Next Meeting of the NW Ed Cluster - 10th Anniversary meeting - June 20 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Hello NW Ed Cluster members and friends,

The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on 1945 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97209

This 10th anniversary meeting is hosted by Clarity Innovations. Thanks again Thor and team (www.clarityinnovations.com)

The past few meetings of the cluster we have talked about start-up companies from funding issues to how they do business as well as how to support them with video and other marketing tools. This meeting will address these and other issues that are currently on our mind at the NW Ed Cluster.

Here are the details:

6:00 to 6:30 Networking
6:30 to 6:45 Introductions
6:45 to 7:45 Conversation around setting up an ed-celerator here in Portland – what would that take and why would we want one. Additionally we will talk about working more closely with the TAO and how that might look, plus we will address problems companies are having in the Education space and the future of the NW Ed Cluster. Basically there is a lot on the table that we will be discussing it all as we enter the next 10 years of the cluster.
7:45 to 8:00 wrap up

Please RSVP to me. I look forward to seeing you there!


Jim Snyder

Oregon Business Plan Summit - December 3rd

The Oregon Business Plan was held on December 3rd. Three cluster members (Thor Prichard, Greg Kulander and Jim Snyder) hosted tables at lunch to talk about the cluster. More info can be found here: 

Oregon Business Plan Summit

Social Impact Study

We have finally published the Social Impact Study that was created back in June 2011.  Lots of good information about the cluster here:


This was a year long effort by Nick Feulner to poll some of the core members of the cluster to identify core values of the cluster and its potential future direction. In addition, this study addressed the potential impact that the cluster has on the surrounding community. We are very excited about this ground breaking information

LikedIn Group

I will now be sending all notices of meetings via LinkedIn and the group – NW Ed Cluster


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Oregon Business Plan

The cluster also has a webpage on the Oregon Business Plan website.  Check it out.

Some Discussion questions for the Cluster:

* What are the biggest challenges are cluster firms facing operating an education business here in Oregon in the next 12 months?

* What makes Oregon (and/or Portland ) an attractive place for your business?

* What could make Portland even better for firms in the education industry?

* What additional companies and services would you wish to attract to Portland ?

* What can local and state governments do to help drive economic development of the educational industries in the next 12 months?

Please email me to join the cluster!

Since August 2003, the NW Education Cluster has existed to discuss issues surrounding education in the Northwest.

Check out the new jobs in the Jobs link

Linkedin Group

For all you Linkedin type people out there, I have created a NW Education Cluster group for you to join.  Here is the link 


Jim Snyder

Director of the NW Ed Cluster

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