This Weekend in Portland!

Got a few breaks during the evenings this weekend at NVC? Wondering what to do? Check out some of the fantastic events going on in downtown Portland.  Whether this is your first time in Portland or you are familiar with the area, the city is always thriving with culture and contemporary life.

Thursday, April 7th

Art Exhibit

Portland Museum of Art

1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Portland, OR 97205

0.5 miles from Hotel Monaco

Take a guided tour of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art and explore numerous forms of media including photography and decorative arts.

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: Free with museum admission


Arlene Schnitzer Hall

1037 Southwest Broadway

Portland, OR 97205

0.4 miles from Hotel Monaco

See Sarah Silverman, the popular comedian perform at Arlene Schnitzer, one of the most prized venues part of Portland’s Center for the Performing Arts.

Time: 8PM

Cost: $42.00

Friday, April 8th


The Hawthorne Theatre

1507 S.E. 39th Ave.

Portland, OR 97214

3 miles from Hotel Monaco

Enjoy performances by A Rocket to the Moon, Valencia, Anarbor, Runner Runner, and Go Radio.

All Ages

Time: 7:00PM

Cost: $15

Dinner and live music

The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

1001 S.W. Broadway

Portland, OR 97205

0.4 miles from Hotel Monaco

Have dinner or drinks at the Heathman Restaurant  & Bar, which offers a French touch to Northwest cuisine. Musical performances by Johnny Martin.

Pizza, beer, and live music

Mississippi Pizza Pub

3552 N. Mississippi Ave.

Portland, OR 97227

2.3 miles from Hotel Monaco

Band: Lamppost Revival (Acoustic Folk-Rock)

Time: 6:00pm

Saturday, April 9th

Dinner and live music

Portland Prime

121 Southwest 3rd Avenue

Portland, OR 97204-2704

0.3 miles from Hotel Monaco

Treat yourself to seafood and steak; listen to some live Jazz music by the Mel Brown Trio.

There’s always something going on in the City of Roses.

Check out a full list of events this weekend at





Written by Hannah Moore


Things to do in Portland

With the competition only a few weeks away, participants from all over the world are starting to plan their trip to Portland, Oregon. Whether it is your first time or you’re a frequent visitor, Portland offers a unique atmosphere. Home to mouth-watering restaurants, beautiful parks and gardens, great microbreweries, and fascinating entertainment, Portland is sure to prove a vibrant city.

In the off hours of the competition, here are some things to check out while in Portland:

Japanese Gardens: This beautiful and tranquil garden is proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan with 5.5 acres nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.

Portland Art Museum: The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest and is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions. Its various exhibits offer art that is relevant to any visitor.

Oregon Zoo: This fun place of discovery and fun is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. The zoo provides award winning education programs and encourages visitors to understand and experience the natural world.

Portland Opera: The Portland Opera inspires, challenges and uplifts its audience of all ages by creating productions of high quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. In April, the featured performance is “Galileo.”

Keller Auditorium: The auditorium, located on 1111 Southwest Broadway in Portland, is part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Billy Elliot, showing in the month of April, is a spectacular show awarded with ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

There are many elaborate and authentic restaurants to choose from while in Portland. If you are looking for a spectacular view overlooking Portland, elegant food and a superb happy hour, then Portland City Grill may be your place. If you are looking for a more casual and energetic experience in addition to flavorful, gourmet cuisine, then Matador, the Tex-Mex tequila bar, may be more your style. If you want a completely unique dining experience, then check out Brazil Grill, Portland’s first Churrascaria, involving Brazilian traditional cooking methods where twelve meats and gourmet sausages are carved from swords and allow guests to try everything the house has to offer.

No matter what your dining style and mood, the famous and highly rated Portland Food Carts are a necessary stop for any out-of-towner.

Also, rated the top restaurants in 2009 were Lucky Strike, Beast, Park Kitchen, Syun Izakaya, Bunk Sandwiches, Clyde Common, Nostrana, Paley’s Place, Laurelhurst Market and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

Now go enjoy the City of Roses!

Written By Tara Gremillion

The Portland Business Community: Events

For those who are just starting out in business or are new to the Portland area, there are opportunities to become involved in organizations that connect you with the Portland business community and help to build your business.

The Portland Business Alliance, Portland’s leading business association, provides a membership that strives to boost your business, raise your impact and impact your community. The alliance offers opportunities to meet and build relationships with potential customers and clients through networking programs, community activities and special events.  Not only is the alliance dedicated to providing value to its members, but works with other organizations and businesses to build a strong city and regional economy.

Membership allows for exclusive opportunities, events, programs and discounts that will provide strong advantages in the business community. Educational and leadership programs help establish a link with successful business professionals so that connections are built and skills are sharp. Additionally, the Alliance’s committees and councils allow you the opportunity to advocate for initiatives important to you.

Among the many beneficial programs and events offered to members, the Alliance does allow for non-members to attend two Alliance events as a guest. Attending these events may offer a glance into the benefits of membership with the Portland Business Alliance and can be a resource for new business professionals to gain connections and see what a business alliance membership may have to offer.

Here are some events coming up within the next month, if you are interesting in checking it out:

12/1/2010 Green Hour hosted by Service Master

The Green Hour event will showcase companies who succeeded in incorporating green practices into their daily business. These innovative companies promote sustainable business practices for the region’s businesses. This Green Hour will promote community awareness and educate on how sustainability can positively affect our day-to-day lives.

12/8/2010 Business After Hours at Portland Prime

This event is a networking opportunity to create new business relationships. Appetizers, door prizes and refreshments will be provided in a relaxed setting.

12/14/2010 Business Leads Exchange at The Rose Quarter

Business Leads Exchange is an opportunity to build lasting business relationships and share valuable business leads. The program will have a sponsor presentation, small group networking sessions and a facilitated group discussion on business-related topics. Over 75 members attend.

12/15/2010 December Forum: International Trade: The Region’s Economical Catalyst.

Over breakfast, the Alliance and the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, (PNITA) will unveil its international trade study and will feature top trade level experts Emilia Istrate, Senior Research Analyst at Brookings Institute and Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland. The speakers will discuss their latest research on the impact of trade on the Portland region.

To find more details on these events and look for more upcoming events put on by The Portland Business Alliance, check out their website.  (tag on the word “website”.)


Written By Tara Gremillion

Where in Portland will NVC Take Place?

The 20th annual New Venture Championship will take place at the University of Oregon in Portland at the White Stag Building and the beautiful Hotel Monaco.

The White Stag Building is home to the University of Oregon in Portland as part of the White Stag Block, located just west of the Burnside Bridge off of NW Naito Parkway, in Portland’s Old Town District. The White Stag is named after the history of the building itself, which once housed ‘White Stag Sporting Goods’ in 1931. The historical light-up Made in Oregon sign, which still stands above the block, features an actual outline of a white stag; however, the words Made in Oregon were replaced with Portland, Oregon on November 17th, 2010. The White Stag block is composed of the White Stag, Skinner block, and Bicklel block buildings, all three of which were merged and renovated in 2008. The facility is now incredibly sustainable, with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The complex features green aspects from its basement to the roof, and holds lecture halls, large event spaces, studios, labs, and the Duck Store.

Hotel Monaco- “Art Lives Within

Hotel Monaco Street View

The motto of this luxury hotel upholds its story: Designer Cheryl Rowley revolutionized what once was a building of 1912 Edwardian art into a dramatic and colorful four-star hotel located in the center of Portland’s business district. On each floor, you will find pieces of the hotel’s art collection, composed of numerous Northwest artists. The evening wine reception, in the Monaco’s living room, provides canvas, paint, and brushes to create your own work too. The location of Hotel Monaco couldn’t be more convenient for Portland visitors. Within walking distance, you will find Pioneer Square, the Pioneer Place Shopping Pavilion, the Waterfront Park, and dozens of delicious restaurants. The MAX line provides easy transportation up and down the downtown blocks.



List of Amenities:

  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Free high-speed internet
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea
  • 24 hour room service
  • Concierge

Written By Hannah Moore