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Athletic & Outdoor Industry Event This Week

18 hours 34 min ago

Did you know that the Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) cluster is a signature industry for the Portland region? It's composed of dominant large companies — such as Nike and adidas — and hundreds of emerging small to medium sized players.

In fact, the Portland Development Commission reports that the Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O firms in the nation. In Oregon overall, more than 800 A&O businesses contribute $1.5 billion to the state's economy.

Infographic: PDC


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Executive in Residence: Alando Simpson

April 14, 2014 - 3:00am

Alando SimpsonTomorrow, the School of Business Administration offers our next Executive in Residence roundtable discussion. This week's session features Alando Simpson, Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling.

The Executive in Residence series features small group discussions where MBA students have the opportunity to interact with high-level executives from the Portland community.

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Pitch Fest Application Deadline: May 1

April 11, 2014 - 12:03am

The annual Elevating Impact Pitch Fest returns this year as a part of the 2014 Elevating Impact Summit!

If you are a passionate innovator with an early-stage social venture, apply to pitch your concept to an audience of 400+ and a panel of experts and impact investors. Thanks to Immix Law, the Pitch Fest winner will receive $1,500 cash and $1,000 of in-kind legal support. The runner up will also receive $1,000 cash.

The Elevating Impact Summit, organized by PSU's Impact Entrepreneurs, is a celebration of impact in many forms, including new social ventures, concepts, and up-and-coming social innovators. Pitch Fest applicants must be using an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to address a social or environmental problem. Concepts may utilize for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid structures.

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Meet Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador, Didem Karpuzcu

April 10, 2014 - 8:16am

Didem Karpuzcu (MBA 2015)Today we are proud to welcome Didem Karpuzcu, a first year MBA graduate student. She is one of our new School of Business Graduate Ambassadors.

Here is Didem's first guest post for the Future Forward blog...


I am Didem Karpuzcu. I am an international student from Turkey.

I studied International Business at Bogazici University in Turkey and worked for 7 years for Tupperware Brands Corporation in 3 different locations: 3.5 years in Turkey as Product Manager, 2 years in Belgium as Project Manager for product development and 2 years in Florida as Global Product Manager.

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Three Minute Thesis Competition: Submissions Due Friday

April 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Portland State graduate business students are invited to participate in PSU's Three Minute Thesis event. Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience — all in just three minutes.

Masters and Doctoral students are eligible to present any research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or culminating project. There are cash prizes for winners, plus the chance to advance to the state championships.

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“Include. Innovate. Invest. Portland” event (I3PDX)

April 8, 2014 - 12:03am

I recently attended the inaugural “Include. Innovate. Invest. Portland” event hosted by the Portland Development Commission. This event was designed to support the diversity dialogue in Portland. Approximately 300 people attended the event, which was hosted at Puppet Labs in the Pearl District.

I3PDX Keynote Speaker, Mayor Charlie Hales


The panelists were Paola Moretto, CEO and co-founder of cloud start-up Nouvola; D’Wayne Edwards; founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy; and Michael Gray, CTO at GlobeSherpa. Marcelino Alvarez, founder of Uncorked Studios, moderated the panel.

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Employer Spotlight: New Seasons Market

April 7, 2014 - 3:00am

In 1999, three families and fifty friends joined together to open the first New Seasons Market grocery store, with the mission of creating a store that carried a little bit of everything, believed in sustainable agriculture, and had friendly and fun employees.

Today, the company has thirteen stores in Oregon and Washington and has more than succeeded in their mission. Their mission to sustainability can be seen while walking through the aisles of each store, where customers can spot The Home Grown symbol on numerous products — from scented candles to produce and meat — informing them that it comes from local farms, ranches, and small businesses so that customers can choose to support the local and regional economy. Through the company’s “Just Label It” campaign, New Seasons seeks to create transparency, ensuring that all GMO products are labeled correctly and that all non-GMO products are highlighted on their shelves, allowing customers to make healthy decisions.

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Graduation! "Farewell" Post from KT

April 3, 2014 - 5:53pm

I’ve been asked many times, "was my MBA worth it?”

The short answer, “Absolutely!” 

I applied to the MBA program because I knew I wanted to further my professional development and broaden my opportunities. What I didn’t expect was the life changing experiences that would follow.

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Alumni: Dan McDonald of PECI

April 2, 2014 - 12:03am

Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald is an outstanding MBA alum who has continued his engagement and involvement with Portland State University in a very meaningful way.

Dan works for PECI, which designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. PECI has earned "Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" recognition every year since 2009.

I recently caught up with Dan to talk about his role at PECI and his experience with the Portland State MBA program.

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Getting an MBA Without a Business or Engineering Undergraduate Degree

March 31, 2014 - 2:42pm

 "Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."

Paulo Coelho

Did you know that Portland State University's MBA program doesn't require any specific coursework to enroll? Portland State does look for outstanding academic history and work experience, but there is no coursework required before entry.

Sarah Shannon, MBA 2014Not having an academic business background can be scary before entering the MBA program. I know I was nervous — my undergrad degree was in Philosophy and English. But, it has been my experience that not having an academic business or engineering background provides a unique and valuable perspective to the class.

I have found myself in many classroom discussions in which a student without a business background has provided a unique point of view or experience to the topic at hand — or has thought of a creative, non-traditional solution to a business problem. These contributions make a significant impact on the quality of classroom interactions, and the overall academic experience.

Here is my advice as a student who has one more semester to go before graduation from Portland State University's MBA program:

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School of Business Faculty in the News

March 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Melissa AppleyardMelissa Appleyard was interviewed for and quoted in a recent news article titled “Crowd-funding Gets Portland Outdoors Apparel Brand – Now Made in USA - Rolling” by Allen Brettman of the Oregonian.

Melissa was also interviewed for and quoted in an article titled “Portland State University Professor assesses Made in USA startup’s prospects," also by Allen Brettman.

Berrin Erdogan was interviewed for and quoted in an article titled “NAVEX Global Names Two Company Presidents” by Mike Rogoway of the Oregonian.

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Admissions Corner: The Power of the GPA

March 21, 2014 - 5:00am

Once an individual has recognized the value of an MBA in helping them achieve their educational and career goals, one of the first questions considered is "Am I qualified?” While every MBA admissions committee uses different criteria and guidelines for evaluating candidates, the undergraduate or graduate GPA is a widely recognized standard for assessing academic capability.

Coupled with the GMAT or GRE score, which you can learn more about in my most recent post, and/or academic references, the GPA and associated individual course performance can allow an admissions committee to evaluate a variety of important factors including: 

  • Quantitative and writing capabilities
  • Performance in business-related coursework (when applicable)
  • Capability to manage demanding course load
  • Educational background

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MBA Student Profile: Cori Batey

March 20, 2014 - 5:00am

Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador Cori BateyThis article is part of a series to introduce our School of Business student ambassadors from the Portland State full time MBA program.

Previously, we covered full time MBA student Jacey Marushia-Laurain and part time MBA student David Lane.

Today, we're spending some time with Cori Batey, a first year full time MBA student at Portland State University.

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Welcome Angela Wright!

March 19, 2014 - 9:47am

Please welcome Angela Wright, MIM 2012, who joined the Portland State School of Business as a Recruiting and Admissions Specialist. I recently caught up with her so she could share her story.

Q: What are your responsibilities?

 Angela: Promote PSU's Graduate Business Programs, provide students with program and admissions information, and assist both domestic and international students throughout the application process.

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PSU ranks among top 25 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities

March 17, 2014 - 3:00am

Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.

The organization recently released their 2013 "Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Universities and Colleges" list- and Portland State is proud to have made the list.

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Events: Business Briefing Breakfast Series

March 14, 2014 - 5:00am

John MitchellNext week, the Portland State School of Business Administration is hosting the next installment of its Business Briefing Breakfast series.

John Mitchell — Principal, M&H Economic Consultants and former Western Regional Economist for U.S. Bancorp — returns to deliver his annual Regional Economic Update — it's one of the most popular Business Briefing Breakfasts of the year. 

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MBA Student Profile: Weronika Budak, MBA 2014

March 13, 2014 - 3:00am

Weronika and KTIt’s not every day you meet someone with the drive, passion, and the willingness to work hard to meet their goals.

Weronika Budak, 2nd year MBA, is one of these individuals. I recently caught up with Weronika at a Portland State men's basketball game, where she shared her story and her passion for sport.

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Careers in Sustainability: Breakfast Speed Networking Roundtable

March 12, 2014 - 12:01am

Careers in Sustainability Breakfast Speed Networking Roundtable 2014

The Portland State Net Impact team had an great time at our recent Careers in Sustainability Breakfast Speed Networking Roundtable event.

The breakfast event was an opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with sustainability professionals from various industries in the Portland area.

The turnout was excellent — we had 13 guest speakers and approximately 30 Portland State University students. Most of the student attendees were representing the business program, but we did have other attendees from other fields of study at the university.

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Portland Start-Up Profile: Pacific Northwest Kale Chips

March 10, 2014 - 5:00am

Local and organic, Pacific Northwest Kale Chips is serving some serious deliciousness in the Portland area. The almost two year old company is led by driven, yet down-to-earth CEO and founder, Sarah Pool.

So what IS Pacific Northwest Kale Chips?

It’s a Portland start-up dedicated to a mission of local, organic, supporting the local economy, and building strong, healthy relationships with their community.

A Certified B Corporation, the company is committed to championing a healthy and sustainable food system, and giving the community a snack food option that truly benefits their health. The company utilizes 100% real food, with zero oils, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial flavors. The kale chips are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and raw.

Last month, I had a chance to attend the School of Business "Faces of Success" speaker series, where Sarah shared her experience as CEO of this impressive, socially-minded venture.

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Portland State Business Accelerator Celebrates 10 Years

March 7, 2014 - 5:00am


Congratulations to the Portland State Business Accelerator, which celebrates 10 years with a special event this Monday, March 10, starting at 5pm. 

The Business Accelerator is home to 30+ startup companies in technology, bioscience, and cleantech. Together, they have raised more private angel and venture capital over the last three years than any other location in Oregon.

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