Business is booming - for industrial development

Business is booming - for industrial development

Speculative construction demonstrates high demand for space in Gresham, East County Analysts...

Paid sick day law needs work

Paid sick day law needs work

Some businesses are finding Portland's new ordinance problematic Ten months after its...

Geared for bikes, beer and the bottom line

Geared for bikes, beer and the bottom line

Beer has cropped up for sale at bike repair shops in Idaho, North Carolina, New York, but Oregon...

At risk to earn

At risk to earn

Portland software company hopes to give one-to-one marketing the push it needs Imagine...

Jobs for all - for now

Jobs for all - for now

In an up economy, Portlanders hit the job fair in search of seasonal work One of the leading...

What will Cicerone certification do for Portland's craft beer industry?

What will Cicerone certification do for Portland's craft beer industry?

As the variety and popularity of craft beer grows, so does the range of knowledge needed to...

Making employee health a priority

Making employee health a priority

Portland workers are ditching the cubicle for the elliptical. Looking to improve the well-being...

Lake Oswego company connecting students with universities

Lake Oswego company connecting students with universities

American college students today stand a 40 percent chance of changing universities —...

HERITAGE MATTERS: More than 100 years of making great coffee

HERITAGE MATTERS: More than 100 years of making great coffee

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Hands on across America

Hands on across America

Walking through the machine shop at Clackamas Community College’s Manufacturing Lab room is...

Portland favors small business - despite lower wages

Portland favors small business - despite lower wages

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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: 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…
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.
October 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.
October 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.
October 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…
JULIA ANDERSON
October 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…
October 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,…
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…
KPAM AM860 was recently named Radio Station of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
October 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…
Clinicient CEO, Rick Jung.
October 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.
October 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.
October 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: JAIME VALDEZ - Grant Medeiros manages Moreland Farmers Pantry,  which specializes in selling only non-GMO products.
October 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.
October 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 .
October 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.
October 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
October 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.…
October 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…
October 01, 2014

SAIF to seek new CEO

by Peter Wong
Interim president will retire as 3 new members join board. SAIF Corp., Oregon’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance, will soon seek a new chief executive. Interim CEO John Gilkey…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: MARRAKESH - Belly dancers routinely perform at Marrakesh.
September 30, 2014

Marrakesh celebrates 25 years

by Jessica Valencia
Marrakesh sits on the corner of Northrup and NW 21st, under the shadow of the Legacy Good Samaritan campus. The building doesn’t scream for attention, barring the terra cotta pink paint, but the…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - Darrell Goodley hacks a coil in a refrigeration class at Portland Community Colleges new trades center.
September 30, 2014

Trading Up

by Joseph Gallivan
Swan Island Trades Center takes in first students to learn blue collar tech skills. When Portland Community College opened its brand new Swan Island Trades Center on Monday, Sept. 22, it was…

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Photo Credit: JON HOUSE - Elemental Technologies VP of Marketing Keith Wymbs uses an iPad in front of his company's television display.
Sep 30, 2014

They find Elemental solutions

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland firm makes software for complex global video streaming Remember when video streaming was a grainy, postage stamp-sized Real Player window that stopped every six seconds? Elemental…
Photo Credit: CROWDSTREET - Tore Steen, CEO of crowdfunding site fro real estate investors CrowdSupply, hired two new execs and raised seed funding
Sep 23, 2014

Portland's crowdfunding real estate company CrowdStreet raises…

by Joseph Gallivan
Real Estate Marketplace Raises $800,000. Portland’s CrowdStreet announced Tuesday it has raised $800,000 in seed funding, led by Green Visor Capital and Seven Peaks Ventures and joined by…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Brad Tonkin talks about his fathers love of Ferrari in the bright and spacious showroom of the familys new Wilsonville dealership.
Sep 23, 2014

Thriving, not just surviving

by Jim Redden
Auto dealers are enjoying their highest sales since before the start of the Great Recession — welcome news for those who survived the economic turmoil that shook up the industry just a few years…
Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tim Williams has been named executive director of the Governors office of Film and TV.
Sep 23, 2014

Williams named as new director of state's office of film and TV

by Kendra Hogue
Tim Williams has been named executive director of the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & TV, based in Portland. He officially starts the job Oct. 1. Previously based in London and New York, most…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: THEME DRAGON - Third startup by 27: Lindsay Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Theme Dragon and Stat Dragon, which allow people to make web videos and animations cheaply and quickly, then minutely track the viewers with the goal of converting them to a sale.
Sep 23, 2014

TECH TONIC: Portland startup offers web cartoons and the stats…

by Joseph Gallivan
Every company by now knows the value of online video. People will sit through a 90 second cartoon but they won’t struggle through a top left 200 word explainer. Are you still with me? Lindsay…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Soc it to em: Self style Krav Maga and MMF trainer Lynn Le started Society Nine to sell tough workout wear to tougher even women. Design + Culture Labs Joy Alise Davis figures out how urban design can be more inclusive.
Sep 23, 2014

Six new upstarts

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland Development Commission's six startups move in The Portland Development Commission is in the startup game, encouraging little companies to make the most of their assets (mentors, real…
Sep 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…
Julia Anderson
Sep 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…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Brian Hollet works in the open floor of Rentrak's downtown office.
Sep 17, 2014

Who watches what?

by Jules Rogers
When you go to the movie theater, rent from Redbox or watch TV, you become a number. Whether you’re watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO or On Demand, every click — to record, change movies or…
Photo Credit: JONATHAN HOUSE - Living on the Edge: Staff at Auto Warehousings expanded facility at Terminal 6 tweak hundreds of Ford Edge SUVs for export to China, where drivers want different horns, lights and smokers kits.
Sep 17, 2014

FAST BOAT TO CHINA

by Joseph Gallivan
Port of Portland expands into mixed goods even as container volume declines At Auto Warehousing Co. on the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, temporary workers drive dozens of Ford Explorers and…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: EMILY GREEN - After completing each task, Mason Stafford, a 23-year-old autistic man working at Valley Cinema Pub, checks the item off on a list of duties he refers to throughout his shift, which enables him to work independently.
Sep 17, 2014

A move toward integrated employment

by Emily Green
DHS invests more than $6 million to aid businesses in the hiring of disabled workers Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Mason Stafford begins his two-hour shift at Valley Cinema Pub in Beaverton. He…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Jahmal Landers, one of the founding members of Bowyer and Fletcher, says, If you dress well, and take time out of your day to put on a tie, youre going to be in a much better mood.
Sep 17, 2014

It's hard to feel bad when you look good

by Scott Keith
Look up two words in the dictionary and you’ll discover that a Bowyer is a maker of shooting bows, and a Fletcher is a maker of arrows. Put these two words together and you have the name of a…
Sep 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…
Sep 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.…
Sep 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
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Three generations of the Itami family currently work in the Kern Park Flower Shoppe. Holly Itami Springfels (l); her grandmother, 92-year old Fumi Itami; and her daughter Kimberly Walker. Walker is in charge of many of the day to day operations.
Sep 10, 2014

Flower shop serves community for 99 years

by John M. Vincent
It’s not uncommon to see a few generations carry on the family’s business. But five generations is pretty special, especially when that family has been through what the Itami family of Southeast…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - Theaters such as Cinetopia have long appealed to adults by serving alcohol and high-quality food. Now big chains such as Regal are inching in that direction.
Sep 10, 2014

Can drinking save Hollywood?

by Joseph Gallivan
Any adult who recently sat though the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” knows it might have seemed better after a pitcher of ale, or perhaps a goblet of Cliff Creek Claret. Perhaps that…
Photo Credit: JAMA SOFTWARE - Barry Allen becomes CFO of Jama Software
Sep 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.
Sep 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,…
Sep 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…