Growing up on a farm granted Ryan and Shane Stonemetz a firsthand look at the injustices of the industrial-food market. The brothers watched their father and grandfather toil daily to make ends meet and subsequently swore off entering the family business. However, as the pair established their adult lives in Portland and Seattle, they realized that injustices live forever unless someone puts up a fight.
And so began ProFarm Produce, a small farm-to-customer enterprise that lowers prices for shoppers and increases wages for farmers by eliminating the middleman. The company started with nothing more than a 12-foot truck and a bed full of organic cherries, but it has since grown to a fleet of trucks thanks to an extra-potent fertilizer that's safe for automobiles' digestion. The expanding staff transports ProFarm's bounty to 20 area farmers' markets and various wholesale clients. ProFarm also participates in a CSA program that provides weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to participants in surrounding communities.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are free to objectively examine your circumstances and make optimal investment recommendations without pressure to promote particular mutual funds, annuities or insurance policies.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I am a fee-only financial advisor (no product sales) who has been serving clients since 1994. I am
passionate about investment management and retirement planning, and about changing my clients' lives through
What do you love most about your job?
A benefit of working in my profession over two decades is seeing how money works out for so many good people over time.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
A client who I served for
18 years thanked me for helping
her make sound decisions about investments and retirement lifestyle. She eventually experienced memory loss, and her daughter thanked me for helping her mom, including visits to the retirement home near the end of my client's life.
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Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Star Bar.
There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Star Bar has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Star Bar has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
You can fill up on Star Bar's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.
Founded in 1850, The Oregonian's articles have always focused intently on local news, be it politics, business, sports, culture, or neighborhood events. Over time, the paper grew and changed—today, much of its modern reporting first arrives on its website, OregonLive.com. However, the paper itself still circulates widely, delivering the daily news to doorsteps on good old-fashioned newsprint.
Since 1999, The Oregonian's reporters have earned eight Pulitzer Prizes (most recently in 2014) in categories ranging from Editorial Writing to Breaking News Reporting. Founded as a weekly by Thomas J. Dryer in 1850, it is one of the oldest and largest published newspapers on the Unites States west coast. Owned by Advance Publications, The Oregonian is also a leader in both print and digital news delivery.
Mitche Graf has owned a lot of businesses—a cribbage board company, for example. And a hot tub rental business. And a photography studio. Most were successful while some were not. It's both his successes and his failures that have made him uniquely qualified to help other business owners forge their own career paths. With Power Marketing 101, one of his three current companies, Mitche instills entrepreneurs with sales, marketing, and other business skills through educational seminars, webinars, and podcasts. In all mediums, he touches on a range of topics, from the importance of branding to the art of balancing your personal and professional life without having to marry your copy machine.