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Oregon-servicing social enterprises often draw from the pulse of the state: Portland. If you take as its known in popular culture and in the imaginary, Portland, Oregon is often known as a place filled with hippies (or ex-hippies), organic food and bicycles. Created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, TV series ‘Portlandia,’ which won a Peabody Award is a satiric comedy show that shows a near ludicrous rendering of what it means to be young, white and from Portland.
From smooth street initiatives to ethical shopping mobs, these Oregon-servicing social enterprises range in industry and business model. But sometimes all you need to bring people together is the commonality of place. The essence of a city relays itself in business, social good and non-profit organizations—and it’s clear to see.