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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Tinker, Tailor, Portland Maker

Oregon’s maker movement owes plenty to Portland’s status as a mecca of manufacturing and a long lucrative tradition of making stuff — rail cars, ships, machine tools. Affordable warehouse also helped fuel the maker-boom.
But who are makers?  Is today’s maker movement any different than when the first Schnitzers, and others like them, arrived in Portland to earn their livings as metal benders, rag pickers and wood workers? How will the loss of warehouse space in the Central Eastside impact the maker movement? How can makers and manufacturers work together to grow the business of making things?
Join owners of micro businesses, manufacturing experts and policy makers to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing Portland’s burgeoning maker economy.

  • Linda Baker Editor, Oregon Business Magazine


  • Chris Harder
    Economic Development Manager,
    Portland Development
  • Kyle D'Auria Founder & Maker, Deoria Made
  • Kelley Roy Owner & Founder, ADX
  • Claire Juttelstad Director of Manufacturing, Keen



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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: The Future of Food

Portland is widely known for its pioneering food culture; the local, organic bounty, artisan cooking and farm-to-table restaurants.  Now a new generation of food halls, public markets and distribution centers are reshaping the landscape, fueling an exciting era of collaboration and shared infrastructure.

  • What is driving the food hub trend?

  • Can Portland food businesses grow and maintain authenticity?

  • Should Portland form a “food cluster” to help shape food policy?

Join leading restaurateurs, food policy advocates and industry executives for a lively, interactive discussion about the future of food in Portland: what we eat, how we eat it and where it's going to come from.


  • Linda Baker
    Oregon Business Magazine
  • Sam Tannahill
    Founder/Wine Grower,
    A-Z Wineworks | Rex Hill
  • Mike Thelin
    Co-Founder Feast Portland & Culinary Curator of Pine Street Market
  • Amanda Oborne
    Vice President,
    Food & Farms, Ecotrust
  • Nate Tilden
    Clyde Commons & Olympia Provisions



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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Game On


Portland is a small market with an outsize affinity for professional sports. Now cutting edge technologies and new retail and sponsorship opportunities are deepening the love—and growing the money.

  • How are local sports franchises using social media and content marketing to deepen the fan experience?
  • How can — and should — the public sector help grow professional sports teams?
  • Why are Portland teams leading the nation on greening sports management and events?

Register below to reserve your spot!


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  • Justin Zeulner
    Green Sports Alliance
  • Chris McGowan
    Trail Blazers
  • Ellen Schmidt-Devlin
    Sports Product
    Management Program, University of Oregon
  • K.L. Wombacher
    Hillsboro Hops
  • Mike Golub
    President, Business Operations
    Portland Timbers



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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Up in Smoke


Hot Topics/Cool Talks

Tuesday, June 23th, 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Providence Park

June: "Up in Smoke: Navigating the Pot Industry"

Is the cannabis sector a good startup opportunity? Can employers prohibit employees from using marijuana in the workplace?  How will grow operations impact utilities and energy efficiency?

Join Oregon Business for a multi-faceted conversation about business, the workplace and the new legal marijuana landscape.

  • Linda Baker
    Oregon Business

  • John Morris
    Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director

  • Paul Loney
    Paul Loney Law,
    Assists clients in marijuana-related business law

  • Kyle Abraham
    Barran Liebman

  • Steve Fowler
    Safety Coordinator,
    Emerick Construction



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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Quake Smart

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Hot Topics/Cool Talks

Wednesday, May 20th, 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Providence Park

Quake Smart: Innovation in a Seismic Zone

Are you ready for the Big One?

Join Oregon Business for a conversation about  new technologies, building designs and risk management practices that are pushing earthquake preparedness forward.

  • Linda Baker
    Oregon Business
  • Justin Yuen
    FMYI (For My Innovation)
  • Jay Raskin
    Architect; Vice chair, Oregon Earthquake Commission; former mayor, Cannon Beach
  • Yumei Wang
    Geotechnical Engineer,
    Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Portland Office
  • Mary Faulkner, Senior Vice President, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management. Former communications director, American Red Cross



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Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Tech in Transit


Hot Topics/Cool Talks: Tech in Transit

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:30 a.m. at Providence Park

Will Portland build the next Uber?

From light rail to bike lanes, Oregon is nationally recognized as an urban mobility innovator.  Now a new generation of technology companies and public private partnerships is reshaping the transportation landscape.

How can the public sector work with  companies to shape the future of mobility? What are the regulatory challenges and market opportunities?

Join Oregon Business for a lively panel discussion featuring representatives from ridesharing companies, mobility startups and transit agencies.

  • Linda Baker
    Editor, Oregon Business
  • Nat Parker
  • Brad Biddle
    Open Bike Inc.
  • Teresa Christopherson
    Clackamas County
    Mt. Hood Express
  • Brooke Steger
    General Manager
    Uber Seattle



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