Touchdown, liftoff

Touchdown, liftoff

In a hangar at Columbia Helicopters Inc., (CHI) at the Aurora State Airport, 20 miles south of...

Oregon Square hopes to be Portland's family room

Oregon Square hopes to be Portland's family room

You’ve heard of Portland’s Living Room. Get ready for Portland’s Family Room. ...

Su Casa

Su Casa

Vacation rental management firm Vacasa is growing at warp speed, although not all the hires are...

HERITAGE MATTERS: Creating family traditions for 70 years

HERITAGE MATTERS: Creating family traditions for 70 years

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It's your personal lockbox

It's your personal lockbox

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Safe shopping is in the hands of the consumer

Safe shopping is in the hands of the consumer

Americans are expected to spend $616.9 billion dollars on retail purchases in November and...

Army goes 'green' with Neil Kelly cabinets

Army goes 'green' with Neil Kelly cabinets

The U.S. Army recently drafted Tom Kelly, president and CEO of Portland-based Neil Kelly...

Square 2.0

Square 2.0

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Design for working

Design for working

Two Portland architecture firms ride the boom while trying to stay true to themselves Toward the...

Consolidation leads to fewer dealers, bigger companies

Consolidation leads to fewer dealers, bigger companies

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TEC Equipment keeps on truckin'

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December 17, 2014

Study shows economy's strengths and fault lines

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland's economy is back. But for how long? The Portland Business Alliance published its fifth annual Economic Check-Up today, Wednesday. The good news: jobs are coming back. The bad news:…
December 16, 2014

Nike plans big expansion

by Shannon O. Wells
The Washington County Land Use and Transportation Department has approved Nike’s proposed $150 million expansion plan - with conditions related mostly to road accesses and traffic control…
Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Market returns to normal - The overplanting of trees in the early 2000s has given away to more frugal yields the past three years, meaning the price per Christmas tree is better for growers in the state.
December 16, 2014

Christmas tree growers regain market Share

by Gary Allen
After years of oversupply in the Christmas tree industry, things are turning around for wholesale growers in Oregon. “Grower prices went up a couple dollars a tree this year,” said Bryan…
December 16, 2014

Oregon proposes crowdfunding rules

by Peter Wong
Oregon’s proposed regulation of crowdfunding, which typically relies on the Internet to raise start-up money for small businesses, has drawn favorable comments from securities lawyers and…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Matt Pomerinke of Longview, Wash., was just 21 and working at a lumber mill when his arm was caught in an unguarded conveyer drive chain and ultimately amputated just below the elbow. Now, as part of L&I's Injured Young Workers Speakers Program, he tells his story and talks about safety awareness with young people ages 16 to 24 in schools and workplaces.
December 16, 2014

"Timberrrrr!" won't cut it any more.

by Joseph Gallivan
Matt Pomerinke runs equipment and works on paper machines at Capstone in Longview, despite his false arm. His job is to take a big roll of paper and cut it into four rolls, for use on cardboard.…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Brannon's Pub and Brewery owner Kevin Brannon enjoys a beer brewed just feet away from the circular bar area.
December 11, 2014

The beer is here

by Shannon O. Wells
Brannon's offers 10 microbrews, Sunday brunch in downtown Beaverton If you wander into the just-opened Brannon’s Pub and Brewery, you’ll likely notice how the industrial, metal gear-oriented…
Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - This customized Honda Odyssey minivan was converted for wheelchair use with a Braun Ability mobility kit. This and other similar conversions can cost upward of $20,000, although the company gives veterans a sizable discount.
December 09, 2014

MPJ Mobility helps people with disabilities stay on the road

by The Spokesman
MPJ Mobility, a company that converts vehicles to meet the needs of disabled drivers and passengers, has set up a location in Wilsonville to serve the Portland metro area. “We’re primarily in…
The larger space allows for easier display of gowns plus private dressing/viewing rooms and twice the space for alterations.
December 11, 2014

Anna's Bridal in new, roomier space

by Barb Randall
Anna’s Bridal Boutique and Bridal Bliss have moved to 402 North State St. in downtown Lake Oswego. At 4,000 square feet, the new space provides much more showroom space, plus private dressing…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - BPMI's Ben McClurg talks about the company's new product, the Pierce and Seal, which helps keep the spout of a caulking gun clean, in the new Tualatin warehouse.
December 09, 2014

Home maintenance made easy

by Caitlin Feldman
Home improvement products might not fly off the shelves, but when you need them, you want them to work. President and founder of BPMI, Inc. (Building Products Manufacturing International), Ben…
December 03, 2014

Oregon proposes crowdfunding limits

by Peter Wong
$250,000 per venture, $2,500 per investor. Oregon’s proposed regulation of crowdfunding, which typically relies on the Internet to raise start-up money for small businesses, has drawn favorable…
MEGAN LUM
December 04, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: End the year on a good note

by Megan Lum
The year is winding down, and the holidays are upon us. The remaining days of your 2014 calendar are likely filled with parties, dinners and family gatherings. It’s time to put business on the…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Mukesh Dulani, SolarWorld U.S. president, praised work by Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (left) during the Hillsboro companys Oct. 30 announcement that it planned to expand production and add up to 200 new jobs.
December 04, 2014

SolarWorld expansion brings new jobs

by Kendra Hogue
Hillsboro’s SolarWorld Industries America is growing, but the growth is not expected to be obvious from the outside. SolarWorld, which develops and manufactures solar panels, announced last…
December 02, 2014

Su Vacasa

by Joseph Gallivan
Vacation rental biz says it will hire 2,000 in Oregon, 6,000 worldwide in 2015. Vacation rental company Vacasa has unveiled plans to expand internationally and hire 6,000 new employees in 2015.…
Photo Credit: GBD ARCHITECTS - Proposed Oregon Square development.
November 26, 2014

Oregon Square to be Portland's family room

by Joseph Gallivan
Lloyd District development will bring apartments, shops, water and more bikes, You’ve heard of Portland’s Living Room. Get ready for Portland’s Family Room. East side style. That was the message…
Photo Credit: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Gross shows off her favorite dress currently available for purchase at the time at her store Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique.
November 25, 2014

In fine fashion

by Drew Dakessian
Throughout the city and across the nation, there is a type of women whose fashion sense leans decidedly toward the retro. To them, old fashion is anything but old-fashioned. They have a woman…
Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - 'We have very exciting plans for the WEB and the adjacent properties,' Nick Bunick says, 'that we have not yet fully disclosed to city officials and the public.'
November 25, 2014

Bunick: Nonprofit is '100 percent committed' to buying WEB

by Saundra Sorenson
Local businessman Nick Bunick and his nonprofit The Great Tomorrow really do intend to take the West End Building off the city’s hands. The 14-acre property at 4101 Kruse Way, with its nearly…
November 25, 2014

Education is key for the jobs of tomorrow

by Jim Redden
Two themes recurred throughout a panel discussion titled “Investing in an Educated Workforce” presented by the Portland Business Alliance at its Nov. 19 breakfast forum. First, income inequality…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Todd Mansfield, founder of Pagatim, a full-service podcasting company, is seen through the window of his studio on Southeast Powell Boulevard.
November 25, 2014

TECH TONIC: Podcasting made easy

by Joseph Gallivan
Podcasts, which are really just on demand radio, sound easy to make. But who has time to do all the soundproofing, Skyping and SEO-ing that it takes to break into the iTunes Top One Million?…
November 20, 2014

Trio of Oregon companies have top scores on equality index

by Peter Wong
Group's report follows ratings of 353 cities; both based on sexual orientation policies. Three of seven rated Oregon companies scored 100 on an index measuring equality based on sexual…
DAVID SYMES
November 18, 2014

Employers: MJ is legal. Now what?

by Alexa Altman
Within days of the passing of Measure 91, employment attorney David Symes’ phone and inbox flared with queries from anxious employers, concerned their break rooms and drug policies might become…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: DEAN BAKER - Pat Wallace (left) is on a mission to help blind people start businesses of their own. Wallace has founded the Blind and Disabled Business Owners of America, and the Blind Entrepreneurs of America.
November 18, 2014

Blind businessman works to make entrepreneurs of other blind…

by Dean Baker
You might not see a rebel or a reformer when you watch Pat Wallace tapping down the street with his white cane, but that’s what he is. Blind since he was 10 years old, Wallace has started and…
JULIA ANDERSON
November 18, 2014

SMART MONEY: May-December retirement planning

by Julia Anderson
He’s taking Social Security benefits. You’ve got 12 years to go until at age 62 you can even consider taking benefits. He’s talking more and more about golf courses in Arizona. You are engrossed…
November 18, 2014

Hands-free fun at any speed

by Joseph Gallivan
Jaguar Land Rover opens infotainment research center in the Pearl District The cement path is not quite done yet, but the pinball machines and the big TVs are on, and the doors are open at…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: OMEP - Manufacturing professionals met recently as a part of the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
November 18, 2014

Manufacturing GDP in Oregon

by Jennifer Meacham
Amidst the buzz of the Beaver State being a hub for high tech business, Oregon has remained the state with the greatest share of its economy tied to manufacturing. As of 2011, 29 percent of…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: EMILY GREEN - Jesus Martinez worked as a financial analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps. The skills he learned enabled him to easily transfer into a civilian job with Northwestern Mutual.
November 11, 2014

A very particular set of skills

by Emily Green
Despite having less formal education, big businesses say what veterans do possess is good for their companies According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, in 2013, the unemployment…

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Photo Credit: COURESTY RUSSELL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY - Two historic buildings at SW Oak and Naito Blvd next to which Wyndham Worldwide hopes to build a six-story timeshare hotel.
Nov 11, 2014

A new timeshare for an historic district

by Joseph Gallivan
What’s your mental image of Portland’s waterfront at Southwest Naito? Tourists wandering around with large pink boxes and squinting at parking meters? Or men in bowler hats and heavy wool suits…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: PORT OF PORTLAND - The Troutdale Airport is in the midst of a developing a plan for its next 20 years.
Nov 11, 2014

Troutdale Airport looks toward the future

by Dean Baker
The Troutdale Airport hosted 107,782 takeoffs and landings and accommodated 145 aircraft in its hangars and tie-downs last year. It is the third largest in Oregon, after Portland International…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - R2C Group leaders Sue Collins, Steve Diamond, Michelle Cardinal and Jane Crisan in front of the Modern Media Building on NW Park Ave.
Nov 11, 2014

Call now to find out who we are!

by Joseph Gallivan
There’s a mini game of Monopoly going on in the North Park blocks that you may not have noticed. The R2C Group, an ad agency that specializes in direct response marketing (the stuff that urges…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Chief Operating Officer Steve Stadum wil be looking to reach the $1 billion fundraising goal.
Nov 11, 2014

Knight Cancer Institute could be big business

by Julia Anderson
As OHSU Knight Cancer Institute nears its ambitious $500-million fundraising goal, executives there are starting to plan ahead. The result is expected to have a lasting impact on the medical…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Virginia Cafe general manager Leah Douvris arrived at the cafe in 1995 to manage the bar for one month.  Shes still there.
Nov 11, 2014

HERITAGE MATTERS: Virginia Cafe - Portland's comfortable place…

by John M. Vincent
October marked the 100th anniversary of a downtown Portland institution. Although it has moved a couple of times, the Virginia Cafe is set to carry their welcoming traditions into a second…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ming Hsu, with his wife Angela, and sons Ryan and Alan stand outside the new Best in Class Education Center in Beaverton, which will help tutor students.
Nov 06, 2014

New enrichment center opens in Beaverton

by Ray Pitz
Best in Class focuses on math and English enrichment Best in Class Education Center, which provides education enrichment programs, is expanding its operations in Washington County by opening a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: OLE OLSEN, KOIN 6 NEWS - ACE Academy Charter School students were on hand late last month when Kenneth Simonson, chief economist for American General Contractors of America delivered the results of a survey, which showed the need for craft workers.
Nov 04, 2014

WANTED: Commercial contractors

by Jennifer Meacham
Today, P&C Construction workers are adding an elevator to a Johns Landing school and a credit union to the Providence Park Fred Meyer store, but P&C President Steve Malany worries about the…
DR. TOM POTIOWSKY
Nov 04, 2014

Economy on the mend

by Vance W. Tong
Dr. Tom Potiowsky says the economy is slowing down, but is still improving There was good news delivered by Dr. Tom Potiowsky at the 2014 Fall Kruse Way Economic Forum last week. The Oregon…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Canaries in a gold mine: locals pols, including Suzanne Bonamici and Mayor Hales, showed up for the groundbreaking of the Abigail apartments last week.
Nov 04, 2014

Abigail's party

by Joseph Gallivan
They’re about to fill in another square in the tic-tac-toe game that is the development of the North Pearl District. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, developers, architects and politicians gathered for the…
MEGAN LUM
Nov 04, 2014

BETTER BUSINESS: Stand out on Small Business Saturday

by Megan Lum
With Thanksgiving approaching, our minds are focused on two things: How am I going to cook the turkey this year, and where am I going to go shopping over the weekend? For decades, Black Friday…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Julie Logan of Nutmeg brings the lulz with her gif texting app.
Nov 04, 2014

Who likes PIE?

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland Incubator Experiment celebrates five years The Portland Incubator Experiment celebrated its fifth birthday recently with a round of backslapping and forward-looking statements at its…
Photo Credit: PHOTOS COURTESY: MAILEEN HAMTO - In its fifth year, the Night for Networking attracted nearly 500 people eager to make business connections between employers and people with disabilities.
Nov 04, 2014

'Everyone deserves a fair chance'

by Jules Rogers
Night for Networking matches employers with people with disabilities Job descriptions outline specific specialities, and as job searchers know, it’s difficult to sift through the options to find…
Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - Customers at Rivermark Community Credit Union use automated computer technologies and are assisted by service representatives at the Gresham Station branch.
Nov 04, 2014

Rivermark unveils newest technology

by Anne Endicott
Credit union introduces Live Personal Teller Kiosks in new branch With today’s warp nine lifestyles, Rivermark Community Credit Union intends to return an unexpected dividend to its customers —…
Oct 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.
Oct 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: COURTESY: NICK FARINA - Serving beer is helping to save some bicycle repair businesses in Portland.
Oct 28, 2014

Geared for bikes, beer and the bottom line

by Jennifer Meacham
Beer has cropped up for sale at bike repair shops in Idaho, North Carolina, New York, but Oregon is home to at least six repair shops also serving up suds, including no less than three in…
Photo Credit: GWICW - The new Goodwill Outlet Store at 5950 NE 122nd Avenue near Portland International Airport.
Oct 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…
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 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…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: LISA FRACK, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF FAMILY FORWARD - Family Forward Executive Director Andrea Paluso speaks at a press conference outside Portland City Hall immediately following the passage of the Portland Protected Sick Time ordinance on March 13, 2013. Family Forward is leading the campaign to make paid sick time required across the state.
Oct 28, 2014

Paid sick day law needs work

by Emily Green
Some businesses are finding Portland's new ordinance problematic Ten months after its implementation, advocates for Portland’s Protected Sick Time law say the local workforce is better off now…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - James McDermott and Aaron Raddon are the co-founders of Lytics, a software company that helps firms take control of their marketing strategy.
Oct 28, 2014

At risk to earn

by Joseph Gallivan
Portland software company hopes to give one-to-one marketing the push it needs Imagine you’re a millennial who likes to Facebook in the afternoon, blow up Instagram from your stand-up…