Biz503

Introducing BIZ503: the new Portland-centric startup and small business podcast on PRP.fm. BIZ503 is broadcast every Friday at 1:00 p.m. at 99.1 fm (in the heart of Portland) and streams to a worldwide audience at prp.fm. Shortly after each broadcast, podcasts are available on iTunes – or wherever you get your podcasts.

Bootstrapping your startup

Biz503 Podcast Preview: How to Bootstrap Your Startup

To bootstrap or to fundraise? That’s one of the many forks in the road entrepreneurs have to decide between.

Although seed capital is abundant these days, there are incentives to launch a business on your own dime. Bootstrappers have more … Continue Reading

how to attract the right team

Biz503 Podcast Preview: How to Attract the Right Team

It’s one thing to convince people that your startup has potential – it’s a whole other thing to convince people that your potential startup should be their next place of employment.

This is a challenge that plagues business big and … Continue Reading

Beta testing

Biz503 Podcast: The Basics of Beta Testing

Beta testing

You may have grand visions of breezily launching a business from concept to product, with not a hitch in between…but let’s be practical. Few startups make it up the success ladder without planning, testing, and revising.

And that mean beta

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Beta testing

Biz503 Podcast Preview: The Basics of Beta Testing

You may have grand visions of breezily launching a business from concept to product, with not a hitch in between…but let’s be practical. Few startups make it up the success ladder without planning, testing, and revising.

And that mean beta … Continue Reading

nuts and bolts of prototyping

Biz503 Podcast: The Nuts & Bolts of Prototyping

nuts and bolts of prototyping

A picture may paint a thousand words, but a prototype can save you a thousand dollars.

There’s nothing like a physical mock-up of a product to give an entrepreneur a clear vision of the flaws and strengths of their innovation.

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nuts and bolts of prototyping

Biz503 Podcast Preview: The Nuts & Bolts of Prototyping

A picture may paint a thousand words, but a prototype can save you a thousand dollars.

There’s nothing like a physical mock-up of a product to give an entrepreneur a clear vision of the flaws and strengths of their innovation. … Continue Reading

Idea to Business Plan

Biz503 Podcast: Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks

Patents and copyrights and trademarks, oh my!

That’s what a novice entrepreneur might think when facing down these aspects of intellectual property law, right?

And to be fair, these are not elements of running a business that come intuitively to

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Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks

Biz503 Podcast Preview: Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

Patents and copyrights and trademarks, oh my!

That’s what a novice entrepreneur might think when facing down these aspects of intellectual property law, right?

And to be fair, these are not elements of running a business that come intuitively to … Continue Reading

Idea to Business Plan

Biz503 Podcast: From Idea to Business Plan

Idea to Business Plan

We all have a million ideas, but only a few entrepreneurs successfully turn ideas into millions.

What’s the trick?

Here’s a hint – it takes a lot of work. Assuming that you’ve gone through the steps of validating your business

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Idea to Business Plan

Biz503 Podcast Preview: From Idea to Business Plan

We all have a million ideas, but only a few entrepreneurs successfully turn ideas into millions.

What’s the trick?

Here’s a hint – it takes a lot of work. Assuming that you’ve gone through the steps of validating your business … Continue Reading

Turn Your Idea Into Money

Biz503 Podcast: Can My Idea Make Money?

Turn Your Idea Into Money

You have a lightbulb moment – while stuck in traffic, in the shower, or at 3 a.m. Maybe it’s an idea, a product, a solution, a fantastic business plan…and it starts to grow on you.

The natural question to ask

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Turn Your Idea Into Money

Biz503 Podcast Preview: Can My Idea Make Money?

You have a lightbulb moment – while stuck in traffic, in the shower, or at 3 a.m. Maybe it’s an idea, a product, a solution, a fantastic business plan…and it starts to grow on you.

The natural question to ask … Continue Reading

Marketing

PODCAST Biz503: Must-Have Marketing Knowledge

Here’s the challenge: Marketers don’t always know how to “market”.

Many small business owners and entrepreneurs have great ideas, amazing talents and an abundance of energy. But when it comes to effectively reaching an audience of potential product buyers, challenges … Continue Reading

millennials

PODCAST Biz503: Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials get their share of unflattering media attention. They’ve been labeled entitled, tech-obsessed, and maybe a little lazy. But good news trickles in too, and some companies are embracing the better qualities of that generation, such as high-productivity, innovation, … Continue Reading

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PODCAST Biz503: Meet the Makers

Portland is at the forefront of another movement. It has nothing to do with recycling, vote-by-mail, land-use planning, or weed. The Portland-made zeitgeist in the air is the Maker Movement, part of a global trend away from mass-manufactured goods and … Continue Reading

mom-and-pop

PODCAST Biz503: Mom-and-Pop Businesses

There’s something to be said about standing the test of time.

We all know a mom-and-pop shop. Maybe it’s the corner florist, or the bakery that’s been in business since you were a kid. Maybe you know the owners and … Continue Reading

athletic apparel

PODCAST Biz503: On The Growth Track – Oregon’s Athletic Apparel Industry

Here there be giants – industry giants. Nike. Adidas. Columbia Sportswear. And newcomer Under Armour.

Oregon has been an unexpected magnet for athletic apparel companies since Nike moved its world headquarters to Beaverton in 1990. In the decades following, the … Continue Reading

sharing economy

PODCAST Biz503: The Sharing Economy

The term “sharing economy” has been bounced around as a savvy, economical alternative to traditional methods of exchanging goods and services. But what exactly is it?

The basic premise of the sharing economy is collaborative consumption – people share resources … Continue Reading

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PODCAST Biz503: Jobs in the Performing Arts

Performing arts and culture of many kinds are widely believed to enrich our lives, spark community vitality and even improve student test scores. They’re also the first to be dismissed as unnecessary frills in budgetary hard times.

With our … Continue Reading

encore

Biz503: Encore Entrepreneurs

Retirement is outdated.

Or at least that’s the attitude of the growing number of folks 50-plus who are launching startups, turning their hobbies into businesses and/or staying involved in the workforce. These people are ditching the word “retirement” in exchange … Continue Reading