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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRP Listener Survey

You listen to us, now we’re listening to you.

When do you listen? How do you listen? This short, five question survey will help us grow and evolve as your favorite radio station.

There will be more surveys to come, … Continue Reading

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

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

PODCAST: Biz503 Craft Beverages

If you know Oregon, you know that we’re in the middle of a craft-brewing craze. Portland alone boasts almost 60 breweries – that’s more than any city in the world! And we lead the U.S. in craft beer sales, with … Continue Reading

Biz503: Redefining Retirement

There’s no expiration date on following one’s passions.

While young entrepreneurs often steal the spotlight, a large swath of people entering what’s traditionally known as “retirement age” are deciding that they’re not ready to quit working. In fact, people 50-plus … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Access to Food

Did you know that your zip code may be more important than your genetic code in determining life-long health – and your risk of disease?

It’s true. According to researchers, people who grow up in “Food Deserts” may be at … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503 Solving Poverty: Programs that Work

Incredibly, most Oregon families in poverty are working families. And, in some parts of downtown Portland, as many as 60 percent of residents have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Tent camping and sidewalk sleeping is so widespread in Portland … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Portland Building Density

Can Portland double its population, yet preserve its signature culture? That’s a question on many minds as our city continues to undergo rapid changes spurred by a flood of new residents.

According to a recent New York Times article, Portland’s … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Should Corporate Taxes be Higher?

Measure 97 – an innocuous name for a contentious proposal to raise corporate taxes in Oregon.

Formally known as Initiative Petition 28, the measure will be presented to Oregon voters on the November ballot. If it passes, Measure 97 would … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Women In Sci/Tech Careers

The statistics change from year to year, but the story they tell is the same: There’s a significant gender gap in technology and science-related fields.

Although women make up roughly half of the U.S. population, they’re a distinct minority in … Continue Reading