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  • Title: MercyCorps Northwest | Financing Change Through Microenterprise Development and Self-Employment | Serving Oregon and Washington
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to navigation (Press Enter).. Skip to main content (Press Enter).. home.. |.. search.. MCNW.. CLIENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY.. A.. M.. Studios.. We specialize in promotional, non-profit, and demonstration video production.. SPOTLIGHT.. 2012 Mercy Corps Northwest Annual Report.. Our 2012 Annual Report is here!.. Mercy Corps Northwest is excited to display our 2012 Annual Report.. This report summarizes.. CALENDAR..  ...   6PM - 8PM.. Presenter: Peter Vaughan Shaver.. → learn more about this business.. → read more.. of the MCNW Spotlight.. → see more.. about our upcoming events.. Get.. Connected.. Funder.. Spotlight.. http://www.. sba.. gov/.. " title="Small Business Administration" target="_blank">.. Our Parent.. Organization.. 2013 MercyCorps Northwest.. Site by NetRaising.. Home.. Donate.. Terms of Use.. Privacy Policy.. Site Map.. Contact Us..

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  • Title: Seeding Change in Small Businesses and Communities | Who We Are | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Skip to sub-navigation (Press Enter).. Seeding Change in Small Businesses and Communities.. Photo by Juan Carlos Delgado.. Erica and Naihma Deady, owners.. of Bike Commuter received a loan.. to expand their bike shop.. Hear their story.. View our Program.. Outcomes.. Mercy Corps Northwest programs work to increase economic self-sufficiency and community integration through microenterprise development and self-employment.. We assist low-income current and aspiring small-business owners throughout Oregon and Washington in order to reduce unemployment, grow personal incomes and assets, and increase economic growth.. Our mission.. runs parallel to the mission of our parent organization, Mercy Corps:.. To alleviate suffering, poverty  ...   Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).. Reentry programs and resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals.. Agricultural programs to help recent refugees and immigrants start small-scale farm enterprises.. Our Goals.. We designed our programs to achieve the following.. outcomes for our clients.. :.. Increased income.. Asset and net worth accumulation.. Community integration.. Housing stability.. Read More.. Who We Are.. MCNW Mission.. Staff and Board.. Loan Committee.. Community Partners and Funders.. Employment.. Volunteering.. Location.. MCNW Business Directory.. Support our local entrepreneurs and build the local economy.. Smart Advice Blog.. Tips, Tricks Business Strategy.. MCNW in the News.. Media coverage of MCNW programs, events, and clients..

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  • Title: Entrepreneurs and Mercy Corps Northwest | Who We Serve | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Entrepreneurs and Mercy Corps Northwest.. Client Profiles.. Client Business Directory.. Mercy Corps Northwest is committed to assisting all low-income populations throughout Oregon and in areas of Washington State by increasing their economic self-sufficiency and community integration through self-employment.. We do this by providing funding, matched savings, training and other services to clients that don t have access to traditional business financing and resources.. This improves their financial stability and empowers them to develop or expand a small business.. Client Demographics.. Our clients are 69% female and 31% male.. 38% of our clients come from Hispanic, African-American, Asian, immigrant/refugee and other minority communities.. The majority of MCNW clients live at, or slightly above, the federal poverty line and below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI).. Rarely do our clients incomes exceed 200% of the prevailing U.. S.. government poverty rate.. The average business revenue  ...   and pop” businesses.. They face unique challenges and are denied access to conventional lending due to a lack of operating history, credit, or collateral.. Nationally microenterprises represent the vast majority of all US.. businesses.. These microenterprises added between 4.. 5 and 5 million new jobs between 2000-2005.. In 2002, following the 2001 recession, microenterprises still created close to 1 million new jobs.. An Opportunity at Hand.. Statistically over 90% of all existing US microenterprises are not well served.. They lack what they need to help them thrive—funding and business expertise.. This is a missed opportunity for everyone.. When small businesses flourish, we all benefit.. Some of the broader social impacts of microenterprise development:.. New local services and products.. Graduation from public assistance.. Progress out of a poverty income.. Sustained self-employment.. Job creation and retention.. Stronger tax base.. Who We Serve.. Videos.. Business Directory..

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  • Title: We offer powerful resources to entrepreneurs. | What We Do | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: We offer powerful resources to entrepreneurs.. We provide business programs and resources through.. microloans.. ,.. matched business grants.. , and.. small business classes.. taught by business professionals.. We also support entrepreneurs with one-on-one.. business counseling.. Additionally, our.. prison reentry.. and.. refugee farming.. offer innovative solutions for  ...   Women’s Business Center (WBC).. in Oregon, providing funding, matched savings, and other resources to help female entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.. What We Do.. Small Business Classes.. Business Counseling.. Matching Grants.. Microloans.. Reentry Programs.. Refugee Farming.. Women's Business Center.. Federal Small Business Contracting.. AmeriCorps VISTA.. Community Initiatives.. Program Outcomes..

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  • Title: Small Business Resources in the Community and Online | Resources | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Small Business Resources in the Community and Online.. In addition to all the great resources provided by Mercy Corps Northwest, there is a wealth of resources in the local community and on the web.. Get Started.. by looking at business plan examples, utilizing start-up assessment tools, and applying  ...   business counseling, both online and in the local community.. Get Connected.. by joining social networking sites for small business owners, professional business networks, and researching chambers of commerce.. Get Informed.. by reading online business resource materials, including magazines, blogs and podcasts dedicated to small business.. Resources.. Get Connected..

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  • Title: Finding Mercy Corps Northwest | Contact Us | Who We Are | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Finding Mercy Corps Northwest.. View Larger Map.. Stay up-to-date by signing up for our newsletter!.. Email Address:.. Main Office.. 43 SW Naito Parkway.. Portland, OR 97204.. Seattle Office.. 509 Fairview Ave North.. Seattle, WA 98109.. Phone Number:.. Main: (503) 896-5070.. Fax: (503) 896-5071.. Language Option Extensions:.. French: (503) 896-5073.. Spanish: (503) 896-5077.. Russian:(503) 896-5078.. Education / Women s Business Center.. Randhi Wilson.. P: (503) 896-5087.. E:.. (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).. Oregon Loans.. Max Holfert.. P:  ...   IDA Program.. Ben Misley.. P: (503) 896-5083.. For the contact information for a particular staff member, please see the.. page.. Getting here:.. Our office is located at the riverside entrance of the building.. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation or bicycle when possible due to limited parking options.. The building is located by Red and Blue Max Lines (Skidmore Fountain stop) and within 2 blocks walking distance of lines 12, 16, 19, and 20.. Plan your trip with Trimet..

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  • Title: Client Profiles | Client Profiles | Who We Serve | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: John Stewart, Meat Cheese Bread.. photo and story by Kelsey Cardwell.. “Opening a business seems like a monumental task, but it’s not.. It’s just 300 small tasks.. You make a list of all the things you have to do and you check them off one at a time”.. John Stewart is as familiar with the mammoth challenges a new restaurant faces as anyone.. As a child, John dreamt of opening a hot dog stand.. In retrospect, it seems fitting that this would grow into his lifelong dream.. He began working in kitchens at the age of 14, more as a means of playing his favorite arcade game than to gain kitchen experience.. Regardless of how it started, food became John’s life.. He attended culinary school, cooked in countless kitchens, and after years of working for others, John was ready to make it his own.. However, starting a business is no small task.. Restaurants have an abysmal success rate, especially in Portland.. John had confidence though, and knew he was able to offer more than a good product.. He was persistent and used his network to its fullest potential, contacting mentors to help guide him through the many trials of restaurant ownership.. He even diligently worked his way through stacks of paperwork, (not his ideal activity, but  ...   made the loan.. Photo courtesy of Meat Cheese Bread.. When Meat Cheese Bread opened, the press caught on quickly.. Within a month, John received praise in Bon Appétit.. The announcement of the recession 2 weeks after opening day gave John pause, but ultimately didn’t prove to be a problem.. The fact is, John’s sandwiches are just that good.. “Every day that I come into work and we are really busy, it’s the best feeling ever,” says John.. Ever since opening, John has gotten used to entertaining guests from the media.. “It’s a funny thing when chefs get famous,” John says, “because by nature, we are a pretty private group.. I mean, we choose to work in kitchens.. To John, his restaurant is his baby, and he shows all the signs of a committed parent.. John employs four full-time and two part-time employees.. “My priorities have changed,” he says.. “I am the last person to get paid now.. “.. Although unlikely for new businesses, John started cash flow positive and has remained so ever since.. In a few short years, John has now paid off his business debts and is thinking about next steps.. Next time you have a rumbling stomach, head over to 1406 SE Stark for a delicious artisan sandwich.. Learn more at.. meatcheesebread.. com.. Back..

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  • Title: Client Profiles | Client Profiles | Who We Serve | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Joe Wirtheim, The Victory Garden of Tomorrow.. to promote our microloan program.. Thanks Joe!" width="270" height="360" />.. In 2011, we commissioned Joe to produce this work.. Thanks Joe!.. I want my artwork to sweep people up and take them to another place, where they can imagine a very exciting future.. Envisioning a brighter future: Prints to inspire in the Victory Garden of Tomorrow.. Joe Wirtheim is a man with a message.. Under the name.. Victory Garden of Tomorrow.. , Joe produces scenes that give a snapshot of a greener, more optimistic future.. Today, his poster prints have a national circulation, and in early 2011, appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine.. This holiday season, Joe is traveling around the country to share his art at craft shows and holiday bazaars.. Originally trained as an systems engineer, Joe discovered that he had an even stronger passion for communication, and became inspired by the WPA-era* poster art that implored people to live better.. “Today’s marketing plays on your insecurities and just tries to entice you to consume,” Joe tells us, “These older posters were the complete opposite.. They tried to get you to go do something in your backyard.. They said ‘Don’t be wasteful.. Be healthy.. ’ There’s an urgency to this message.. ”.. Joe made his first posters an art project, selling an occasional print or two on Etsy or at the Alberta St.. Fair.. “I didn’t even really know who was buying them,” Joe says, “Then I landed a spot in Whole Living, and  ...   to think like a business person.. I realized that if this is going to pay my rent, I need to track my sales and expenses more closely and set the right prices.. I owe that to myself.. The Victory Garden of Tomorrow also needed capital.. With an IDA matched savings grant, Joe was able to purchase software and imaging equipment.. “I had been using the student computer lab to access Adobe Creative Suite before this,” he remembers, “The camera I purchased has increased my ability to produce professional imagery.. It’s a durable good that will serve me for years to come.. Once started as an art project, and then a source of supplementary income, The Victory Garden of Tomorrow now allows Joe to employ himself full-time and pay a part time employee to manage all of his shipping.. “I’m just making the world a little bit of a better place, and also making money so I can support myself.. Ultimately though, The Victory Garden of Tomorrow’s mission is deeper than just making money.. Joe tells us “I want my artwork to sweep people up and take them to another place, where they can imagine a very exciting future.. People need positive images about our future, and in today’s culture we lack positivity.. I want to help people to feel empowered.. See more of Joe s artwork at.. victorygardenoftomorrow.. *Works Project Administration - the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, which employed millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects.. wikipedia.. org..

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  • Title: Client Profiles | Client Profiles | Who We Serve | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Suzanne and Dylan, Captured by Porches.. “Captured by Porches is ending up somewhere, spending a lot more time than you planned, and really enjoying yourself.. Captured by Porches.. (CbP) is a craft brewery that walks the walk.. Since 2002, local beer enthusiasts have delighted in their organic, small-batch product.. Even as they have gained prominent recognition amongst larger Portland breweries, CbP has remained true to their roots in community and artistry.. Originally a home brewer’s club started by Dylan Goldsmith and Suzanne Moodhe, CbP has remained a family operation since its creation.. “When we started this company, we had nothing,” Suzanne shares.. “I was a single mom, Dylan was a college student.. We were just good at what we wanted to do.. He was good at brewing, and I had a lot of bossy ideas.. Being creative people, we tried it.. Like many businesses, CbP was born out of a meticulous passion.. “Brewing on the front porch, Dylan would grind his own grains and do everything,” Suzanne reminisces, “our friends would bike by and stop to hang out for hours.. ” This environment set the tone for the business’ personality, and its name.. Photos by.. Juan Carlos Delgado.. This spirit holds true with CbP’s unique approach to serving: the beer bus.. Food cart customers enjoy their signature beer in three locations, transforming food cart pods into Northwest-style beer gardens.. Rotating taps are served from converted school busses, which also provide seating for winter patrons.. “It’s ‘come-as-you-are’,” Suzanne says.. “Everybody is welcome.. Kids, dogs, singles, couples.. The Beer Bus idea started as a partnership with Kruger’s farm.. Captured by Porches would serve beer at their summer Farm Tunes Concerts, and recognized that  ...   sought out Mercy Corps Northwest.. “[In the Business Foundations Course], one person was opening a furniture store, another a hair salon, and I was opening a brewing company.. Yet I felt these people were so similar.. We were all starting our own business.. Captured by Porches earned a grant to match their savings from Mercy Corps Northwest, and then received a loan.. With this capital, they were able to buy equipment like kettles and fermentation supplies.. “Brewing equipment is incredibly expensive, but the money really took care of the basic staples we needed.. Now Suzanne and Dylan have a business to support a family.. Their dream is to keep expanding, but not compromise on principles.. For example, they are currently the only Portland brewer that sells exclusively reusable bottles.. “It takes an enormous amount of energy to recycle a bottle.. You smash it up, melt it down, and recreate it,” Suzanne says, “We would like to expand the company, but still sell reusable bottles.. They also source mostly local and organic ingredients, and compost or recycle almost all their production waste.. The challenge that remains is scaling up while maintaining the integrity of the business model.. Someday, Suzanne and Dylan would like to move into a brick-and-mortar establishment, but still keep alive the idea of an integrated business community.. “We could have a nice bar, gardens, music and outdoor seating, but still have other people do the food,” Suzanne muses, “Then they would be doing well, we would be doing well, and it would be a place where everyone feels comfortable.. That’s what I want.. To learn more about Captured by Porches Beer and get some for yourself, go to.. capturedbyporches..

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  • Title: Celebrating Five Years of LIFE | News Archive | In the News | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Celebrating Five Years of LIFE.. Reflecting on Mercy Corps Northwest’s life-skills education program for incarcerated women.. March 2012 marks the five-year anniversary for.. LIFE (Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs).. A first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the 32-week program provides soon-to-be released women with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy, whether as employees or entrepreneurs.. LIFE has now graduated over 100 women from its program in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.. Most LIFE graduates have gone on to pursue regular employment, trade school, or community college after their release, while some have chosen to become self-employed.. In addition, Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) has provided micro-loans to five of the LIFE graduates to start or expand their own businesses.. “Stable employment is key to reducing recidivism,” said John Haines, Executive Director of MCNW.. “Even as incarceration rates continue to rise around the country, fewer than three percent of the women who completed the LIFE program have returned to prison.. More than just business skills.. While entrepreneurship training is one part of the program, the overarching goal is to prepare women for stable employment.. The curriculum covers small business planning, as well as interpersonal skills that help prepare them for the workplace, including negotiation, effective communication and collaboration.. “I think the greatest contribution is giving the women hope and a reason to dream and plan for a better life,” reflects Doug Cooper, Assistant Director at MCNW.. “In many ways, the steps that we teach for building a business are an allegory for constructing a new life.. Over the past 5 years, LIFE has evolved to encompass a broadening range of life skills.. In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Funding Partnership program provided a 4-year grant to MCNW and the Multnomah County Health Department to partner and enhance the LIFE curricula by drawing stronger connections between successful employment and health.. “New modules were created including nutrition and exercise, stress management, effective communication, and action planning,” says Alison Goldstein of Multnomah County Health Department, who co-teaches LIFE.. “This work allows us to help incarcerated women think deliberately about their health and incorporate healthy behaviors as it relates to business development and successful employment.. Many women participate in LIFE twice, but take leadership and mentorship roles the second time around to help guide their peers and to build self confidence.. MCNW also connects them to resources at the.. Reentry Transition Center.. upon their release.. This approach provides a continuum of support that addresses the root causes of recidivism.. “With a felony record, we need more resources to find a career that we love,” says Megan, a LIFE graduate.. “I don’t even like to think about where I would be if I didn’t go through the LIFE program.. Graduating from LIFE.. Looking towards the future.. LIFE is at an exciting crossroads.. In early 2012, the program expanded to Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, WA.. The Paul G.. Allen Family Foundation announced a three-year capacity building grant of $165,000 to further expand the LIFE program, as well as to extend MCNW’s small business loan program in Washington State.. “In the next three years, we anticipate being able to train 70 women in the LIFE program, with the goal that 25 percent of them will have steady employment one year after their release,” says Anthony Gromko, Washington Programs Manager for MCNW.. With ever-increasing reach and impact, the team of partners that deliver LIFE will face challenges down the road, but are confident about the efficacy of the program, and hopeful that the model will be adopted by other organizations to replicate across the country.. “We hear from the women that the class gives them hope to do something meaningful with their lives,” says Erica Strachan, co-teacher of LIFE.. “Self-esteem and confidence are priceless assets, and we are helping these women to gain both.. See the special on KPTV, aired March 18th, 2012.. Special Thanks to Multnomah County Health Department.. At the Multnomah County Health Department, we understand the connection between successful employment, health, and keeping people out of prisons/jails.. Health starts where we live, learn, work, and play.. People need work to be healthy AND people need good health to work.. What the Media are Saying about Mercy Corps Northwest.. Faith Cathcart/The Oregonian.. Startup: Portland-based Plywerk builds a business, brand from bamboo panels.. By.. Molly Young.. , The Oregonian.. Read full story here.. Kim Oanh Nguyen-van Zoen  ...   2012.. Spare a Quarter Mil? So you need a loan.. Here’s how to get one.. by Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Willamette Week, April 4th, 2012.. Startup: Portland-based Plywerk builds a business, brand from bamboo panels.. by Molly Young, The Oregonian, March 27th, 2012.. LIFE after prison: Class teaches skills for post-release success.. by Natalie Brand, KPTV Fox 12, March 15th, 2012.. 2011.. Acupuncturist gets start with Mercy Corps help.. by Molly Walker, Yamhill Valley News Register, December 18th, 2011.. Small business lending in a tough environment: Q A with the Small Business Development Center s Rick Stone.. By Molly Young, The Oregonian, November 12th, 2011.. Armchair Mayor: Katrina Scotto di Carlo.. By Bill McDonald, Neighborhood Notes, October 28th, 2011.. Business Behind Bars.. Your Business: Education Nation, MSNBC, September 24th, 2011.. SBA Awards Grants to Support Small Business Teaming.. MarketWatch, September 23rd, 2011.. Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in.. by Deena Prichep, Northwest News Network, September 15th, 2011.. Interview with John Haines, Doug Cooper, Alverda McCoy Felton Howard.. by Ann Schatz, Heart of the Matter, September 15th, 2011.. Small business owners struggle to turn social media likes into sales.. by Molly Young, Oregonian, September 3rd, 2011.. Interview with Community Outreach Coordinator Loren Guerriero.. by Professor Lauri Smedley, Small Business H.. E.. L.. P.. , August 16th, 2011.. About the Portland Grower s Alliance.. by Liz Crain, Food Lover s Guide to Portland Blog, August 8th, 2011.. Female Prison Inmates Trained To Start Businesses.. by Deena Prichep, National Public Radio, June 7th, 2011.. Mercy Corps Northwest wins two SBA Awards: 2011 Women in Business Champion and 2011 Regional Award for Excellence Innovation.. Small Business Administration Awards Dinner, May 12th, 2011.. Five Microenterprise Organizations Selected for Scale Academy.. CSR Newswire, May 4th, 2011.. Southeast Portland Garden Provides Income, Produce for Neighbors.. by John Chilson for Neighborhood Notes, May 19th, 2011.. SBA Portland names small-business award winners.. The Oregonian, March 31st, 2011.. Escuela Viva prepares students to learn through building positive attitudes.. El Hispanic News, February 4th, 2011.. Pressed for success: Self-employed by necessity, a divorced mother of two says failure isn t an option.. The Oregonian, February 6th, 2011.. 2010.. Hawthorne Boulevard artist aims to help other young creatives stick in Portland.. The Oregonian, December 7th, 2010.. Two crowd-sourced books feature well-known local character: Portland; Peter Korchnak s book debuts with Mercy Corps kickoff Wednesday.. The Oregonian, November 9th, 2010.. John Haines, The Dream Life.. The Oregonian, November 12th, 2010.. Mercy Corps Northwest Supports Initiative to Provide Marketing Services for Beginning and Refugee Farmers.. dBusinessNews, August 4, 2010.. Some Loans Come With a Bonus of Training, Supervision.. The Columbian, by Libby Tucker, July 27, 2010.. Health Clinic for the Uninsured Expands.. The Columbian, June 10, 2010.. Mercy Corps Northwest client Clinica de Salud Familiar expands its space to serve more clients.. Mercy Corps Northwest ran a 4-page spread in the Oregonian on June 17.. In it, we highlighted our connection to Mercy Corps and our work with urban farms, small businesses and prisoner reentry.. Mercy Corps Northwest was a community partner at the ReVisioning Value Conference | ReVV 2010: The Intersection of Purpose and Profit.. Read more about the conference at:.. http://mercycorpsnw.. wordpress.. com/.. http://revisioningvalue.. org/.. Renting helps new farmers grow their businesses.. The Oregonian, by Casey Parks, 4/17/2010.. How farmers and organizations are renting land to cobble together urban farms, including MCNW s farming initiative with immigrant and refugee farmers.. Mercy Corps Micro Loan Backs Chic-to-Chic Boutique Opening.. The Hillsboro Argus, by Susan Gordanier, 4/6/2010.. Stephanie McCulla s clothing boutique in Forest Grove opened this month with the help of a micro loan from Mercy Corps Northwest.. Willamette Week s 3rd annual Eat Mobile Event benefits Mercy Corps Northwest.. Portland s KPTV news covers the opening of a MCNW client.. Small Loans Can Fuel Big Dreams.. The Portland Tribune, by Peter Korn, 1/7/2010.. Microloans here and abroad, focusing on The Bike Commuter, a Sellwood area bike shop starting up with help from MCNW.. Portland Food Carts Push Through Recession.. Oregon Business Magazine, by Lucy Burningham, 1/2010.. Lucy Burningham (a MCNW IDA participant) writes about how Portland food carts are thriving in tough times, many of them with help from microlenders like Mercy Corps Northwest.. Food Carts Put Global Trend on the Menu.. The Portland Tribune, by Peter Korn, 1/19/09.. The global array of food carts in Portland, with mention of the MCNW funded Sugar Cube cart on N.. Mississippi.. In the News.. News Archive.. Press Releases..

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  • Title: Networking Tools Checklist | Blog | MercyCorps Northwest
    Descriptive info: Networking Tools Checklist.. 08/06/13 |.. Comments [0].. Networking is a great way to meet new friends and make valuable connections for your business, which often result in new clients.. But networking effectively requires more than just showing up with a smile where folks gather; you re gonna need a plan and some important stuff to make the most of your meetings.. Here s your list of must-have networking tools:.. 1.. A networking plan.. Where, when, with whom, and why are you networking?.. 2.. A killer elevator speech with an awesome 30-second follow-up so you can answer that what do you do question comfortably and clearly.. 3.. A memorable self-introduction.. It can be sweet, charming, funny, or even surprising, but it must help others remember you in a positive light.. 4.. A business card.. Duh.. The people you meet may want to connect with you later, and a business card with your contact information makes that happen.. 5.. A pen.. Because you re going to want to take notes.. 6.. A great answer to the what s new question, so that you.. Read The Full Post.. The Three F’s Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Master.. 06/03/13 |.. By Kent Lewis.. Kent will be presenting.. “Learning from a Serial Entrepreneur”.. on Wednesday, June 5th from 6 to 9 pm.. As a long-time entrepreneur, I’ve had the opportunity to found and co-found a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.. More recently, I’ve sat on advisory boards for other companies and have been mildly surprised at the nature of the common struggles they each face.. While there are many moving parts required to  ...   working for a business offering health insurance might spend an average of 30 minutes each year in deciding which health plan is best for them their families.. The main provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take effect on January 1, 2014.. Pre-existing condition limitations will be removed from health plans, and the Individual Mandate will take effect, imposing tax penalties on those going without health insurance.. Oregon’s Health Insurance Exchange will be up and running, offering a new array of plan options available to all Oregonians.. If enrolling on a plan through the Exchange you might be eligible to receive a subsidized premium which will be based on your income and family size.. Many questions will arise as to.. Know your Copy(rights)!.. 05/10/13 |.. By Peter Vaughan Shaver, Esq.. , a Portland-based arts entertainment attorney.. Peter will present.. on May 22nd, 6-8pm.. Knowledge of copyright law is essential for anyone providing creative services or products of any kind, including artists, designers, writers, photographers and craftspeople.. Every creative business endeavor involves copyrights and contracts that implicate them.. An essential understanding of basic copyright law terminology is critical to protecting your creative work and avoiding giving up too many rights.. Many creative businesses and service providers get into legal trouble due to working with clients and consumers without proper knowledge of copyrights.. If you have an arts-based business, or even a hobby, that involves producing creative works or products, you need to know how to best protect yourself against infringement or unauthorized use by others.. Many consumers of creative services do not.. Blog.. Marketing.. Finance.. Legal.. Strategy.. Technology..

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