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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...

225 travel agents can't be wrong

225 travel agents can't be wrong

Tourism is the largest export in the United States, commanding 25 percent of exportation’s...

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...

A Techfest for the rest of us

A Techfest for the rest of us

If MusicfestNW is the cool-ish, gray-haired skateboarder who has seen it all, TechFestNW is its...

HERITAGE MATTERS: The Immortal Piano

HERITAGE MATTERS: The Immortal Piano

My wife Cheryl grew up with a piano in her home. When it came time to bring it into our house,...

Who needs bricks and mortar?

Who needs bricks and mortar?

In 2013, Oregon businesses, nonprofits and website publishers earned $780 million using online...

Balancing the yoga business

Balancing the yoga business

The proof that there’s a whole lot of yoga going on in Portland is visible on NW 14th Avenue...

The Sweet business of chocolate

The Sweet business of chocolate

Chocolate. The mere mention of it can make people lick their lips in anticipation. It can be...

Planners and dreamers

Planners and dreamers

City planners are envisioning what the 25-year future of Portland's Southeast Quadrant will look...

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...

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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 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…
August 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.
August 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: SUBMITTED PHOTO - KNAPP
August 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…
MEGAN LUMM
August 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…
August 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.
July 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.
July 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
July 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: 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.
July 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…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW SEASONS MARKET - A rendering shows the New Seasons Market planned in North Portland.
July 23, 2014

Another New Seasons in Portland?

by Joseph Gallivan
St Johns is next for the locavore store treatment New Seasons Market announced Wednesday, July 23, that it plans to open a 25,000-square-foot grocery store at the southeast corner of North…
July 23, 2014

Allstate regional expansion looks for more 'good hands'

by Pamplin Media Group
Allstate Insurance Co. in Bothell, Wash., plans to add local agency owners in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii this year, expanding its recruiting campaign to find 51 new exclusive…
Frye was appointed VP of Marketing after the proposed merger of TriQuint and RF Micro Devices.
July 23, 2014

Marketing VP of proposed TriQuint merger 'works hard, plays hard'

by Kate Stringer
Forest Grove's Brandi Frye is a mother, a wife and a professional dynamo When Brandi Frye drives from her Forest Grove neighborhood to her Hillsboro job at TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., she…
by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Business Oregon's pragmatic new boss Sean Robbins is here to sell Oregons quality to the world, and its value to the region
July 22, 2014

Cooperative play

by Joseph Gallivan
New Business Oregon boss praises cooperation and innovation but plays down handouts “Oregon: where life ignites work.” That’s the slogan that Sean Robbins favors. He happily admits he brought it…
by: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Better than golf: CrowdStreets Tore Steen studies the art of the online real estate deal.
July 22, 2014

TECH TONIC: Crowd Man

by Joseph Gallivan
Tore Steen's CrowdStreet gives more accredited investors (and the couch potatoes) access to commercial real estate deals You know crowdfunding has gone mainstream when it takes on the…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Future Angels of America: Brian Forrester, CEO of the startup Buddyup, which uses database software and cloud storage to set up study groups for students.
July 22, 2014

Will you click next to me?

by Julia Rogers
More than 40 percent of college students can’t finish their bachelor’s degrees within six years — or ever — according to a report released by the American Institutes for Research this January.…
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: GARY ALLEN - Family honor - Brigitte Hoss wanted to open Franziska Haus to honor her grandmother who always dreamed of doing just that. Now the bed and breakfast is complete and serving customers.
July 16, 2014

Franziska Haus a family affair

by Katy Sword
Dundee B-n-B honors past generations, seeks to be relaxing retreat in wine country The Franziska Haus is truly a family affair. Not only is the Dundee bed and breakfast run entirely by one…
by: SUBMITTED - Competing for a good cause - For the second year, baristas will compete in Caravan Coffee's Barista Show-Down for the winning title and to raise money for Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity.
July 16, 2014

Showdown looking to be part of change

by Katy Sword
Upcoming barista competition will raise money for Habitat for Humanity When Marcus Karaffa does something, he likes to dream big. “My philosophy is if we want to make the world a better place,…
by: GBD ARCHITECTS - If you worked here youd be home now: Residential development is finally on its way to the Lloyd District. A rendering, looking east, of Hassalo on Eighth, a three building retail and apartment complex slated to open fall 2015.
July 15, 2014

So long seventies

by Joseph Gallivan
Lloyd District development takes off at last It feels like permanent 1974 in the Lloyd District: the blank concrete walls, the streets deserted after office hours, the city park dominated after…
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…

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by: CONTRIBUTED BY: MARC FIORITO, GAMMA NINE PHOTOGRAPHY - The team from Olympic Provisions at the Good Food Marketplace.
Jul 15, 2014

Good food and great businesses

by Julia Rogers
The Good Food Awards is coming to Portland on Friday, July 18, on a three-city roadshow including Washington D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri. This year is the Good Food Awards’ fifth anniversary of…
Julia Anderson writes Smart Money.
Jul 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…
Jul 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
Jul 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.
Jul 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: COURTESY OF DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA - Daimler Trucks North America, located in Portland, is one of the German-owned companies in Oregon. Here, robots manufacture the cab of a Freightliner truck.
Jul 08, 2014

The importance of Foreign Direct Investment

by Joseph Gallivan
What do Daimler, Genentech and Jeld-Wen all have in common? They are all examples of foreign direct investment — money from abroad that has a multiplier effect in the Portland area economy.…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - An artists rendering, by Ankrom Moisan Architects, of the LOCA development being proposed for the Southeast Portland goat blocks.
Jul 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
Jul 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…
Jul 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,…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Makaio Joseph, 2, of LaGrande, Oregon makes some memories on the antique carousel with his father Dillon Joseph.
Jul 08, 2014

HERITAGE MATTERS: Portland's memory maker

by John M. Vincent
Portland's memory maker The Oaks Amusement Park refuses to budge from the family focus illustrated in its early newspaper advertisements For me, it was Safety Patrol picnics and watching…
Jul 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,…