Mark Williams, Business Operations Manager,
The Oregon Zoo

Winter 2011 - "I consider myself a very creative person. I’ve always wanted to be in a position where I have the authority and power to implement fun and creative ideas, to get them going to see if they’d even work.

In this job, fresh ideas are encouraged and cultivated. We’re lucky to have very bright and knowledgeable folks who come up with great ideas. We examine new ways of doing things, do the research to determine if the plan is feasible, and then implement them. It’s an exciting process." more

Abel Navarette on Corporate Social Responsibility at Columbia Sportswear

Spring 2010 - "Our approach focuses on continuous improvement and being really transparent with what we do. We’re not perfect, and we realize that we can’t fix everything overnight. We’re always working on improving our operations. Our main challenge is being able to balance the economic demands of being a strong competitor with our social and environmental impact." more

Conversation with S. Renee Mitchell: Speaker, Writer, Performer, Community Leader

Winter 2009 - "When I perform my one-woman show “Tangoing with Tornadoes,” the goal is to reach women through theater and music. I think it gives people a chance for people to explore the issues without the sense of being lectured.

My goal has always been to find creative means to give people options. But first, it’s important to catch their attention. So many women feel isolated and alone, and they don’t believe anyone will understand." more

Renee, left, pictured with actor Alfre Woodard

Luna Jimenez Seminars Focuses on Eradicating Institutional Oppression

Fall 2008 - "In communities of color, we do not know each other’s stories and this lack of accurate information effects the ways we work together, in a unified and coordinated effort, to create healthy and just communities.

LJS addresses the systemic root causes and effects of in-fighting, sabotage, and difficulty backing each other’s leadership within communities of color. Without these opportunities to learn about each other we are vulnerable to confusions and can be pitted against each other." more

Mosaic Blueprint Specializes in Diversity Recruitment

Fall 2008 - "Mosaic Blueprint has several competencies; chief among them is cultural inclusion. I want to work with companies that are looking to be inclusive of executives and professionals of color.

More importantly, I want those companies to be an inclusive organization where our Mosaic candidates can thrive. I tell my clients not to conduct a major diversity recruiting effort if their house isn’t in order" read more

Ryan Christensen Makes His Mark with SameUnderneath

Fall 2008 - "In college, I wanted to develop a teaching curriculum that melded both history and social studies for the public school system, to give children and young adults from diverse backgrounds to learn about each other in a positive way. I was told that the approach is a little too progressive.

"To take the SameUnderneath curriculum out to young adults, I looked to pop culture. One of the best vehicles of pop culture is clothing. Each and every one of us chooses to wear brands and labels to reflect who we are." more

Q&A with Jonath Colόn, SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Summer 2008 - My primary charge at the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is to help people navigate systems in place for small business owners. People may see these systems as obstacles, others may see them as opportunities.

What I enjoy most about my work is being around this energy, this desire that people have to reinvent themselves. The people I encounter are always working toward achieving more than what is expected of them. They take control of their destiny, and their future. more

Vigil-Agrimis Inc. Garners Minority Small Business of the Year Award from Small Business Administration

Spring 2008- President Ken M. Vigil, P.E., and Paul Agrimis, won the 2007 Small Business Administration Minority Business Award.

Some of Vigil-Agrimis' recent projects include restoring a half-mile section of Johnson Creek at Tideman Johnson Park; completing a new culvert and stream restoration project on Wolfe Creek near Tillamook; and designing habitat improvements at the confluence of Stephens Creek with the Willamette River. read more

In Her Own Words: Dory Osilla Lim on the Business of Caring

Spring 2008 - Dory Osilla Lim, entrepreneur and civic leader, is a self-made woman. Starting a nursing career in the East Coast during the 1970s was no easy feat for a young immigrant woman. With her self-determination and a strong work ethic, Dory overcame many challenges, and went on to lead a successful career in the health care field. read more

Dave Thayer Talks About Success as an Entrepreneur

Spring 2008 - Dave Thayer is owner of Dave Thayer Optical in Hillsboro. He is a board member of the Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce and active in the local Native American community. In his own words, he talks about his path to success and personal commitment to giving back to the community. read more


Q&A with Faye M. Burch, founder and owner, F.M. Burch & Associates

Summer 2007 - "Talking with fellow contractors about three years ago, we felt that we needed a vehicle to talk about some of the issues of minority contractors in the state. Our objective was to look at the issues and to come together and talk about how they can be addressed. We’re trying to make progress in that area. " read more

Green Market Solutions champions environmental stewardship

Summer 2007 - “I’m a social worker at heart,” says Neville Mercado, President of GreenMarket Solutions, a Beaverton-based firm that specializes in cost effective, green and sustainable products and services for a wide array of agricultural development and construction projects. read more




Business Partnership Yields Success for Furniture Dealership

Spring 2007 - As co-founders of GEO & JEM, Inc. and Indian Country Interior Solutions, Janie Millican and Georgia O'Mary have taken their years of experience working in the furniture sales industry to establish joint-venture companies. GEO & JEM, Inc. is a full-spectrum contract furniture dealership, specializing in providing services for corporate offices, hotels and casinos read more

Tri-Star Search and Staffing Makes its Mark

Spring 2007 - Tri-Star, a temporary, contract and permanent placement staffing service owned by Rudi Bellinazzo, CEO and President, specializes in information technology, finance and accounting, engineering and general administrative positions. Founded in 2002, Tri-Star had five employees at the end of 2005. By the end of 2006, the company has grown to 15 employees, with increase in gross sales of more than 150 percent. read more



All Native Creations Focus on Celebrating Culture, Wellness

Winter 2007 - Through All Native Creations, Brown leads the artist co-op and educates patrons though art and cultural workshops. Her training as a Certified Prevention Specialist has influenced her emphasis on the role of art and cultural education in mental and emotional wellness. read more

Roy Jay Elected Chairman of National Meeting Planners Organization

Winter 2007 - The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners is primarily dedicated to the training needs of African American association executives, meeting planners and hospitality professionals. The organization is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and conventions they manage. read more



The Bridal Loft: Women Business Owners Band Together to Create Unique,
Hassle-Free Wedding Planning Experience

Fall 2006 - By forging partnerships with other entrepreneurs that offer complementary services, a group of seven women has positioned The Bridal Loft into one of the most well-known bridal service providers in the region. read more

Determination and Integrity are Key Drivers of Tech Entrepreneur's Success

Fall 2006 - Since its launch, EAI Information Systems has grown its client base to include a multitude of financial institutions nationwide. The company supports banks with assets ranging from $1 billion to $1 trillion, including some of the nation’s leading retail banks, broker-dealers, investment firms and insurance companies. read more



Lean and Profitable: CooperZietz Engineers Excels in Niche Market

Fall 2006 - Fred Cooper, who has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and business owner, is one of the first Native American engineers in the region to start his own consulting firm. read more


Mark Yee Named Chief Lending Officer at Albina Bank

Fall 2006 - "Albina’s mission of commercial revitalization, building small businesses, and creating jobs in our local neighborhoods sets it apart, and I’m excited at the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and passion for our local community to support this mission." read more

Rich Baek wins Small Business Person of the Year Award

Summer 2006 - VTM Inc.'s President and Chief Consultant Rich Baek is the winner of the 2006 Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year award for the state of Oregon. read more

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