26, the…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Erik Gottschalk, vice president of operations at Pacific Natural Foods, guides a tour of the companys Tualatin Plant where soy beans are ground up and blending stations are located.
September 10, 2014

Company maximizes sustainability practices

by Caitlin Feldman
Sustainability has a broad definition. Depending on who you talk to, recycling and composting might be the bottom line. Or perhaps it means keeping a garden at home for fresh produce. Maybe…
Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Clackamas County Commission Chairman John Ludlow, right, speaks as Washington County Commission Chair Andy Duyck watches Aug. 20 at the South Metro Leadership Forum at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn.
September 10, 2014

Transportation the key to future growth, jobs, commissioners say

by Josh Kulla
Transportation leads to jobs. It’s an economic truism that applies just as much to Clackamas and Washington counties as anywhere else, albeit in quite different ways. The Aug. 20 South Metro…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO: CLEAN WATER SERVICES - Dr. Adrienne Menniti of Clean Water Services operates the high-purity water system at CWS Forest Grove treatment facility, where its research and development team conducts experiments. The system uses several purification technologies, including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, advanced oxidation and disinfection to create high-purity water, said CWS spokesman Mark Jockers.
September 10, 2014

Never fear, river beer is crystal clear

by Kendra Hogue
Portland-area beer drinkers rarely bat an eye at the unorthodox flavors dreamed up by local home brewers. Chocolate Stout? Order up. Fruit beer? A whole festival is devoted to them. There’s even…
Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The Hillsboro City Council and Washington County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session Tuesday to discuss a deal with Intel.
September 10, 2014

Intel deal gets green light

by Kendra Hogue
Intel’s 2014 Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement was unanimously approved Aug. 26 after four hours of public testimony during a joint session of the Hillsboro City Council and the…
Photo Credit: JAMA SOFTWARE - Barry Allen becomes CFO of Jama Software
September 09, 2014

Jama tomorrow!

by Joseph Gallivan
Jama Software hires a Chief Financial Officer Jama Software has hired its first Chief Financial Officer. The Portland company hired Barry Allen from Seattle’s Corbis, the image firm started by…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - The new Swan Island Trades Center will house the Facilities Maintenance Technology HVAC-R, Electrical Trades Apprenticeship, and Fiber Optics programs.
September 08, 2014

New PCC center to open on Swan Island

by Jim Redden
The public is invited to the grand opening of phase one of Portland Community College's new Swan Island Training Center. An open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17,…
September 05, 2014

Five Hot Oregon Startups to watch at State-funded Accelerator

by Joseph Gallivan
Oregon Story Board Reveals it Accelerator Class Companies Oregon Story Board, the accelerator based inside the former projection room at the Oregon Museum Of Science and Industry, has chosen…
September 04, 2014

If you lived here you'd be parking now

by Joseph Gallivan
New apartments seek to attract tech workers with parking lift Developer Bob Ball hopes his latest apartment project, The Parker, will attract single tecchies who like to walk or bike to work,…
Photo Credit: PDC - Six startups will get a year of rent free office space at the old New Market Theater in Old Town.
September 04, 2014

Worth grooming? Portland Development Commission picks six…

by Joseph Gallivan
Focus on diversity of owners rather than tech-related product The Portland Development Commission has announced the winners of 2014 Startup PDX Challenge. The six winners, all from the Portland…
September 03, 2014

Hales, city officials leave for Japanese trade mission

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales is leading a trade mission to Japan this week. The small delegation of city leaders departed from Portland on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and will return on Tuesday, Sept. 9.…
September 02, 2014

Large propane terminal proposed for Portland

by Jim Redden
Canadian company wants to invest $500 million in facility near Port of Portland's Terminal 6 A Canadian company wants to build a major rail-based propane storage and export terminal in Portland…
September 17, 2014

Local inflation on the rise - slightly

by Julia Anderson
The cost of living in the Portland-Vancouver metro area inched higher in the 12 months through June at a rate slightly ahead of the U.S. inflation average. Consumer prices here for such items as…
Megan Lum
September 17, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: The importance of customer reviews

by Megan Lumm
When you shop online, how do you get reassurance that you will receive what you pay for? When you peruse business directories or yellow pages, how do you narrow down your choices? Do you read…
Photo Credit: BECKI OSHEIM - Puralytics makes the LilyPad which uses sunlight to purify stormwater
August 21, 2014

LilyPad Stormwater Treatment Technology Wins Funding from Oregon…

by Joseph Gallivan
Make of sun-activated teabag water purifier gets $94,000 Oregon BEST has awarded $94,000 in a second round of funding to help advance the LilyPad, a floating, solar-activated stormwater…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: NORTHWEST TRADE ASSOCIATION - Lisa Ityel (center), global sales manager at Travel Oregon, gets excited with tour operators about the adventure and cuisine destinations in Oregon.
August 19, 2014

225 travel agents can't be wrong

by Julia Rogers
Tourism is the largest export in the United States, commanding 25 percent of exportation’s economic impact. In Oregon, tourism makes up 8 percent of that total, clocking in at $9.6 billion…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF KERRI HARTNETT - More education is needed about meth houses, so that buyers can avoid purchasing houses where methamphetamines were manufactured, said Keller Williams Realty Portland Central Principal Broker Kerri Hartnett.
August 19, 2014

Cleanup of meth houses can be costly

by Merry MacKinnon
It’s a difficult subject, but Keller Williams Realty Portland Central Principal Broker Kerri Hartnett said real estate agents and their clients should become educated on how to avoid buying…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: KENDRA HOGUE - The 165-room Embassy Suites hotel on Northwest Tanasbourne Drive in Hillsboro will be ready for guests in November. Embassy Suites is right next door to the new Hampton Inn, which opened in late July.
August 19, 2014

Hillsboro hotel opening is first in past 10 years

by Kendra Hogue
It’s been 10 years since a new hotel was built in Hillsboro. But now, two hotels are opening side by side on Northwest Tanasbourne Drive, answering a voracious demand for hotel rooms and meeting…
Julia Anderson's SMART MONEY column appears monthly in the Business Tribune.
August 19, 2014

SMART MONEY: IRAs versus 401(k)s: It's all about management fees

by Julia Anderson
If you are working and worried about saving enough for retirement, consider starting a self-directed Individual Retirement Account. This is an especially good idea if your employer is not…

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Aug 13, 2014

It's allowance time for Greater Portland Inc.

by Joseph Gallivan
JPMorgan Chase offers Greater Portland Inc $50,000 to support its ongoing economic development efforts in the Greater Portland region. Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is getting $50,000 from JPMorgan…
Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Dan Heine stands in front of a map of Lake Oswego at his bank on State Street. His contributions to community life earned him many awards.
Aug 12, 2014

Dan Heine to step down at The Bank of Oswego

by Cliff Newell
Bank's founder and only CEO worked tirelessly to make Lake Oswego a better place to live When Lake Oswegans think of Dan Heine, they probably think about the delicious smell of fresh-baked…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The Immortal Piano has room for 42 upright pianos. Martha Taylor knows that if she had more room, shed be tempted to fill the space with even more.
Aug 12, 2014

HERITAGE MATTERS: The Immortal Piano

by John M. Vincent
My wife Cheryl grew up with a piano in her home. When it came time to bring it into our house, the 1908 Baus upright was in pretty rough shape. Martha Taylor brought it back to life. Just a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF TECHFESTNW - Techies will gather once again as part of TechFestNW, set for this weekend at OMSI.
Aug 12, 2014

A Techfest for the rest of us

by Joseph Gallivan
If MusicfestNW is the cool-ish, gray-haired skateboarder who has seen it all, TechFestNW is its Warby Parker-rocking little cousin who wants to be a new kind of disruptor. The festival, which is…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - KNAPP
Aug 07, 2014

Three properties exit the TIF Zone

by Josh Kulla
Program aims to attract manufacturers to Wilsonville with tax breaks Wilsonville has been successful in wooing businesses to move to the city – just not the types of businesses envisioned in a…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - YogA Pod Portland students get down with Pod manager Lara Gratsinopoulos in a heated Vinyasa level 2 class on a recent summer day.
Aug 05, 2014

Balancing the yoga business

by Joseph Gallivan
The proof that there’s a whole lot of yoga going on in Portland is visible on NW 14th Avenue between Marshall and Quimby Streets. Within four blocks there will soon be three places to practice…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOAN BROWN - Peggy Alter of Chocolate Craft works at her North Williams location.
Aug 05, 2014

The Sweet business of chocolate

by Joan Brown
Chocolate. The mere mention of it can make people lick their lips in anticipation. It can be light or dark, sweet or bitter, and is considered both an antioxidant and an aphrodisiac. However,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JULIA ROGERS - Ron Berret, founder and CEO of LinenTablecloth, showcases a ruffly white table setting in front of his fabrics.
Aug 05, 2014

Who needs bricks and mortar?

by Julia Rogers
In 2013, Oregon businesses, nonprofits and website publishers earned $780 million using online advertising tools from Google. LinenTablecloth, a Tigard company, represented Oregon’s small…
MEGAN LUMM
Aug 05, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: The five A's of handling customer complaints

by Megan Lum
Let’s be honest: No one enjoys receiving a complaint. However, as a business owner, managing negative feedback in a positive way is essential for growth and improvement. The poor handling of a…
Aug 04, 2014

Which of these 19 startups will go all the way?

by Joseph Gallivan
19 Startup PDX semi-finalists announced; PDC favors diverse candidates - The Portland Development Commission’s Startup PDX Challenge roster is now down to 19 companies. The public is invited to…
by: COLLEEN CAHILL STUDIOS - LaKeisha Michelle, singer/songwriter/entertainer, inspires the room to stand up and clap along to her song at the 2014 Oregon Womens Conference.
Jul 29, 2014

Empowering women in business

by Julia Rogers
“I’m an ordinary woman, doing extraordinary things,” sings LaKeisha Michelle, who wrote the song specially for the Oregon Women’s Conference. In the downstairs ballroom, more than 400 women…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JULIA ROGERS - Elias Cairo, right, grills Olympic Provisions sausages, the first time their menu was used for an event.
Jul 29, 2014

Good Food Awards stop in Stumptown

by Julia Rogers
In the Pacific Northwest, demand for local, organic, natural and fair trade products is commonplace, but until five years ago there was no nationally-accredited award accounting for all of those…
by: MICHAEL SHULTZ - An employee works with a ladle before pouring molten metal into a casting to create one of ESCO's products
Jul 29, 2014

ESCO shuts down a production line in original Northwest plant

by Joseph Gallivan
ESCO announced Monday it will lay off 20 full-time employees and about 50 temporary workers as it discontinues a production line in Northwest Portland at the end of 2014. The plant at NW 25th…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Remodelling continues of Firestation 21 on the Eastbank Esplanade. One member of the public suggested opening it up to the public for educational purposes.
Jul 29, 2014

Planners and dreamers

by Joseph Gallivan
City planners are envisioning what the 25-year future of Portland's Southeast Quadrant will look like City planners are currently deciding how central Portland will look by 2035, and this summer…
by: WATERLEAF DESIGN - The Lloyd Center ice rink will move slightly east and become more oval as part of a remodel designed to get the community more interested in staying to shop and getting shoppers to watch the ice skating.
Jul 24, 2014

Is Lloyd Center too old for the old nip/tuck?

by Joseph Gallivan
Classic mall starts $50 million remodel in August The Texas company which owns the Lloyd Center unveiled its plans for the mall’s latest remodel Thursday. The Lloyd Center will hark back to its…