August 18, 2014
Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.
He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.
Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees. Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.
Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.
Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.
ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses.
Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.