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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 13: Portland’s Music Recording Scene

At PRP, Portland’s growing, evolving music scene is one of our favorite things about the city. While many local bands have reached national stardom, our city continues to produce a wider array of genres and artists. Recording all of this … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 12: Immigration Policy’s Impact on Businesses

This year has been a difficult one for immigrant and refugee communities in Oregon. Enforcement sweeps for undocumented immigrants and travel bans for refugees have left families and communities in a legal limbo.

For their part, immigration arrests have skyrocketed. … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 11: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Did you know that women start businesses at twice the rate of men, yet receive less than three percent of venture capital?

That fact, and other disparities, led a team of savvy entrepreneurs to launch Xxcelerate Fund, the Portland-based … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 10: OR Winter Sports Industry

Perhaps you’ve noticed it’s wintertime out there! But while there might have been some awfully cold days in the valley recently, that doesn’t necessarily translate to good skiing up on Mount Hood.

In fact, the weather has been pretty dreadful … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 9: Retailers Surviving the Internet Era

Today we’re discussing the survivors. Not the reality show but retail survivors, local businesses that keep their heads above water even as so many of us paddle over to Amazon to order every product imaginable delivered to our door.

These … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 7: Empowering Women in Tech

The tech industry, innovative and as it might see itself, has not always been the most modern in its views of gender within its own work. As if we needed more proof, the now infamous “Google memo” bears … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 6: The Portland Mercado, A Year and a Half In

Today we’re devoting an entire episode to the Portland Mercado, a unique Latino public market at 72nd and Foster in Southeast Portland. That’s just a mile up the street from our studios here at Portland Radio Project, in a … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 5: Do It Yourself – Maker Spaces

Let’s say you’re a sculptor or woodworker, but you don’t have the equipment or the even all the skills yet. You might be able to use a makerspace, a collaborative workspace where folks with an idea can find the tools, … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 4: More Than a Business – Social Entrepreneurs

Portland is home to a growing number of social entrepreneurs – business owners who make a social mission part if their bottom line. They saw a societal problem, and they saw business as a solution, as a way to actively Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Ep. 3: State of the Food Carts

Food carts are everywhere in this city. Depending on whom you believe and how you count, there are somewhere between 500 and 700 of them scattered across Portland. They sit alone on parking lots next to bars. They congregate in … Continue Reading

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