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On The Scene: Social networking in the corporate world

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Four panel members from very different social media backgrounds, ranging from one whose company blocks social media unless approved by management to one who counsels businesses on avoiding lawsuits stemming from social media, came together to discuss how social media is rapidly changing the business world. 

On The Scene: Wyden's beer bash

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Sen. Ron Wyden met with members of the Oregon craft brewing community to discuss his proposed tax breaks.  Out of all of Oregon's industries, why should the government be helping brewers?

On the Scene: Portland's indie music

sceneblogbwThe City Club of Portland explored the city's indie music scene with a forum on Friday featuring four local musicians and Metro President David Bragdon as moderator.  What exactly is it about Portland that is encouraging so many musicians to move to the area, and how can the city capitalize on this community asset?

On the Scene: Creating content for good

sceneblogbwFor 30 hours last weekend, Pioneer Square was a three-ring circus of sorts, with swing dance lessons, Taiko drums and a comedian named Sasquatch, all streamed live to the Internet. This wasn’t just another YouTube video; it was the future of fundraising.

On the Scene: Good, clean beer

sceneblogbwNeon pink wrist-banded beer lovers teetered around North Portland’s Overlook Park this weekend for the 6th annual North American Organic Brewer Festival. It wasn't just about booze and frivolity; the organic beer market has more than doubled over five years.

On The Scene: Bringing local downtown

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Farmer's markets aren't recession-proof, but it's not a bad time to be a vendor in Portland. This year brings the Portland farmers market's largest expansion to date, with a new market downtown on Mondays and another on Thursdays at NW 23rd. These expansions show a greater desire to bring farm-fresh produce to an expanding and diversifying audience.

On The Scene: Business the cowboy way

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The 120-plus ranchers of Country Natural Beef put on a fair in Portland's Director Park last Wednesday to promote their product. Some of CNB’s vendors — New Seasons, Burgerville, Bon Appetit — sold CNB products and other snacks to show just where the product goes. The event displayed one thing clearly: The ranchers know what they’re doing.

On The Scene: The Beer Business

sceneblogbwOEN holds a PubTalk every month. But last night’s topic was particularly apropos: the business of beer. The panel included Irene Firmat of Full Sail Brewing, Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi, and Charlie Devereux of Double Mountain. Oregon’s craft beer industry brings $2.3 billion into the state’s economy annually and employs 4700 people.

On The Scene: On the map and in the future

sceneblogbwAmber Case and Aaron Parecki are from the future—or, at the very least, they are a bit ahead of their time. They are creating a new software product that will track users' locations and give them updates, send SMS messages to their friends and colleagues, and do more things that we might not understand. Case and Parecki presented their project, "Geoloqi," this week at Open Source Bridge.

On The Scene: Electric future

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Electric cars: it's a big buzz, but do we know where the future is really going? Trucking company Navistar came to Portland this week to launch their new $149,000 all-electric van, and the tone was optimistic.

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