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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

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

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

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

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

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

Retirement is outdated.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To bootstrap or to fundraise? That is the question entrepreneurs face.

Although seed capital is abundant these days, there are incentives to do it on your own dime. Bootstrappers have more control over their business; they’re forced to be innovative … Continue Reading

Cranes and construction crew are a common sight in Portland these days, and you can blame it on the building boom. Since the 1980’s our city has been committed to density over sprawl, and now a revitalized market and … Continue Reading

Older workers bring with them many advantageous qualities: Stability, excellent teamwork skills, good judgment born of experience, and company loyalty, to name a few. So why is long-term unemployment among older workers a major national concern?

According to an Continue Reading

Maybe it’s just growing pains, but these days everyone in Portland is talking about how this city is facing down big issues as its population climbs.

The skyline is getting crowded, there’s a critical lack of affordable housing, … Continue Reading

We like to keep it local in Portland.

It’s a trend that can be blamed on our DYI tenancies, a population full of artists and freethinkers, or maybe the remnants of an Oregon pioneering spirit. There are also artist collaboratives … Continue Reading