On the Scene

Portland shows love for sex toys

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

09.11.13 Thumbnail PleasureCartHot 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.

What women want — in a car

BY KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER | BEND CORRESPONDENT

06.05.13 Thumbnail JeepWhen 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.

Real estate market adapts to rapidly changing economy

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.11.13 Thumbnail CityPlanning“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.

Sustainable businesses honored at NWEC conference

12.05.12 Thumbnail SustainableFive Oregon companies were honored by the Oregon Governor's office as leaders in the sustainability field at the NWEC conference. 

On the scene: Emerging energy solutions

sceneblogbwIn 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.

Making the case for Portland's global cred

imo-blogSaskia Sassen first coined the term "global city" in her book The Global City, published in 1991. She defined a global city as one that tangibly influences world affairs in terms of politics, culture, and various socio-economic means. John Jay, global creative director for Wieden + Kennedy, says that Portland is coming of age as a global city. Oregon Business web editor Emma Hall explores what that means.

Oregon's growing spirits industry

sceneblogbwOregon'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.

On the scene: keeping afloat in a sea of mobile trends

sceneblogbwMobile 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.

Innovative leadership from the Pacific Northwest

sceneblogbwWhat 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."

On the Scene: OB's 100 Best Nonprofits

sceneblogbwMore than 500 people celebrated the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon last night at the Portland Downtown Hilton. The 100 Best were named by Oregon Business magazine in its third annual survey of nonprofit workplace practices.

Greater Portland Inc.'s Economic Summit

sceneblogbwPolitical and business leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate Greater Portland Inc.'s transformation into a public-private sector economic development organization.

On the Scene: Multnomah Food Summit

sceneblogbwAt the second annual Multnomah Food Summit, Tom Osdoba posed a question to a group of nonprofit workers and food growers: We don't always buy the absolute cheapest house, car or clothing we can find, so why do we buy the cheapest food?

On the Scene: 100 Best Green Companies awards

sceneblogbwIn other states, being part of the 100 Best Green Companies would be a cakewalk. But in Oregon it takes a lot more to be top ranked since it's almost a requirement to use sustainable practices if you want to do business here.

On the Scene: 140 random characters

sceneblogbwThe 140 Characters Conference NW focuses on the changing ways people are communicating now thanks to social media. A wide variety of speakers, from business and nonprofit leaders to government officials, spoke on the way social media helps them engage a wider audience and connect with people in ways never before possible.

On the Scene: Companies That Care symposium

sceneblogbwA company's engagement can not only advance its business, but can also provide a good work environment and improve the community-at-large. The Center for Companies That Care 2011 Symposium focused on just that, by honoring Pacific Northwest and national companies as well as providing tips and case studies on just how engagement works and why it is so important to any business.

On the Scene at the Oregon CEO Summit

sceneblogbwAbout 160 business leaders and Oregon State University students and faculty members gathered in Portland to hear about the role of innovation in business from prominent CEOs representing the core industries of Oregon.

On the Scene: SEO keyword seminar

sceneblogbwZeke 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.

On the Scene: Intel exec calls for ed investment

sceneblogbwIntel VP Renee James used the podium at today's Portland Business Alliance annual meeting to advocate for investment in education in order to compete globally for the need for skilled workers. Oregon is 49th among states for college enrollment.

On the Scene: Entrepreneurs Anonymous

sceneblogbwEntrepreneurs young and old gathered at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's April 2011 PubTalk. The OEN gatherings allow entrepreneurs to gain feedback on their pitches from a group of peers. Two emerging entrepreneurs present a 5-minute pitch, and then one featured entrepreneur gives a longer overview, fielding questions from the audience. Yesterday, the entrepreneurs ranged from a "mompreneur" to a snowboarder.

On the Scene: hot trends in foodservice

sceneblogbwA group of high schoolers waited in line for pulled pork sandwiches alongside women in business attire and men in brewery T-shirts. A few booths over, restaurant owners contemplated investing in shatterproof drinkware, and nearby, a group of restaurateurs exclaimed over Torani's new fruit smoothie mixes. The event was the 49th annual Northwest Foodservice Show.

Orchestra earns a million in six months

sceneblogbwIt 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.