Topics Under Tag: "Oregon"

A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Amy Cortese | May 1, 2018

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

Jolene's First Cousin crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, Guerrilla-Style. Lessons From Jolene’s First Cousin.

Dara Westling | March 29, 2018

When Guerrilla Development opened up crowdfunding for its latest project, a two-building mixed-use development called Jolene’s First Cousin, the team figured there would be strong demand. An earlier project, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell (they have a penchant for quirky names to go along with their iconoclastic buildings), raised $1.5 million from 121 investors in eight months, […]

How We Did It: Red Wagon Creamery

Erin Pidot | April 6, 2016

When Emily and Stuart Phillips were looking to start a business in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon, ice cream was a natural choice. Emily, a former chef, had grown up making ice cream with her family in North Carolina, selling it door to door in a little red wagon. Stuart, a gregarious man who describes […]

How The JOBS Act Gets it Wrong—And DPOs Get it Right

John Katovich | March 18, 2016

The last few years have been exciting ones, as new crowdfunding laws at the state and federal level have been passed that allow people to easily invest in small, growing companies—the kind of investments that, since the Securities Act of 1933, have been the exclusive purview of accredited, or wealthy, investors. In many ways, it […]

A Social Enterprise Magnifies The Power of Local Businesses

Amy Cortese | November 4, 2015

When a shopping center was built on the outskirts of the Northwestern small town where Katrina and Michael Scotto di Carlo lived, the couple watched as one shop after another on Main Street closed.  They both had occupations—Michael as a professor and Katrina as an artist—but they were haunted by the closings. After doing some […]

Arts-Based Placemaking is Revitalizing Communities. Could it Help Yours?

Project for Public Spaces | August 28, 2015

Arts-based Placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement. The benefits of using arts and culture to tap into a place’s unique character extend well beyond the art world. Across sectors and at all levels, leaders and policymakers […]

A Grassroots Economic Development Program Encourages Startups in Rural Oregon

Arlene Soto | July 13, 2015

Nestled on the Southern Oregon coast, where the Coos River enters the Pacific, the rural communities of Coos Bay and North Bend are known locally as “the Bay Area.”  In contrast to the more famous Bay Area a few hundred miles to the south, Coos Bay is not a hotbed of tech startups and Mark […]

Crowdfunding, Oregon Style.

Bruce Melzer | April 13, 2015

On Jan. 22, nine entrepreneurs stepped onto a small stage at a launch party in Portland and into Oregon—and crowdfunding—history. There was an artisan ice cream company, a maker of all-terrain farm vehicles, a healthcare startup and, this being Portland, a taproom-cum-barbershop. The nine men and women were the first entrepreneurs to raise capital under […]