Portland’s neighbor to the north is home to many types of successful and exciting business ventures. This week on Biz503, we’ll be talking with two officers from Vancouver-based companies about the work that they do, and how the city of … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 19: Vancouver Success Stories”
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.
Depending on how they’re counted, Portland is home to about a dozen indie and art house movie theaters. They all occupy a special niche in their communities, and this week, we’re talking about three of them and their histories, their … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 18: More Than A Movie Theater”
Half of any successful creative venture is the business of selling it: it’s one thing to create art or music, and it’s another to get your work into the hands of the people who want to pay for it.
The conventional wisdom usually goes something like this: Don’t date your co-workers, because relationship drama will follow — and make your life an awkward mess.
That same conventional wisdom also tell us that it’s not a great idea to raise … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 16: Married To Your Business Partner”
It goes without saying that climate change is part of the fabric of our lives these days, as rising sea levels, storms, and the other consequences of high-carbon economies start to take their toll on the environment. But Portland faces … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 15: Global Warming and Small Businesses”
Portland has long been considered a mecca for alternative transportation, with a sprawling public transit system and years of notoriety as a top bicycle commuting city. However, worsening traffic and an increase in road fatalities are coming head-to-head with Portland’s … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 14: Alternative Transportation”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 13: Portland’s Music Recording Scene”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 12: Immigration Policy’s Impact on Businesses”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 11: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 10: OR Winter Sports Industry”
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.
From milestones like OMSI to the Tilikum Crossing, the recent transformation of Portland’s Central Eastside is dramatic. The previously-industrial area now features tall residential buildings near the Burnside Bridge and new office buildings near the Hawthorne Bridge.
After actively preserving … Continue Reading “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 8: Changes to the Central Eastside”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 7: Empowering Women in Tech”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 6: The Portland Mercado, A Year and a Half In”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 5: Do It Yourself – Maker Spaces”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Episode 4: More Than a Business – Social Entrepreneurs”
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 “Biz503 Season 3 Ep. 3: State of the Food Carts”
Maybe this week’s episode should be called Biz360, since it’s all about Vancouver, Washington.
Portland’s neighbor to the north, across the Columbia River, annoyed for years by its moniker as a “bedroom” community to Portland, Vancouver is now part of … Continue Reading “Biz503 Ep 2 Vancouver Rising”
“There is definitely something about brand Portland that has taken a meteoric rise in our world – in terms of relevance, our lifestyle, our values. When we choose to live a bit more balanced, or more holistically, what we do … Continue Reading “PODCAST Biz503 Built Up Oregon”