BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Hot on the heels of our September cover story spotlighting Oregon's thriving legal sex businesses, Trojan, the 90+ year-old condom brand, hosted an event in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square yesterday to give away thousands of its relatively new line of vibrators.
BY KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER | BEND CORRESPONDENT
When it comes to cars, it’s a man’s world, and it has been for more than a century. But when it comes to household purchases, modern women hold the purse strings. Heels and Wheels, an annual women's automotive conference held in Bend this past week, spotlights industry trends for female consumers.
BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR
“This will be the decade in which we find out who wants to live above a Walmart,” Uwe Brandes says. Environmental, financial and demographic trends have created a new economy that will radically change urban planning and development patterns through 2020.
In the past, picturing alternative energy solutions might have conjured up images of a VW bus running on vegetable oil reclaimed from local fast food joints. Now, especially in the Northwest, new energy solutions are so much more.
Oregon's craft distillers are beginning to hold their own when it comes to national attention right alongside the big boys of local beermakers and Willamette Valley winemakers. From House Spirits' Aviation Gin to Clear Creek Distillery's pear-in-the-bottle brandy, Oregon's spirit entrepreneurs are making waves in the industry.
Mobile advertising has hit an all-time high, and apps have exploded in the U.S. and globally. What should a business do to keep up? Web editor Emma Hall finds a few answers at a recent Innovation in Motion panel.
What is it about Portland that makes it a hub for a new type of business that focuses just as much on sustainability as on profits? In a room packed with MBA students, small business owners and local politicians, three young, innovative CEOs explained the answer on a recent panel titled "Not Your Grandma's CEO: Innovative Leadership from the Pacific Northwest."
Zeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of The Outsourcing Company, an Internet marketing agency in Portland. He recently gave a free SEO seminar at Portland Community College. Everyone from writers and bloggers to CEOS gathered to learn how to bring more customers to their websites.
It only took Orchestra Team six months to earn $1 million after graduating from regional entrepreneurial incubator Portland Ten's 10-week training program. The software company started with the petroleum industry, and now is moving into the craft beer market.