The PCC CLIMB Center is a proud sponsor of Portland Radio Project's Biz503 show - the new Portland-centric startup and small business talk show on PRP.fm.
There’s something to be said about standing the test of time.
We all know a mom-and-pop shop – maybe it’s the corner florist, or the bakery that’s been in business since you were a kid. Maybe you know the owners and their kids, or just appreciate the fact that while fancy new boutiques come and go, these places seem to remain. Especially in Portland, with it’s hot startup scene and plethora of entrepreneurs pushing for innovation and novelty.
Many of these business are small outfits, but together, they’re mighty. Mom-and-pop business are estimated to be fueled by more than 27 million people, together creating more than 70 percent of all new jobs in the U.S. Not to mention, these family-run outfits often outdo big brands by offering great customer service, community connection and high-quality products.
At the same time, business is business – and even the “mom-and-pop” buzzword doesn’t guarantee folks will stay profitable. So what do long-lasting multigenerational shops do right that keeps them in the black?
Tune in to PRP this Friday, March 25th between 1-2 p.m. for our Biz503 edition on Mom-and-Pop Businesses. We’ll ask community business owners what they’ve done to thrive over the years, stay in touch with their neighbors and how the next generation is stepping up to take the reins. Mark Grimes of NedSpace and Portland Radio Project‘s Rebecca Webb co-host, and share the wisdom of mom-and-pop stores.
On our panel:
- Steve Stanich, Owner (2nd generation), classic burger joint on N.E Fremont: Stanich’s
- John Helmer III, Owner (3rd generation), stalwart and stylish John Helmer Haberdasher
- Suzanne Stevens, Editor, Portland Business Journal, keen observer of the Portland business scene
- Sarah Shaoul, Owner, Black Wagon Boutique, consultant to Portland’s Small Business Advisory Council