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.

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 … Continue Reading “Biz503 Podcast Preview: Can My Idea Make Money?”

Marketing

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: Must-Have Marketing Knowledge”

millennials

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 “PODCAST Biz503: Millennials in the Workplace”

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: Meet the Makers”

mom-and-pop

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: Mom-and-Pop Businesses”

athletic apparel

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

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 “PODCAST Biz503: The Sharing Economy”

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 “PODCAST Biz503: Jobs in the Performing Arts”

encore

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 “Biz503: Encore Entrepreneurs”

craft beverage

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 “PODCAST: Biz503 Craft Beverages”

redefining

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 “Biz503: Redefining Retirement”

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: Access to Food”

Local Music Business

How can musicians make a living in Portland?

Biz503 brought together industry experts who know the answer to this question, along with some pitfalls aspiring rock stars face. Take advantage of this opportunity to tune in to our encore episode … Continue Reading “PODCAST Biz503: How Can Musicians Make it in the Music Biz?”

capital

There’s an endless diversity of startup ideas in Portland, but they almost all have one thing in common: They need capital to launch.

Luckily, not only does our city have a robust startup scene, but we’re also innovative and entrepreneurial … Continue Reading “PODCAST Biz503: Access to Capital”

poverty

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 Solving Poverty: Programs that Work”

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: Portland Building Density”

tax

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: Should Corporate Taxes be Higher?”

women

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 “PODCAST Biz503: Women In Sci/Tech Careers”

customer

In the business world, the most valued customer is a return customer.

The statistics are swimming all over the Internet – although return customers may be only a small fraction of a business customer’s base, they account for an average … Continue Reading “PODCAST Biz503: Creating Return Customers”