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Building a Brand from Scratch: From Growing to Sustaining

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| Free

Building a brand is hard work! How do you do it? From conceptualizing, planning, and making your first sale to production, distribution, and growth, creating a brand is not for the faint of heart.

We will hear from successful Portland business owners, including Portland Gear and Marshall’s Haute Sauce founders, on how they started their brands and built them into the businesses they are today.


Marcus Harvey – Owner & Founder of Portland Gear

Marcus has a passion for product. From a young age, Marcus has been consumed with the process from conception to production and how things are designed and made. In starting @portland on Instagram, with over 326,000 followers, Marcus has developed a new social media-based community around the city. From this page, he was able to create his dream company, Portland Gear which has grown to a team of 6, a retail store on 19th and Burnside and sales in every state and 30 countries! Graduating in 2008 from Century high school and The University of Oregon with a degree in Digital Arts and Business in 2012, Portland is where he calls home.

Sarah Marshall – Owner & Founder of Marshall’s Haute Sauce

Sarah started Marshall’s Haute Sauce from her home kitchen. Her love for canning and preserving local ingredients lead to a beautiful and tasty product line. She recruited her husband Dirk Marshall to chop and prep all the produce. The business quickly outgrew their home and they now run out of a commercial kitchen in South East Portland, they continue to make each bottle by hand.

Event Details:

Reception hosted by UO SOJC Portland
2 drink tickets/person for beer or wine
Nonalcoholic beverages available
Hors-d’oeuvres and dessert buffet
Walk-ins are also welcome, but advance registration is highly recommended.

Location/room info:

UO Portland
Main Event Room
70 NW Couch Street
Portland OR 97209

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018


Doors open at 6 pm (food/bar will be open)
Networking 6 – 6:45 pm
Presentation and panel discussion from 6:45 -7:30 pm
Networking 7:30 – 8 pm
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland provides an exciting urban environment within the media capital of the state. Our Portland-based graduate programs in Strategic Communication and Multimedia Journalism are intellectually challenging and relentlessly practical, preparing students to be innovators and leaders in the working world. They connect students with top professionals in the state’s biggest media market, expose them to the latest in thinking and technology, and give them access to world-class faculty members. Night and weekend classes allow professionals to complete a master’s degree while working full time.


November 15, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


University of Oregon – Portland
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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