Growing Small Businesses Globally: Meet Augusto Carneiro

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Growing Small Businesses Globally: Meet Augusto Carneiro

Brazilian entrepreneur Augusto Carneiro moved to the U.S. to complete his education at the University of Portland. He stayed to grow a coffee empire. 

“By the early 2000s, more and more customers were curious about where coffee comes from,” he said. “I was like, ‘We have this direct source through our family’s farm. It could work.’”

In 2004, Carneiro and a friend each put $400 into a bank account. They paid $50 to register the business, spent $400 on raw coffee beans and $300 on air freight to deliver those beans to Portland. Nossa Familia Coffee (Our Family Coffee in English) was born.

Read more here.

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Latino Leadership Program - Accepting Applications

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Latino Leadership Program - Accepting Applications

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Latino Leadership Program through July 15th, 2018.  Entering its 13th year, this highly-regarded program builds the capacity and networks of existing and emerging Latino leaders dedicated to improving economic and social well-being in the Latino community.

The Chamber’s Latino Leadership Program is designed to:\

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Enhance understanding of economic and community vitality issues.
  • Expand network of leaders and resources in the Latino and wider community.
  • Increase the number of Latino leaders in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Each year approximately 20 individuals are selected to participate in the Chamber’s 12-month Latino Leadership Program. Participants attend a monthly full-day session that includes workshop style engagement and interaction with leading organizations in the region. The program includes project-based learning to integrate content and build skills. Participants also receive exposure to a range of boards and commissions in order to facilitate placement into community leadership positions.

Apply Here.

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Eco-Capital Connections

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Eco-Capital Connections

Is your Pacific Northwest-based cleantech business ready to connect with investors and strategic partners? Apply by June 30th to be considered for an invitation-only matchmaking event with the most active cleantech investors from the Pacific Northwest, Silicon Valley, and global corporations.

Over the last four years, Prosper Portland, partnering with Oregon BEST, has hosted a special event that connects active investors with a regional portfolio of innovators.

This year, the Eco-Capital Connections event will be held in collaboration with Oregon BEST and be co-located at their annual which will be held in Portland, September 26, 2018.  Matches are made based on alignment between investors' interests and the 50+ companies who are selected to participate. 

Investors and partners who have participated in past years include: Dow Chemical Company Ventures and Business Development, E.ON Strategic Co-Investments (SCI), Obvious Ventures, Oregon Angel Fund, Portland Seed Fund, Phoenix Venture Partners, Solvay, and Wells Fargo Venture Capital.

If you are a cleantech business ready for new possibilities, you won't want to miss this remarkable networking opportunity.

Apply Now

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Expanding Horizons

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Expanding Horizons

Ready to expand your customer base and get your products and services to new markets?

Join us on April 26th from 9 am to 11 am at the Hillsboro Library for a presentation and roundtable conversation.  Registered attendees will be given a Growing Small Business Globally export advising passport to set them on the path to a self-guided series of training, consulting and advising sessions that prepares entrepreneurs for exporting. 

Register at: https://mailchi.mp/ab65eb96758f/register-now-get-products-to-new-markets-expand-your-customer-base 

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Opportunity Youth Job Fair

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Opportunity Youth Job Fair

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In the Greater Portland region and nationally, unemployment rates are at or near record lows. However, in this region, nearly 16% of 16 to 24 year olds are out of school and out of work according to Worksystems.  

The Opportunity Youth Job Fair on Friday, April 13 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center is part of a national initiative with a goal of putting 100,000 youth to work across the country. Details for business registration at www.gatewaytocollege.org/RegJobFair.

If you have registration or sponsorship questions contact Glenn Fee at gfee@gatewaytocollege.org.  Job-related questions can be emailed to Sabrina Van Artsdalen at svanartsdalen@worksystems.org.

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Challenge Accepted!

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Challenge Accepted!

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As of today, 13 organizations have signed up to participate in the Greater Portland Tech Challenge.  There's still an opportunity for problem-solving tech firms to sign up. See more details in an article published by the Business Tribune.

Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon are collaborating to produce the region’s first mobility tech challenge. The inaugural Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs technology firms with transit agencies, governments, community organizations, transportation companies and engineering/professional services firms to explore technology solutions to the region’s mobility and transportation challenges.

Through this year’s mobility focused tech challenge we will explore some of the most interesting and confounding problems facing this region.  Thanks to PGE and Daimler for supporting this program. For tech challenge details and the "rules of the road" visit http://www.greaterportland2020.com/techchallenge.

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