family biz

Creating Opportunities: Coast Inc. Looks to the Future

Spring 2009 - Coast Inc., headquartered in Northeast Portland, provides commercial building maintenance, uniformed security services, and government contracting. Founded over 50 years ago, the family-owned firm specializes in building maintenance for office buildings in downtown Portland, provides security services for commercial and industrial clients; as well as facility maintenance at government installations in California, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.

Under the leadership of President and owner Bernadette Artharee and her son Hasan, Coast remains an important part of Oregon's history as one of the state's oldest minority-owned firms, a strong member of the business community, and a symbol of success for Portland.

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Q&A with Angela Ichwan, co-founder, Arico Natural Foods

Summer 2008 - My husband are both immigrants from Indonesia, and we have always been entrepreneurial spirits.We always wanted to own our own company, to create products that not only taste good, but are also nutritious.

For me, healthy products don’t have to taste bad. I want to change that perception and convince people that they can live healthily and eat well through great-tasting products.

Arico products are always gluten free and dairy free. We strive to always create healthy products that taste great. We are also closely involved in the Celiac and Autism communities through our grassroots effort.

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Quintana Galleries: Specializing in Native American Works of Art

Summer 2008 - How does Quintana Galleries set itself apart from other indigenous art shops? One of the main things is that we are from the culture that we represent. We come from an indigenous heritage, and that’s why we have such great working relationships with our artists.

As part of the new generation coming into the business, it’s really important to me to foster the growth of young artists and promote their work. We’re adding the work of many emerging artists to the gallery. We deal in a huge range of works: from antiquities, to Northwest and Arctic arts, to Southwest works.

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Milagros Boutique Promotes Natural Products, Parenting Choices

Spring 2008 - Milagros Boutique, owned and operated by Tony and Jennifer Fuentes, provides natural, fairly-made, and recycled products for families. The store, located in 5433 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, carries a wide range of high quality, ethically-made natural products for families and affordable, recycled items.

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Weekly ¡Noticias Latinas! takes Latin Media NW to greater heights

Winter 2008 - “Our mission is to inform the community and provide local news. People who are coming in to the area and maybe new to the country need help with ( U.S.) culture, how things work,” says Carmen Lu, publisher. read more



Kendrix Enterprises Enhances Event Consulting and Management Services

Winter 2007 - Under the umbrella company Kendrix Enterprises, Kathy and husband William operate The Empowerment Group and Nia Water Sales and Service. Kathy runs The Empowerment Group, a full-service event management and consulting firm that offers a speaker’s bureau, meeting planning and consulting, publicity and media relations. read more

Eye on Innovation: NSI Leads the Pack with Focus on Excellent Service

Fall 2006 - Sonal Shah, president of Northwest Software, Inc. (NSI), is accustomed to the limelight. Since establishing her own high-tech consultancy and software development business in 1988, NSI has received numerous accolades. From making the Portland Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies list to recognition by the U.S. Small Business Association and the Northwest Minority Business Council – Shah has led the company to double-digit revenue growth over the years. read more

Cascade Centers Employee Assistance Program Adds Value

Fall 2006 - Cascade Centers Inc., a local family-owned business, is at the forefront in offering Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), working with public agencies and privately held firms across the state and throughout the more

Designing a Partnership: Reyna-Moore Advertising Creates Memorable Brands

Summer 2006 - For more than 30 years, Humberto Reyna and Verni Moore have been the design team behind some of the most prominent and easily recognizable brands in the region. Sharing the responsibility of being creative directors for the full-service design firm Reyna-Moore Advertising, the team designed brand marks for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, just to name a few. The Reyna-Moore team also designed one of the most enduring and recognizable landmarks in Portland: the Portland sign and marquee that adorn The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. read more

Promoting Culture, Fostering Community: The Asian Reporter Celebrates 15 Years

Summer 2006 - With its goal of bridging the gap between Asian and American cultures, The Asian Reporter weekly newspaper is an influential component of the Asian-American diaspora in the Pacific Northwest. Celebrating its 15th year of publication, the newspaper is an important catalyst in fostering understanding among the continuously evolving Pacific Northwest communities that share an Asian heritage. Jaime J. Lim, publisher, heads the family enterprise that produces the weekly newspaper. read more

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