On the Scene

Portlandia: Fact or Fiction?

sceneblogbwWhat’s on the mind of Oregon voters?  Pollster Tim Hibbitts of DHM Research attempted to answer this question at a breakfast hosted by the Portland Business Alliance at the Governor Hotel early Wednesday morning.

On the Scene: An economic check-up

sceneblogbwThe League of Women Voters of Portland brought in a strong lineup of industry experts and prominent local CEOs for its March 8 forum, "The Oregon and Portland Economy--What's the Story?" Although many depressing statistics were tossed around, the prevailing outlook was positive.

On the Scene: 100 Best Companies awards

sceneblogbwOn March 3, more than 800 people gathered at the Oregon Convention Center to celebrate the best workplaces in Oregon. It was the 18th 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon event put on by Oregon Business magazine.

Green energy advocates keep it positive

sceneblogbwUniversity of Portland’s Buckley Center was filled with eager students, professionals and community members last weekend for a conference titled “Transforming Our Energy Futures.” The event painted a rosy picture of progress for alternative energy initiatives across the region - in spite of both federal and state inability to pass key energy legislation.

On the Scene: Tourism recovering in Portland

sceneblogbwTravel Portland President and CEO Jeff Miller presented his annual State of the Industry talk over breakfast on February 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland. Spirits were high as Miller provided a bright outlook for the industry that finally began to recover in 2010 after suffering during the economic downturn.

On The Scene: The Oregon Zoo

sceneblogbwThe director of the Oregon Zoo, Kimberly Smith, spoke to City Club members last Friday, unveiling a variety of new initiatives for the state's most popular paid tourist attraction.

On the Scene: Revenge of the Electric Car

sceneblogbwPortland State University and Portland General Electric brought filmmaker Chris Paine to Portland Thursday as part of the day-long forum on the future of electric cars at the 2011 Portland International Auto Show. The director of 2006's award-winning "Who Killed the Electric Car?" presented an audience of several hundred people with a carload of ideas.

On the Scene: Bushwhacker Cidery

sceneblogbwA longtime staple of pubs in England, alcoholic cider also has a long tradition in the U.S. That is why Johnny Appleseed planted his seeds, after all. And now the nation's first modern ciderhouse has landed smack dab in brewery-centric Portland.

On the Scene: leadership summit returns

sceneblogbwThe Oregon Business Plan's seventh annual leadership summit got under way this morning with the theme of breaking from business as usual. This theme comes despite major similarities between the state economy now in 2010 and in 2002 when the first summit was held.

On the Scene at Emma

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Ever wonder what the deal is with that building on East Burnside that features three images of a woman wearing glasses, accompanied simply by the word "Emma?"

On The Scene: The Portland Bottom Line

sceneblogbwMercy Corps held a book release party Wednesday for the launch of "The Portland Bottom Line: Practices for Your Small Business from America's Hotbed of Sustainability." The book was the brainchild of Peter Korchnak, and it features 51 stories from small business owners with a focus on sustainability.

On the Scene: Notes from a cliffhanger

sceneblogbwThe race for governor remains too close to call after a wild night that saw Republicans dominate nationally and Democrats fight to hold their ground in Oregon.

On The Scene: Portland gets its app on

sceneblogbwPortland celebrated this week the second round of its CivicApps project, an open source design contest for smart phone applications using Portland data sets to address civic issues.

On The Scene: Local Search

sceneblogbwLocal search is a topic that didn't exist just a few years ago, but now 20% of all Google queries are local searches - and that percentage doesn't even include smartphone searches, which are local by default. It's a big change, and it's only just begun. Here are some tips for making the most of local search to market a business's goods and services.

On The Scene: Portland Fashion Week

sceneblogbwPortland Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with an Installation Show featuring local artists and designers. The show brands itself as "the world's only comprehensively eco-conscious production of fashion week."

On The Scene: The 100 Best Nonprofits

sceneblogbwToday, our On The Scene blog goes behind the scenes at the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon event. Over 500 guests attended the awards dinner and celebration at the Portland Downtown Hilton last night, to celebrate excellence in the workplace and dedication to a worthwhile mission.

On The Scene: The 2010 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

sceneblogbwOver 730 supporters of entrepreneurship in Oregon gathered at the Hilton in downtown Portland last night to celebrate 14 local businesses that are making the most of a challenging situation by raising money, making strategic acquisitions and creating jobs.

On The Scene: The Old Spice Guy

sceneblogbwHello ladies. With that far-from-subtle opening line, Isaiah Mustafa slid straight from a boat onto a horse and right into the hearts of "ladies" everywhere.  His charming performance for Old Spice appeared during the Super Bowl, and immediately became a hit. So just how did Wieden + Kennedy create the wildly popular campaign?

On The Scene: Ecotourism comes to Portland

sceneblogbwThe fourth Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is in Portland today and Friday and this year it drew about 340 delegates from over 20 countries.  Put on by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) — which is celebrating its 20th year —the conference this year focuses on practical ideas.

On The Scene: Street of Dreams

sceneblogbwPortland’s high-profile Street of Dreams celebrated its 35th anniversary with a showcase of luxury houses in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a 1,250 sq. ft. pre-fab of the future from Ideabox that sells for about $150,000, to a 6,000 sq. ft. three-story mansion hidden in the forest. But in these trying times when Portland’s home sales are plummeting (the newest report from the National Association of Realtors shows that overall home sales in Portland were down 28.1% from last year), just how necessary is a show that touts the merits of expansive home gyms and large separate guest quarters?

On The Scene: SEO Tips and Tricks

sceneblogbwSearch Engine Academy Northwest held a short SEO training workshop on August 18.  Essentially SEO 101, the class went over quick changes anyone can make to their website to help the site rise higher in search results.