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Business Profile: Courtney Freed - Freed Entertainment

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 30, 2018

Courtney Freed runs a production company in the Portland area and is a graduate of the PCC SBDC Solo Business Builders program. She is launching a production company that helps solo performers take their show on the road. Her current project is a one-woman show called Mercury Rising.

What is Mercury Rising? It’s a Freddie Mercury jazz tribute show and it celebrates his music. It’s a 1930s cabaret event, and it's super fun! We're doing a tour in the fall of 2018, going to Chicago in October and hopefully Los Angeles in the winter and we'll hopefully do another run of it here in Portland.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Solopreneurship

Business Profile: Coffee Time

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 29, 2018

There is little that is more "iconic Portland" than owning a coffee shop, but even with all of the competition, Susan Thomas is operating a successful business . . . with a little help from her friends at the PCC SBDC. 

Business description: Coffee Shop
Business start-date:
1994 (Susan purchased the business in May 2014)

What inspired you to start your business?  I’ve always enjoyed working hard and seeing a business grow and evolve. At the time I bought Coffee Time I had been managing for Starbucks and realized that as much as I enjoyed working for a great company, I would rather be putting that energy into building my own business. Coffee Time was only 2 blocks from my house and it was a shop that I had frequented for 2-3 years. I began dreaming of ways to keep its unique vibe but re-build it into something that could sustain Portland’s changing customer base. With the help of a great staff and business partner, we have been able to do that.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Coffee

Business Profile: Float North

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 23, 2018

After 3 years of planning and preparing, Capital Access Team (CAT Team) client Float North can say, "we did it!"

Float North registered as an LLC in 2015, but it took 3 years to get funding, find a location, design the interior, complete the build out, and install float tanks. On July 21st2018 they opened their doors to the public for the first time. Owner, Dana Highfil, says that couldn't have done it without help from the Small Business Development Center's Capital Access Team. Here is their story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Bee and Bloom (Making Portland Safe for Pollinators)

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 22, 2018

Taking a holistic approach to improving pollinator health, Emily Parker, Rebekah Golden and Emma Egstad promote sustainable, bee-centric beekeeping and native bee awareness in the Portland area.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Garnish Apparel

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2018

Garnish apparel is the brain child of chief designer and store owner Erica Lurie. They are located in the Pearl District of NW Portland, OR and feature "designed in house, made in Portland" fashion apparel for women. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Red Castle Games

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 27, 2017

Matthew Micetic opened his new storefront in FoPo JUST IN TIME for the 2017 holiday gift giving season. Matthew is a graduate of PCC's Small Business Development Center Retail Small Business Management Class. Matthew shares his story below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Chocolates by Bernard

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 16, 2017

La Quita Corbet Martin found success in her business Chocolates by Bernard Lake Oswego with the help of PCC's Small Business Development Center. Here is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: The Green Schoolhouse

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 31, 2017

Lauren Rosenstein is the owner of The Green Schoolhouse. Lauren tells her story of working with the PCC Small Business Development Center below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Carmen Farmer Coaching

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 27, 2017


The PCC Small Business Development Center is proud of the great work all of their clients are accomplishing in their businesses. Our Business Profile feature series highlights businesses at all stages of development and success. 

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Timewise PDX

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 20, 2017

Tamara Sanderson Dissanayake, MD found success in her business Timewise PDX with the help of PCC's Small Business Development Center. Tamara shares her story below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

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