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Otis Williams of  Otis Williams Limitless, Inc. will give the keynote address at the 2007 Minority Enterprise Development Week awards luncheon. He plans to talk about "Staying Motivated in Challenging Times."
Williams was adopted and raised in a low-income single parent home. His mother was his inspiration, he said.  "If she can do it, I can do it!"
Williams spent four and a half years in the U.S. Army serving as an airborne paratrooper and rose to the rank of  sergeant. After leaving the Army, Williams decided to go into banking. Despite having no ...



O'Neill Electric Inc. will be honored as Construction Contractor of the Year at the Minority Business Opportunity Committee's 2007 Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 3. at the Oregon Convention Center.
Maurice Rahming founded O'Neill Electric Inc. with Alida (Ali) O'Neill in 1998.
Starting out as an electrical apprentice during high school more than 12 years ago, Rahming progressed through working as a journeyman wireman ...



Majority of growth in America occurring in suburban cities

VANCOUVER, WASH. — Vancouver remains the fastest-growing large city in the state of Washington, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Seattle continued to grow at a healthy pace, and Spokane remained just ahead of Tacoma in their perpetual battle for the title of state's second largest city, according to estimates covering the period from 2000 to July 1, 2006..............



In the 10 years since he graduated from Grant High School, Nasir Najieb has earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, started a family and gone from barista to business owner.
It's the sort of career achievement that takes most people 20 years, but for Najieb, it's just the beginning.
"I want to continue to develop this show and, eventually, open another," Najieb says. "I'm a pretty confident person and it's never bothered me to take a chance."
Opening a coffee shop on a somewhat hidden corner off Prescott Street and 14th Avenue might be considered risky to some entrepreneurs.



MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced in early May that Dave Bozeman, 38, has been named Vice President and General Manager, Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations, located on Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa, Wis., and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
In his new role, Bozeman's responsibilities have expanded to include manufacturing process and product development innovation while continuing to oversee the production of transmissions and engines for Harley-Davidson Sportster and Buell motorcycle models.



It's not unusual for small-business owners to find themselves in a financial pinch once in awhile. There's an unexpected emergency or a temporary downturn in sales. Or there's a need to expand, and the bank won't approve a loan for the entire amount needed.

To bridge that funding gap, small-businessoperators will be able to turn to the Portland Development Commission for loans through a new program soon to be offered to businesses in Portland's low-income neighborhoods.



When Pat DiPrima first started to think about opening an Italian bakery and café, she asked everyone for advice. But among the best suggestions she received was to check out the Business Outreach Program at Portland State University.

"They helped me tremendously," said DiPrima, whose DiPrima Dolci Italian Bakery and Café is a neighborhood gathering spot at 1936 N. Killingsworth St. "They did everything from helping me gather data to apply for loans, to advising me on marketing and advertising plans and employee issues.



Breaking ground for the East Side Big Pipe project were, from left, Bill Mariucci, Kiewit-Bilfinger Berger Project Director; Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams; Paul Gribbon, Willamette River CSO Tunnel Program Manager; and Dean Marriott, Environmental Services Director

While the city begins to bore a 5.5-mile tunnel 120 feet under Portland's east side, minority contractors should be sharpening their pencils to compete for at least $26 million in construction contracts.



Ronald Langston

WASHINGTON—Black-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing segments of the American economy, according to a report by the Census Bureau.

The number of Black-owned businesses grew by 45 percent from 1997 to 2002, more than four times the national rate for all businesses, the report said.



From time to time, everybody can use a helping hand. Whether you're looking for work and need some assistance polishing your resume, or whether you're a business owner trying to get past those critical first few years, a helping hand at the right time can make all the difference.

Fortunately for workers and business owners in certain parts of North and Northeast Portland, just such a helping hand exists.


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