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    • Green Dash

        Business Profie: Green Dash, LCC established July 10th, 2014 Owner: Wei Chen Website: http://www.green-dash.com/        Tell us about your business.We specialize in introducing a healthy western lifestyle to Chinese consumers by not only bringing high quality Oregon food products and other health products to China, but also by educating Chinese consumers on healthy eating and healthy living. GreenDash LLC provides export and distribution services to and in the Chinese market. What inspired you to...

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    • LANA VEENKER CASTING

      Months into growing a fledgling casting company, Lana Veenker began looking for a different kind of talent — one that could help her figure out how to keep her small business on track. She found it at a Small Business Development Center class at Portland Community College. “The SBDC class forces you to think about your business and where you are going,” says Veenker.In addition to the monthly class, she received one-on-one counseling sessions with SBDC’s Director of Education, Jackie Babicky....

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    • Mudshark Studios

      Northeast Portland small business, who is making a living feeding off the mud, might not be so small for too long. Mudshark Studios LLC is fresh off of their Olympics debut where the ceramic production company created foot mold plaques of 13 Team USA athletes for a New York advertising company. Their work appeared in Citibank ads in build up to the 2012 London Games. “The plaques got flown to London and were on display outside the Team USA green room area for the athletes and some of the...

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    • Nutcase Helmets

      Nutcase Helmets’ story begins at the Oregon State and University of Oregon rivalry game. Michael Morrow, former creative director at Nike, wanted to properly cheer on his team, the Beavers; he took an old helmet and bolted rubber ducks with drawn-on uniform numbers and crossed out eyes. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Michael stumbled upon niche – helmets that are fun to wear and an outlet for self-expression. And so, with his wife Miriam Berman, Nutcase Helmets was born in 2000....

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    • Pacific Networks

      Don't let the office size fool you. Pacific Networks has big plans outside of the Portland Metro region. Nuon Suon started the company in 2006 providing telecommunication systems to businesses, but his plan has always been to export to his home country of Cambodia. Soon after Nuon hired Charles King as office manager, they formally started looking into exporting to Cambodia as a separate division of Pacific Networks. The economy in Cambodia is booming and “they want American-made products,”...

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    • Scout Books

      Laura Whipple and Austin Whipple started Pinball Publishing in 2002. Looking for new products and to expand the business, Pinball Publishing introduced Scout Books in 2009. These pocket-sized books and notebooks are made out of 100% recycled papers and can be customized on both the inside and the outside. Around the same time of launching Scout Books Laura participated in Small Business Management program 2 and 3. "It is not a coincidence that we developed Scout Books, the most successful arm...

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    • Súpa!

      Jae was looking for a radical change from her life as a contractor, and Julie was searching for new career opportunities. It was a natural partnership for Jae the visionary and Julie the finance and operations guru to come together to open a soup and sandwich restaurant. From the time of concept to opening their doors, Jae and Julie took 18 months to do their homework from test marketing their product to clicker tracking foot traffic in different locations. On August 24, 2013 Julie and Jae...

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