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MIssion


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MIssion


An online platform founded in Portland, Oregon to highlight entrepreneurs of color in the City of Roses through storytelling and a comprehensive directory. The Collective features videos and interviews with entrepreneurs documenting their experience, resiliency and stories, presenting a collective narrative on business ownership at this moment in time in Portland. 

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About Us


About Us


PROSPER PORTLAND

TORY CAMPBELL | Project Lead | Tory, as a business owner himself and Senior Business Development Coordinator at Prosper Portland, saw the need for a network of entrepreneurs of color and a focus on their achievements that could tell a deeper story about running a business in Portland. 

JOHN CÁRDENAS | Video Storytelling | Public Affairs Coordinator & Videographer @Prosper Portland 

ANNE MANGAN | Written content| Senior Communications Coordinator @Prosper Portland 

LISA NORWOOD | Website design | Digital Media Coordinator @Prosper Portland

DESIGN + CULTURE LAB

JOY DAVIS | Outreach and Business Community Engagement Lead | Joy is the Founding and Managing Partner at Design + Culture Lab. Joy and her team came on board in fall 2015. 

MEGAN BURNS | Outreach | Associate Account Fellow @Design+Culture Lab

ROB LEWIS | Outreach | Art Director @Design+Culture Lab

NOMIN LYONS | Outreach | Associate Design Researcher @Design+Culture Lab

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS

INTISAR ABIOTOPhotographic Storytelling | Intisar is an adventurer, dancer, photographer and writer. She came on board in January 2016. 

KIM OANH NGUYEN | Photographic Storytelling | Kim is an award-winning photojournalist, and corporate culture and headshot photographer based in Portland. She came on board in May 2016. 

DIEGO DIAZ | Photographic Storytelling | Diego is a regular contributor to local press such as the Portland Tribune and as a photo editor at ProstAmerika. He came on board in December 2016.

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Vision


Vision


Our vision is to Elevate the unique and universal narratives of entrepreneurs of color in the City of Roses and Connect the city and region with local talents, businesses, services and products that come from the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city.

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Goals


Goals


Elevate

Our deepest hope is that these stories will inspire and inform the readers, taking them on a singular, illuminating journey of an entrepreneur of color in the City of Roses. 

By creating a storytelling platform, we are celebrating the determination, work and resiliency that go into running a business. We wish to make it easy and accessible to explore the narratives of these unique and universal experiences and elevate these narratives to a broader audience. 

Connect

Community is the backbone of a good business environment. Understanding and knowing each other is a key ingredient in a successful community. Hence, our aim is to connect the city and a wider market with local enclaves of talent, businesses and goods from the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city.

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Why?


Why?


We all crave variety, but when we speak of a thriving inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem what do we see?

Too often such matters are considered and presented in a cultural vacuum or reduced to tokenism & outliers. Most of the time when we hear about vibrant bootstrapping entrepreneurs in Portland, Oregon it’s the dominant culture sharing their stories and aspirations in isolation of the “other.” Rarely do we see the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city sharing their anthems, struggles, and best practices together. More than ever, that is what our city (and our nation) requires to remain competitive and reflect the shifting demographics of a new & emerging tapestry of entrepreneurs.