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A MERCATUS MINI MAG

VOLUME 1

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WELCOME TO

MY PEOPLE’S MARKET MERCATUS MINI MAG #1

Mercatus, Prosper Portland, Travel Portland, and Partners in Diversity are honored to present My People’s Market—a showcase of business owners of color who are proud to call Portland home. This collaborative event advances opportunities for entrepreneurs of color by connecting them with the travel industry and other professionals who can help to expand and scale their businesses. My People’s Market is one of a series of connection opportunities for Prosper Portland’s Mercatus platform and the Inclusive Business Resource Network. Prosper Portland focuses on building an equitable economy, based on four cornerstones: growing family-wage jobs, advancing opportunities for prosperity, collaborating with partners for an equitable city, and creating vibrant neighborhoods and communities. To support that work, we’re committed to being an equitable, innovative, financially sustainable agency. Prosper Portland invests financial and human capital to serve the city and its residents. Mercatus is a storytelling platform and directory initiative designed to elevate and connect entrepreneurs of color. Rather than looking from the outside in, the Mercatus team seeks to amplify the stories of entrepreneurs of color with internal authenticity. Accordingly, our storytelling team is composed of local creatives of color who are already working in the community. With nearly 100 local, multicultural vendors at our inaugural event, this mini magazine recognizes participating community members and shares their remarkable work. “Most of the time when we hear about vibrant bootstrapping entrepreneurs in Portland, it’s the dominant culture sharing their stories and aspirations,” explains Tory Campbell, entrepreneurship and community economic development manager at Prosper Portland. “Rarely do we see the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city sharing

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A NOTE FROM TRAVEL PORTLAND Travel is more than just a pastime; it is a vital and growing part of our nation’s economy. At Travel Portland, we intentionally reach out within our industry and outside to develop programs, partnerships, and campaigns that highlight initiatives promoting the best of our destination through a fair and inclusionary lens and that ultimately deliver a quality visitor experience. All visitors are welcome here.

TOGETHER WE REPRESENT A POWERFUL COMMUNITY AND NETWORK OF SUPPORT FOR OUR CITY’S EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERS. their struggles and best practices. Mercatus is designed to connect this professional community and their talents, goods, and services with wider markets and—at the same time—celebrate the determination, work, and resiliency that go into running a business.” My People’s Market is about entrepreneurs and our collective power to shift and disrupt narratives of the mainstream business landscape. Our deepest hope is that these stories will inspire and inform readers by taking them on a singular, illuminating journey. Together we represent a powerful community and network of support for our city’s emerging and established entrepreneurial leaders.

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ABBEY CREEK VINEYARD “I DIDN’T WANT TO BE ANYBODY’S PIONEER. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE WINE.” –Bertony Faustin

Bertony Faustin got his grit from his father. “My dad escaped from Haiti in the late ’60s,” he says. “That whole idea of just doing you, owning who you are, and being happy in your own skin… All [he] did was get his grind on. [He] wasn’t worried about anybody else.” After his father passed in 2007, Faustin began to rethink his lifestyle. “Death always make you stop and reassess life [and] happiness,” Faustin says. So, when the opportunity to capitalize on seven acres of unused land from his in-laws arose, he took it. By 2008, Faustin was doing his own thing as a “wine farmer”—or, as he’s better known, as Oregon’s first Black winemaker.

embrace the title or admit he’s passionate about the opportunities wine provides rather than the beverage itself. He also doesn’t shy away from noting the historical factors that prevent people of color from participating in the wine industry. Unabashed authenticity is what guides the vibrancy of the Abbey Creek brand. And the North Plains tasting room embodies this. You can only purchase Abbey Creek wines in person or online. Luckily, a trip to the tasting room is well worth the short trek. With a unique, casual flavor, the space blasts hip-hop and pairs wines with hot sauce and plantain chips. Amongst the local artwork, flyers for Faustin’s forthcoming documentary, Red, White, and Black: An Oregon Wine Story, are displayed. Faustin isn’t the typical winemaker—there’s no pedigree, or generational legacy behind Abbey Creek—and that’s

exactly his style. “It’s still very surreal and humbling to know that what you do day in and day out inspires and empowers others to not just make wine, but to do any damn thing.” ABBEY CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY Bertony Faustin Established 2008 www.abbeycreekvineyard.com bertony@abbeycreekvineyard. com (503) 389-0619 31441 NW Commercial St. North Plains, OR 97133

“I didn’t want to be anybody’s pioneer,” Faustin says. “I just wanted to make wine.” Nearly a decade later, he isn’t afraid to

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AMAREE & REESE JEWELRY

of sheet metal one evening, Regory began cutting and assembling her new designs. She was hooked.

“I WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING FOR MYSELF WHERE I COULD MAKE AN INCOME AND HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME [AND] FREEDOM.” —Risa Regory

The year Risa Regory became a yia-yia (a Greek term for “grandmother”), she also became a full-time jewelry designer. For Regory, 2009 was a year of new beginnings. Although she had experimented with jewelry making for a couple years, it was still a just a hobby that also supplemented her day job. The birth of her granddaughter, Amaree, however, inspired Regory to make a change. With an established customer base, Regory rebranded her jewelry line as Amaree & Reese in 2011 and began showcasing minimalist metal designs. “When [Amaree] was born, I thought, ‘Man, I’m at work five days a week, eight hours a day. The only time I get to see her is on the weekend,’” explains Regory. “I wanted to create something for myself where I could make an income and have a little bit of time [and] freedom.”

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After she tried hosting home parties for a jewelry company and decided she disliked the format, Regory says her husband was the first to push her to consider designing a line of her own. Once she overcame her hesitation, Regory spent hours carefully studying YouTube videos. Armed with a pair of ordinary craft scissors and a fresh piece

The Portland native says loyal customers, weekly street fairs, local boutiques, and the countless jewelry designers who have shared techniques of their own all helped in shaping Amaree & Reese today. Even with the impressive growth of her business, Regory wants to keep her operation small to ensure each piece is creatively handled and cared for by her. “I want to say, ‘I want a big storefront and I want 20 employees…’ But I really don’t. I think what’s next… [is learning] how to be a highly skilled metalsmith.”

AMAREE & REESE JEWELRY Risa Regory Established 2013 www.amareeandreese.com amareeandreese@yahoo.com (503) 201-0478 PO Box 31009 Portland, OR 97203

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PORTLAND’S POC ENTREPRENEURS

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APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

FOOD & BEVERAGE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

HEALTH & WELLNESS

2 DYE 4 CLOTHING

AMAZING GLASS

BODY BY «ME», LLC

DB DESSERT COMPANY LLC

Erykah Horsley - Established 2015 www.2dye4clothing.com customdenim@2dye4clothing.com

E.D. Mondainé - Established 2017

LaToya Anderson - Established 2013 www.bodybyme.biz - latoya@bodybyme.biz (503) 255-1159 13838 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97230

Damala Badon - Established 2017 www.dbdessertcompany.com dbdessertcompany@gmail.com

ABBEY CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY

AMERICA’S HUB WORLD TOURS

D.B.G. RAZOR COMPANY

Bertony Faustin - Established 2008 31441 NW Commercial St. North Plains, OR 97133 abbeycreekvineyard.com - bertony@abbeycreekvineyard.com (503) 389-0619

David Penilton - Established 2007 americashubworldtours.com - info@hubworldtravel.com (503) 896-2464 1706 NW 24th Ave.Portland, OR 97210

BROWN SUGAR COOKIE COMPANY & CATERING Sakile Mitchell - Established 2017 www.facebook.com/brownsugarcookiecompany brownsugargccc@gmail.com - (503) 908-3586

AFROCENTRIC ESSENTIALS

ARUBAH JUICE

CHAMPIONS BARBERING INSTITUTE, INC.

DEVOTIONAL CARE STAFFING AGENCY LLC

Tomara Carter - Established 2014 afrocentricessentials.com afrocentricscents@gmail.com (971) 533-9524

Anthony Devine - Established 2015 arubahjuice.com arubahjuice@gmail.com (503) 602-6141

Jamaal & Christina Lane - Established 2016 www.cbi.life - clane@cbi.life - (503) 477-5616 424 NE Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97211

Kevina Kemp - Established 2016 www.devotionalcarestaffingagency.com devotionalcarestaffing@gmail.com (866) 429-8880

ALD PHOTOGRAPHY

ASHE WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE

CLOCKN AUTO & TRUCK REPAIR

DON FELIPE PRODUCTS, LLC

Ankur Dholakia - Established 2014 aldphotography.com ankur@aldphotography.com (562) 650-4393

Bonnie Bright - Established 2016 ashelifestyle.com bonnie@bonnieko.com (541) 801-7065

Willis Pritchett - Established 2012 clockn@comcast.net (503) 995-3472

Salud Gonzalez - Established 2012 www.donfelipeproducts.com angie@donfelipeproducts.com (503) 348-7177

ALLEAMIN PRODUCTS

AVISA MULTICULTURAL MARKETING, LLC

COSMIC LIFE

DONNA’S MACARONS

Khadro Abdi - Established 2012 somaliansauce.com - alleamin2012@gmail.com (503) 484-7053 18901 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97233

Natasha Nolstein - Established 2014 www.avisam.com natasha@avisamarketing.com (503) 984-4194

Naike Swai & Alejandra Alexander - Established 2016 www.cosmiclifeapp.com info@cosmiclifeapp.com (808) 398-3339

Donna Truong - Established 2017 www.donnasmacarons.com donnasmacarons@gmail.com (503) 757-1580

AMAREE & REESE JEWELRY

BLACK STAR GRILL

CRIMSON & KALE CATERING COMPANY

ECOBOTS LLC

Risa Regory - Established 2013 - (503) 201-0478 amareeandreese.com amareeandreese@yahoo.com PO Box 31009 Portland, OR 97203

Enoch Aggrey - Established 2016 facebook.com/blackstargrill - blackstargrill@gmail.com (503) 930-8963 1967 SW 4th Ave. Portland OR 97201

Patrice Richards - Established 2011 www.facebook.com/Crimson-Kale-Catering-Company-797960826905409/ crimsonandkalecatering@gmail.com (773) 799-4355

Jessica Chan - Established 2017 www.ecobotsworld.com jess@ecobotsworld.com (971) 413-4401

amazingglass503@gmail.com (503) 422-6343

MinNefer «Mjayi» Mernahkem - Established 2016 www.dgbrazors.com dbgrazors@gmail.com (317) 417-0821

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ECOBOTS “I KNEW THEN THAT I HAD SOMETHING MUCH MORE THAN JUST A CUTE PRODUCT. THERE WAS OPPORTUNITY FOR STORY.” —Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan’s entrepreneurial journey began when she created Winkpens in 2015 as a sustainable, alternative writing instrument. After the first iteration of Winkpens sold out and then fizzled out, Chan explored other passion projects. Inspired by the current market for planters and the succulent trend, Chan discovered a way to combine each with her love of robots. Thus, EcoBots was born. EcoBots are sleek planters designed to look like amiable robots. Each planter is created using a 3D printer and comprised of PLA—a biodegradable plastic made from renewable resources like sugarcane and corn starch. A small, wiry Ionantha air plant comes with each EcoBot and, when nestled into the planter, doubles as robot hair!

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The first time she introduced them at a pop-up shop, her inventory was wiped clean. “I knew then that I had something much more than just a cute product,” she says. Chan wanted EcoBots’ impact to reach beyond that of a consumer good. “There was opportunity for story. Over time, and the more I sat with the concept, it rapidly started coming together. The mission was born.” EcoBots’ mission includes an integral partnership with the nonprofit, One Tree Planted. For every adorable robot purchased, a tree is planted to help aid reforestation efforts around the world. EcoBots were brought to Earth, Chan says, to encourage humans to practice living more sustainably every single day.

Although EcoBots is thriving, Chan’s story exemplifies the push and pull of entrepreneurship. Winkpens were discontinued because Chan says anything that could have went wrong did. Instead of giving up, however, the loyalty of her customers moved Chan to persevere. Now she’s gained a new skill set, deep sense of community, and found what she loves. EcoBots is primarily built on giving back—and that’s what matters most.

ECOBOTS LLC Jessica Chan Established 2017 www.ecobotsworld.com jess@ecobotsworld.com (971) 413-4401

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ESSANCE SKINCARE “I STARTED OUT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SELLING ONE BOTTLE… TO THIS POINT, I STILL GET THE SAME EXCITEMENT.” —Jasmine Tran When a scraped-up cyclist approached Jasmine Tran at a farmers market booth, dragon blood serum is what she recommended. Derived from tree sap and blended with a variety of omega fatty acids and rosehip, the dark resin is perfect for rejuvenation. It’s also one of many products from Tran’s holistic brand, Essance Skincare, that pays homage to Mother Nature’s ability to heal. Born and raised in Vietnam, Tran founded the Portland-based company in 2011. “I had zero experience in running a business,” she says. But she was determined and taught herself everything. It’s been a struggle to compete with larger companies and their budgets, she admits, but Essance Skincare has continued to grow.

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Her brand’s naturally restorative, quality ingredients caught the attention of New Season’s Market in 2015 and they began carrying the product line straightaway. Every item is made with intention and care, Tran says. “I process my product [by] brewing rooibos tea and chaga mushrooms because those specific ingredients are beneficial for the skin [and] have high antioxidants.” In her cozy lab, aromatic oils and lavender fill the air. It’s here that Tran’s creativity flourishes and new products are added to her line, which already includes facial creams, organic deodorants, matcha lip balms, and more. While Tran hopes to sell Essance Skincare products at additional shops soon, she’s focused on researching recipes

to suit every person. She thrives in the educational components of her business and never tires of the relationships she builds. “I started out really excited about selling one bottle,” she says. “I thought, ‘Wow, somebody wants something from me—that’s cool!’ To this point, I ESSANCE SKINCARE still get the same Jasmine Tran excitement.” Established 2011 www.essanceskincare.com jasmine@essanceskincare.com (971) 219-9482 9221 SW Barbur Blvd. #208 Portland, OR 97219

and taking care of her beloved clients in the meantime. Tran will happily make a drive just to meet with customers and will curate samplings of her products

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PORTLAND’S POC ENTREPRENEURS Cont.

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APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

FOOD & BEVERAGE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

HEALTH & WELLNESS

EMILLY PRADO

GREENHAUS GALLERY

I OF THE NEEDLE WELLNESS

JOY & PIGMENT

Established 2013 www.emillyprado.com emillygprado@gmail.com (650) 430-3269

Cole & Dayna Reed - Established 2015 greenhausgallery.com - cole@greenhausgallery.com (623) 418-6670 18 N Killingsworth St. Portland OR, 97217

Naike Swai & Amy Hastanan - Established 2014 ioftheneedlewellness.com - info@ioftheneedlewellness.com (808) 398-3339 318 NW 20th Ave. Ste. 3A Portland, OR 97209

Desza Dominguez - Established 2017 www.joyandpigment.weebly.com joyandpigment@gmail.com (971) 770-1044

ESSANCE SKINCARE

GUILLEN FAMILY WINES

ILTOPIA STUDIOS

JUST V NATURAL LLC

Jasmine Tran - Established 2011 www.essanceskincare.com - jasmine@essanceskincare.com (971) 219-9482 9221 SW Barbur Blvd. #208 Portland, OR 97219

Jesus Guillen - Established 2013 www.guillenfamily.com - jesus @guillenfamily.com (503) 560-0022 1111 NW 16th Ave. Portland, OR, 97209

Steven Christian - Established 2015 www.iltopia.com stevenchristian@stuckonaneyeland.com (916) 548-6874

Vanessa White - Established 2015 www.justvnatural.com questions@justvnatural.com

EVERGREEN CLEANING SERVICES

H.A.L.F. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH

IMPRUV FITNESS & WELLNESS

KIOSKO

Felipe Tzuc - Established 2011 - (503) 868-1132 cleaningservicesevergreen.com info@cleaningservicesevergreen.com 17032 SE Market St. Portland, Or. 97233

Maxine Glover - Established 2015 bpbyhalf@gmail.com (971) 570-1576

Kasha «KB» Payne, LMT - Established 2016 www.impruvfitnesswellness.com impruvfitness@gmail.com - (971) 727-5778 12559 SW Main St. Tigard, OR 97223

Angel Medina & Lucy Alvarez - Established 2017 www.kiosko.coffee - angel@smalltimeroasters.com (951) 206-8237 1816 SW River Dr. Portland, OR 97201

FLOATERS APPAREL

HEYSUSART

INDIGENOUS COME UP

LAPTOPS & SMALLTALK

Niesha Castro - Established 2015 www.floatersapparel.bigcartel.com floatersapparel@gmail.com

Jesus Adan Torralba - Established 2014 www.portlandraza.bigcartel.com heysus94@gmail.com (503) 419-8694

Lluvia Merello & Chance Starr - Established 2017 www.facebook.com/indigenouscomeup indigenouscomeup@gmail.com (541) 505-4741

Brittany Sierra - Established 2016 www.laptopsandsmalltalk.com hello@laptopsandsmalltalk.com (503) 290-8730

GOOD GREEN

HLETTY DESIGNS

JAEFIELDS

LA TINA’S STYLE OF ELEGANCE

Jamaal Hale - Established 2015 www.goodgreenpdx.com hello@goodgreenpdx.com (503) 488-0197

Hamptom Rodriguez - Established 2014 www.flickr.com/photos/hamptonrodriguez samakymedia@yahoo.com (503) 442-9478

Wookie Fields - Established 2013 www.jaefields.com - info@jaefields.com (971) 266-0969 205 SW Pine St. Portland, OR 97204

LaTina McCord - Established 2016 www.latinasstyleofelegance.com latinassoe@gmail.com (503) 688-8347

GREEN BOX

HUE NOIR

JASMINE GIFTSHOP

LAUGH CRY LOVE ENTERTAINMENT

Adrian Wayman - Established 2015 www.pdxgreenbox.com info@pdxgreenbox.com (971) 263-1975

Paula Hayes - Established 2009 www.huenoir.com - info@huenoir.com (503) 526-1650 9735 SW Sunshine Court Suite 100, Beaverton, OR 97005

Lucy Li - Established 2015 www.facebook.com/pdxlucy jasminegiftshop1@gmail.com (503) 894-3646

Ime N. Etuk - Established 2012 www.lclentertainment.com ime@lclentertainment.com (971) 266-1975

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HUE NOIR “MY WHOLE MISSION IS TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO LOOK AND FEEL THEIR VERY BEST, NO MATTER WHAT THEY’RE DOING” –Paula Hayes Instead of settling for mediocre makeup, Paula Hayes spent her teenage years reading cosmetic dictionaries with a vengeance. “I fell in love with chemistry and biology. So, I started to learn about skin,” she says. Hayes needed a beauty industry solution that was gentle and worked for her acne and skin tone. “I started to learn about what [ingredients] I should stay away from and picked products that didn’t have those. But on the color side, the products that were supposed to be better for my skin didn’t work for my skin tone. Then I’d go back to something that I thought looked good and have the same issues over again.”

After relocating from Southern California in 2007 with her family, the Portland metro provided Hayes with the flexibility, space, and resources she needed to launch a comprehensive, multicultural cosmetic line. And after starting out of her home in 2009, Hue Noir resettled into a new, industrial headquarters in Beaverton in 2015. In addition to lip glosses and eye shadows, the brand now carries foundation in 25 shades that Hayes says, “services women ranging from fair, nuanced skin tones all the way and feel their very best, no matter what to the deepest, darkest.” The brand they’re doing,” says Hayes. While she boasts two Best in Show nominations expects Hue Noir to be a buyout canfrom the Indie Beauty Expo and didate soon, she by Spring 2018, Hue Noir will assures, “I’m a HUE NOIR be available in 140 retailers tinkerer at heart… Paula Hayes nationwide. “My whole mission So, I’ll be making Established 2009 is to empower women to look something, somewhere. It’s www.huenoir.com who I am.” info@huenoir.com (503) 526-1650 9735 SW Sunshine Court Suite 100 Beaverton, OR 97005

Although it was the `80s when Hayes first encountered issues finding a perfect shade, she assumed someone else would fix the problem first. But after years working as a chemist in several industries and climbing the corporate ladder, Hayes was wellequipped with skills to do the job herself.

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JAEFIELDS “I DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS. I SAY MAKE SOMETHING THAT YOU BELIEVE IN.”

While Jaefields was first sold exclusively online, Fields has since opened a successful shop, By the Collective, located on Southwest Pine. Inside the boutique, two barbers are stationed so that customers are able to get an all-encompassing makeover with ease, should the impulse

—Wookie Fields Wookie Fields has always wanted more. Growing up in the Portland metro, Fields— born Jaewook Bae—was surrounded by fleeting trends and mass-produced outdoor wear. Searching for the perfect item to add to his wardrobe became his mission, and as the founder of Jaefields—a streetwear brand and boutique in downtown Portland—it’s a mission that continues to propel him. “When I was in the seventh grade I would think, ‘Wow, that’s a great piece. I want to buy that,’” says Fields. “Now as a designer, I think, ‘Wow, that’s a great piece. That really inspires me. I want to do better.” From hoodies to vests, Jaefields designs menswear committed to quality, aesthetic, and construction. Fields wants to push beyond conventional consumer boundaries of fashion and convince Portland that good design matters. Fields’ first creation—an attempt to create a menswear version of a women’s t-shirt—was inspired by his mother and sister. The outcome was a piece that was ideal for layering and singlehandedly launched the Jaefields brand in 2013.

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bringing garments in here when no one’s involved?” Although fashion fads cycle more quickly now than ever before, Fields works on new collections a full year in advance. The key is picking designs that are unique and evergreen. “That’s why I don’t follow trends,” explains Fields. “I say, make something that you believe in.” arise. Fields also sells his designs across the country and in Canada. Despite the significant growth, however, he remains invested in producing every garment locally: “You have to keep the business in Portland. What’s the point of

JAEFIELDS Wookie Fields Established 2013 www.jaefields.com info@jaefields.com (971) 266-0969 205 SW Pine St. Portland, OR 97204

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APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

FOOD & BEVERAGE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

HEALTH & WELLNESS

LETRA CHUECA PRESS

MATHILDE’S KITCHEN

N’KOSSI

PARKER SIMONNE DESIGNS INC.

Camila Araya and Daniela del Mar - Established 2014 www.letrachuecapress.com - letrachuecapress@gmail.com (503) 893-5668 1515 SE Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97214

Mathilde Aurelien Wilson - Established 2015 haiticommunitysupport.com - mathilde_wilson@yahoo.com (340) 244-4802 7238 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206

Jean Pierre Nugloze kk1kom@hotmail.fr 130 SW Stark St. Portland, OR 97204

Tiffany M. Kirkpatrick - Established 2016 parkersimonnedesigns.com - info@parkersimonnedesigns.com (503) 515-5905 2133 N Willis Blvd. Portland, OR 97217

LONGHOUSE NW LLC

MEXIRICAN

NE CREPERIE

PAZ HAIR LOUNGE

Jennifer Maje Maynard & Kelli Orleck - Established 2017 wellness@longhousenw.com (503)-739-1666

Alfredo Climaco - Established 2015 www.facebook.com/mexiricanpinacolada pinacoladamexirican@gmail.com (503) 975-4742

Philip Wafula - Established 2013 www.facebook.com/necreperie necreperie@gmail.com (503) 793-7837

Yannely Ayala - Established 2017 nellyayala23@gmail.com (503) 858-0588 4605 NE Fremont St. Ste. 209B Portland, OR 97213

LUCKY RABBIT SNACKS & KIMCHI

MILDRED’S SWEET TREATS

NONG’S KHAO MAN GAI

PERSPECTIVE WIFI

Vivian Me-Hae Lee & Monica Makin - Established 2015 www.luckyrabbitsnacks.com vivian@luckyrabbitsnacks.com (503)502-6778

Mildred Jackson - Established 2007 www.facebook.com/mildredwintersjackson mildredsdesserts@gmail.com (503) 388-0585

Narumol Poonsukwattana - Established: www.khaomangai.com - catering@kmgpdx.com (503) 740-2907 609 SE Ankeny St. Ste. C Portland, OR 97214

Antijuan Tolbert - Established 2017 www.eperspectives.net antjuan@eperspectives.net (971) 344-1298

LUMINANCE

MINI LIPS

NXT INDUSTRIES

PO’SHINES: CAFE DE LA SOUL

Laura Washington - Established 2016 www.luminanceportland.com - doc@laurawashington.com (504) 349-8188 3430 NE 41st Ave. Portland, OR 97212

Italya Harden - Established 2015 www.mini-lips.com - chaunciking@gmail.com (503) 929-2700

Cole & Dayna Reed - Established 2015 www.nxt.industries.com - lab@nxt.industries.com (503) 999-7769 1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97214

E.D. Mondaine - Established 2007 www.poshines.com - ptolbert@ctoregon.org (503) 978-9000 8139 N. Denver Ave. Portland, OR 97217

LUXURY AGAVE

MIXTO COMMUNICATIONS LLC

ON SHE GOES

PORTLAND BLOEM FLORAL

Jorge Navarro - Established 2016 www.facebook.com/Luxury-Agave luxuryagave@gmail.com (503) 764-6742

Ericka Lozano-Buhl - Established 2014 www.mixtocommunications.com hello@mixtocommunications.com (503) 683-2607

Wieden+Kennedy - Established 2017 www.onshegoes.com - hello@onshegoes.com (503) 937-7000

Vanessa Guzman - Established 2014 portlandbloem.com - vanessa@portlandbloem.com (503) 505-2647 5012 NE 42nd Ave. Portland, OR 97218

MARIE ERNST™

MLNN PRIME LLC

PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF OREGON

PROJECT OBJECT

David Jenkins - Established 2014 www.marieernst.com - david@libballc.com (503) 954-1681 2525 NE 30th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97212

Markus Prime - Established 2017 www.leagueofmlnn.com markusprimeinfo@gmail.com (929) 245-3289

Nafisa Fai - Established 2017 panafricanfestivalor.org - nafisa@panafricanplanninggroup.org (503) 752-2102

T. Ngu - Established 2017 www.projectobject.co - t@projectobject.co (503) 477-5274 2502 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

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NONG’S KHAO MAN GAI

Bangkapi Neighborhood.” Poonsukwattana recalls, “I kept saying to myself, ‘I can be the One Woman Khao Man Gai!’” Nong’s Khao Man Gai opened its doors in 2009 as a food cart. Renowned for its simplicity, the menu is best known for its khao man gai—or Thai chicken and rice.

“I KEPT SAYING TO MYSELF, ‘I CAN BE THE ONE WOMAN KHAO MAN GAI!’”

to work as hard as ever. She says she wants to give hope to those who don’t have opportunities or haven’t seen success yet. As Poonsukwattana has faced many hardships throughout her life, her drive to succeed remains firmly rooted in maintaining hope for herself and others.

— Nong Poonsukwattana Nong Poonsukwattana grew up watching her mother work long, grueling hours as a restaurant cook. She never imagined she’d make a career in the food industry. Yet when she immigrated to the United States from Thailand in 2003 with only $70, she applied to as many jobs as she could. She spent the next years working in a slew of Portland restaurants before landing a line cook position at Thai-inspired eatery Pok Pok. “I had to peel shallots all day,” she admits. “But I liked it because I was working with my hands. I realized I enjoyed making good food.” The revelation and nostalgia for home inspired Poonsukwattana to carefully save money and develop ideas for her own business. When she returned to Thailand for a visit, she took note of the unique ways people sold and advertised their food. She saw a woman offer papaya salad from her motorcycle while an older man held a sign that read, “One Man Making Khao Man Gai in the 21

After nearly a decade, her team has grown to include a second food cart, a brick-and-mortar store, and over 40 additional staff. The coveted fried chicken skins still sell out on a daily basis and Poonsukwattana continues

NONG’S KHAO MAN GAI Narumol Poonsukwattana Established: www.khaomangai.com catering@kmgpdx.com (503) 740-2907 Main Location: 609 SE Ankeny St. Ste. C Portland, OR 97214

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NXT INDUSTRIES & GREENHAUS GALLERY

but what distinguishes NXT Industries from other similar establishments is their directive and acute attention to fostering mentorships. Reed says the vibrant on-site mural, Kaleidoscope of Hope by artist JB Snyder, also embodies their mission.

“THE FANTASY DOES PERTAIN TO US. WE JUST HAVE TO CREATE THE SUPPORT STRUCTURES.” –Cole Reed Before relocating to Portland in 2015, Greenhaus Gallery was already a revered boutique and gallery in Arizona. Although Cole Reed and her partner Dayna were established entrepreneurs in their community, the couple decided to move mere weeks before welcoming their first child because they wanted to live in a city where same-sex adoptions were openly accepted. Now located on North Killingsworth, Greenhaus Gallery showcases rotating art exhibits, home goods, and Reed’s original furniture designs. In the few years since making Portland home, the couple has also expanded their ventures with the procurement and transformation of NXT Industries. Reed has revamped the coworking space’s mission to focus on supporting Portland’s next generation of diverse entrepreneurs. They provide Wi-Fi, dedicated desks, and mail services (amongst other amenities), 23

NXT INDUSTRIES Cole & Dayna Reed Established 2015

to create the support structures.” She pays tribute to her own family for paving the way to realizing her dreams and is proud to help build that foundation for others. “I feel like a rock star. My grandmother was a maid and my grandfather was a journeyman. They scrubbed floors so I can walk—so that my son can run. I’m a firm believer that you thank the people who crawled so you can walk.”

www.nxt.industries.com NXT Industries is eager lab@nxt.industries.com to take an active role in (503) 999-7769 building an inclusive en1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. trepreneurial landscape Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 in Portland. Currently, the Reeds are developing a new location that will focus on meeting the unique needs of Portland entrepreneurs of African descent. “Sometimes because of our circumstances, we don’t allow ourselves to dream,” Reed says. “The fantasy does pertain to us. We just have

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PORTLAND’S POC ENTREPRENEURS Cont.

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APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

FOOD & BEVERAGE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

HEALTH & WELLNESS

R HESTMARK DESIGNS

SINGING TREE FLUTES

SWEET DAY COTTON CANDY

THE BARRELED BEE

Rachel Hestmark - Established 2011 hestmarkdesigns@gmail.com (503) 935-4442 PO Box 973 Fairview, OR 97204

Miguel Medina - Established 1998 www.singingtreeflutes.com miguel@singingtreeflutes.com 503) 407-0569

Mai Lon Ross - Established 2016 www.sweetdaycc.com info@sweetdaycc.com (503) 964-7503

M. Lee Hedgmon - Established; 2017 www.thebarreledbee.com info@thebarreledbee.com (971) 400-6542

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

SOAPBOX THEORY

SWITCHBLADE SISTAS VINTAGE

THE SUPERFLY CROCHET GUY

Simon Yuen - Established 2015 www.rec-dept.com recreationdepartmentpdx@gmail.com (347) 453-582-

Kayin Talton Davis - Established 2006 www.soapboxtheory.com theorize@soapboxtheory.com (971) 303-9056

Diona Jackson - Established 2016 dionajackson2@gmail.com (503) 875-0216

D’Angelo Wilson - Established 2011 superflycrochetguy@gmail.com (993) 799-4355

REVOLUCIÓN COFFEE HOUSE

SPICE OF AFRICA

TAMALE BOY

THERAPEUTIC WEARABLES

Maria Garcia - Established 2014 revolucioncoffeehouse.com - revolucioncoffeehouse@gmail.com (760) 574-3881 1432 SW 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

Wambui Machua - Established 2008 www.spiceofafrica.com spiceofafrica.experience@gmail.com (503) 619-5541

Jaime Soltero Jr. - Established 2008 www.tamaleboy.com - jaime@tamaleboy.com (503) 206-8022 1764 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211

Alex & Mariam Mikul - Established 2017 www.therapeuticwearables.org alex@therapeuticwearables.org (971) 246-7141

ROYALTY SPIRITS

SPIRITS IN PARIS

TANGLEWOOD BEVERAGE COMPANY

TWIRL ADVERTISING & DESIGN, LLC

Chaunci King - Established 2015 www.miruvodka.com - www.rex-whiskey.com chaunci.king@royaltyspirits.com (503) 897-8005

Raiyasha Paris - Established 2017 www.spiritsinparis.com spiritsinparis@gmail.com (503) 869-4530

Ro Tam - Established 2014 www.tanglewoodbevco.com - ro@tanglewoodbevco.com 8235 SE 13th Ave Ste. 9 Portland, OR 97202

Jennie Rodriguez & Victor Echevarria - Established 1999 www.twirladvdesign.com hello@twirladvdesign.com (503) 473-1035

RRB NATIVE JEWELRY

STONE CREATIONS

TAZHAWORLD

UPPER METAL CLASS

Regana Begay - Established 2016 reganabenally@yahoo.com (503) 885-4267

Roberta Stone - Established 2017 robertastone7@gmail.com (503) 287-0107

Tazha Williams - Established 2014 www.tazhaworld.com TazhaWorld@gmail.com (619) 717-1847

T. Ngu - Established 2010 www.uppermetalclass.com - t@projectobject.co (503) 477-5274 2502 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

SEEWHYZHANG DESIGN

SUMMIT WOOD CREATIONS

THE ALPINE GLOW

VIDA FLARE LLC

Cathy Zhang - Established 2016 www.seewhyzhang.com cathy@seewhyzhang.com (626) 274-5759

Reyna Badillo - Established 2001 summitwoodcreations.com - info@summitwoodcreations.com (503) 230-7018 1431 SE Tacoma St. Portland, OR 97202

Alexa Harris - Established 2017 www.thealpineglow.com thealpineglow@gmail.com (520) 991-5851

Carmen McKibben - Established 2015 www.vidaflare.com vidaflare@gmail.com (360) 216-9347

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RRB NATIVE JEWELRY “WHEN I’M MAKING A PIECE, I PUT ON MY GOOD ATTITUDE AND SPIRITS. THE GRANDMAS [AND] GRANDPAS USED TO SAY IF YOU’RE MAKING SOMETHING, YOU CAN’T MAKE IT WITH ANGER.” –Regana Begay

Regana Begay started making jewelry as a means for survival. In the midst of a major life transition, Begay packed her bags and left Arizona for Portland with three young children in 2006. When she arrived, she found herself unable to sustain an ordinary work schedule because of her demands at home, so she turned to a pastime of silversmithing. “I still had my jewelry,” she recalls. “I had brought all of my equipment and I started building up.” Having learned the skill from a family of fourth-generation silversmiths, the pieces Begay sold during her beginnings were at wholesale. Over time, Begay realized she could earn more money selling products directly to customers. And as her children 27

got older, they started chipping in with utilities which gave Begay more time to rest and create.

and old neighbors to support her community. These quarterly inventory trips ensure quality (and fair prices to sellers in an oft-saturated market). She even keeps her community and traditions in mind with each item she crafts: “When I’m making a piece, I put on my good attitude and spirits. The grandmas [and] grandpas used to say if you’re making something, you can’t make it with anger. You’re putting that bad juju—that bad energy—into something you’re making for somebody… Nobody wants that.” To further her pursuit of empowerment, Begay says she uses turquoise—a stone that aptly represents healing and positivity.

While the initial move to Portland was unexpected, Begay says the integration felt seamless. “We were very welcomed… Everybody told me exactly where to go for whatever I needed—even the powwows, social gatherings, and clubs. There’s such a strong Native community here.” A decade later, her business and resiliency have flourished. Begay travels to the Diné (Navajo) reservation she grew up on to purchase materials from relatives

RRB NATIVE JEWELRY Regana Begay Established 2016 reganabenally@yahoo.com (503) 885-4267

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ROYALTY SPIRITS “I’M JUST A LITTLE BLACK GIRL FROM PORTLAND. I GREW UP IN THE VILLA… IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT TOO.” –Chaunci King Entrepreneurial spirit runs in Chaunci King’s blood. After years of working as a bartender and running a now-defunct clothing boutique in Northeast Portland, King became the first Black woman to operate a vodka company on the West Coast when she started Royalty Spirits in 2014. The Portland native launched her line of spirits with Miru—a crisp, incredibly smooth pear-flavored vodka she calls “the sipper.” King says the vodka is a response to the viable market she saw for flavored vodkas that weren’t overly sugary, in spite of the way the industry seems to expect women to consume alcohol.

“I was always the one bartending at the house parties or family functions. And I would hear people talk about creating a product—or wanting a product—that wasn’t sweet,” King says. “I would hear that throughout the years and I started playing with it. [I thought] it’d be nice to have my own line of spirits—something that’s for women, by women.” The importance of building networks of support for women was a prominent theme during our conversation. It’s a mindset that King says comes

is also dedicated to mentoring young women entrepreneurs. “I can talk to them,” she assures. “I can say, ‘I’m just a little Black girl from Portland.’ I grew up in The Villa... if I can do it, you can do it too.”

ROYALTY SPIRITS Chaunci King Established 2015 www.miruvodka.com www.rex-whiskey.com chaunci.king@royaltyspirits.com (503) 897-8005

inherently with being raised in an environment full of independent women like her single mother and relator aunt. It’s an outlook that’s also already spread to her six-year-old daughter who makes and sells her own lip glosses.

Since winning the 2015 PDX Startup competition through Prosper Portland, King has been busy promoting her two newest additions to Royalty Spirits—a plain vodka and rye whiskey called Rex. She hopes to open her own distillery by 2019. And if that wasn’t enough, King

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PORTLAND’S POC ENTREPRENEURS Cont. WATER IS LIFE TURTLE ISLAND T SHIRTS Rowena Jackson - Established 2016 ninajj33@yahoo.com (458) 215-5954

WILD SHAMAN Emre Taskin & Yesim Yaltirakli Taskin - Established 2016 www.wild-shaman.com - emre@wild-shaman.com (206) 300-8201 931 SE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 WISHCANDY Sashiko Yuen - Established 2007 wishcandy.net

WITH LOVE, FROM PDX Inger McDonwell-Hartye - Established 2015 www.withlovefrompdx.com - inger@withlovefrompdx.com (503) 267-1472 5012 NE 42nd Ave. Portland, OR 97218 WYLD BREAD Cortney Morentin - Established 2016 www.wyldbread.com - cortney@wyldbread.com (714) 271-5883 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97211 Y.G.B. PORTLAND Natalie Figueroa, RaShaunda Brooks, Renee Lopez, Vaughn Kimmons & Michael Davis-Yates - Established 2015 www.ygbportland.com ygbportland@gmail.com

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KIOSKO “EVERYTHING WE DO NOW IS NOT SO MUCH FOR US, BUT FOR WHEN OUR FAMILY GROWS [SO] THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THEM.” —Angel Medina

In the midst of a recession in 2010, Angel Medina and Lucy Alvarez snagged roundtrip flights from Southern California to Portland for $20. The flight left the next day and after spending their impromptu visit exploring neighborhoods and typical tourist destinations, the couple decided to move to Portland for a fresh start.

culture. Simmered with cinnamon, brown sugar, and spices, the aromatic beverage is how you would have coffee in Mexico, Medina explains. As Kiosko continues to settle, the co-owners plan to offer more customary Mexican drinks. The couple credits their success to a lineage of family entrepreneurs and their experiences as business consultants. “Watching [my parents] struggle so often and so much—it forces you to have a different outlook on the world,” says Medina. “It softens you up in a lot of ways, but with all respect to both of them, we don’t want to go through any of that.” While Kiosko has been personally fulfilling, it doesn’t stop there. “Everything we do now is not so much for us, but for when our family grows [so] that we can take care of them.”

KIOSKO Angel Medina & Lucy Alvarez Established 2017 www.kiosko.coffee angel@smalltimeroasters.com (951) 206-8237 1816 SW River Dr. Portland, OR 97201

By January 2017, Alvarez was busy working on a medical degree and Medina was nearing his fourth year at a tech startup. Coffee roasting was always a hobby, but the pair decided to roast a special batch to raise money for United We Dream, an immigrant rights nonprofit. Instead of a few bags, they sold 48, and within weeks, Medina’s employer placed an ongoing weekly order of 100 bags. To keep up with the full-time demand, Medina quit his job and opened up a coffee shop with Alvarez that same summer. Kiosko is filled with warmth, familiarity, and good coffee. With an entirely Spanish menu and traditional drinks like café de olla, guests are invited to engage with Mexican 33

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TAMALE BOY “WE KNOW WE CAN’T BEAT GRANDMA’S TAMALES, BUT GRANDMA’S FOR US, IT’S TAMALES, VERY MUCH BUT ABOUT FOR COMMUNITY.” US, IT’S VERY MUCH ABOUT –JAIME SOLTERO JR. COMMUNITY.” –Jaime Soltero Jr.

“The tamale is one of the items that’s most ancient in our culture,” says Soltero. “It was something you could pack in your bag and go for days.” To honor the ancient meal and his newly adopted nickname, Mayahuel was rebranded and Tamale Boy launched in 2011 as a food truck. They specialized in corn husk- and banana leaf-wrapped tamales and, yet again, proved extremely successful. Three years later, they opened their first brickand-mortar restaurant in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland. Today, Tamale Boy operates in three

Jaime Soltero Jr. grew up working in his parents’ Mexican restaurant, but it wasn’t until he traveled to Mexico as an adult that he realized how drastically the cuisine had shifted from its authentic roots. As a first-generation Mexican American in the Pacific Northwest, Soltero and his family had limited access to the ingredients used by his ancestors. But he returned to Portland with a mission: “I really wanted to try to educate the Northwest on what true Mexican food is.” So, in 2008, Soltero founded Mayahuel Catering and worked directly with Abel Hernandez, a chef from Veracruz, Mexico. Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of food and nutrition, he explains, aptly represented their intent. They began catering out of his family’s restaurant and quickly became one of the most sought-after Mexican catering companies. When his clients couldn’t remember “Mayahuel,” they began calling Soltero “Tamale Boy” instead—and the name stuck. 35

locations, including one at the Portland International Airport. They’ve grown from three employees to over 30. And even as Tamale Boy’s reach continues to expand, building meaningful relationships remain integral to their mission. “We know we can’t beat grandma’s tamales,” says Soltero. “But for us, it’s very much about community and putting our best foot out the door.”

TAMALE BOY JAIME SOLTERO JR. ESTABLISHED 2008 WWW.TAMALEBOY.COM JAIME@TAMALEBOY.COM (503) 206-8022 1764 NE DEKUM ST. PORTLAND, OR 97211

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