Articles by Tony Fuentes

Tony Fuentes
Tony Fuentes is an avid outdoorsman & father of two. In addition to Milagros Boutique, he operates a private management consulting practice, and has started a wide variety of other businesses including an indie record label, a rock climbing guide service, and the Portland Women’s Film Festival (aka POW! Fest).
Movers & Makers: Jennifer Lindsay of Niftyfare Handcakes

Portland Mom Kickstarts Vegan Meal Idea Into Food Business

Portland Mom Kickstarts Vegan Meal Idea Into Food Business

Portland’s food scene continues to grow. While there are many different themes in the culinary expressions of the Rose City, one area of emphasis for many years has been vegetarian fare. The annual VegFest is the central celebration for local vegetarian and vegan food products. This year’s VegFest attracted more than 6,000 people to taste a wide variety of vegetarian delights, and I was one of those more...

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Locavesting: Is Local the Future of Investing?

Locavesting: Is Local the Future of Investing?

Author Amy Cortese coined the term locavesting in her book Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It. Just as locavores focus on foods grown close to home, a locavestor aims to only invest in businesses within 50 miles of his or her doorstep. The emergence of locally focused investing is potentially good news for small businesses that are struggling for the capital needed to grow their more...

Movers & Makers: Philip Graham, Ear Trumpet Labs

Portland Craftsman Hand Builds Microphones From Repurposed Objects

Portland Craftsman Hand Builds Microphones From Repurposed Objects

Pickathon, Portland’s roots music festival, is always a summer highlight for me. While enjoying workshop concerts by Laura Gibson, The Two Man Gentleman Band, and The Cactus Blossoms at this year’s fest, I found myself focusing on the uniquely stylized microphones being used by the performers. One of my first businesses was a recording studio, so it wasn’t just the attractive look of these mics more...

Utilize Your Money in a Way That Better Serves Your Values

Use Your Community's Spending Power to Seed Local Businesses

Use Your Community's Spending Power to Seed Local Businesses

As previously reported, crowdfunding has gained momentum among small businesses. A direct appeal from a business to its community, prospective customers, and/or concerned individuals for financial support, online crowdfunding platforms like Smallknot and 40billion have made initiating a small business crowdfunding appeal easier than ever. One local church community is flipping crowdfunding onto its head: It got the more...

Movers & Makers: Jeff Evans, The Kitchen Compost Caddy

Portland Entrepreneur Creates Marketable Solution to Smelly Problem

Portland Entrepreneur Creates Marketable Solution to Smelly Problem

I follow Mayor Sam Adams on Twitter, which is a nearly impossible task since he tweets at a rate that would cause the thumbs of normal people to seize up and fall off. Regardless, during a recent Sunday Parkways, His Honor tweeted a photo of a uniquely Portland household invention that is being made right here in town: the Kitchen Compost Caddy. Why uniquely Portland? Because in late 2011, Portland initiated a more...

The Truth Behind Mission: Small Business

If you’ve recently liked a small business on Facebook, then maybe you’ve also seen a Mission: Small Business ad—a program sponsored by Chase Bank and LivingSocial where up to 12 small businesses will each receive $250,000 grants—asking you to vote for your favorite indie businesses. Or, maybe a local business you support has directly reached out to you via its Facebook page, email, Twitter, more...

"We Shouldn't Give Up on a Whole Generation of Young People"

Can the Summer Job Drought Be Reversed?

Can the Summer Job Drought Be Reversed?

Do you remember a favorite summer job? Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith does. “One of my first summer jobs was as a tutoring coordinator at Oregon State University,” Smith says. “I will never forget that experience, which really helped me to become a better communicator and instilled in me the importance of responsibility.” Whether it is working in a retail store or restaurant, more...