10 Resources that Help Our Business Go, Go, Go

We all have our go-to’s in life — local bookstores, parks, shops or even our favorite Portland nursery — that make everything more special. When it comes to our business, we regularly turn to these excellent resources when we need inspiration, motivation, organization, and innovation.

Be sure to give them a look-sy.

We all have our go-to’s in life — local bookstores, parks, shops or even our favorite Portland nursery — that make everything more special. When it comes to our business, we regularly turn to these excellent resources when we need inspiration, motivation, organization, and innovation.

Be sure to give them a look-sy:

Marketing Mentor: Our business wouldn’t be the business it is today without the guidance of Marketing Mentor, its founder Ilise, and her extended colleagues. We’ve been working with her for 9-ish years when we need help with marketing our agency and answers to tough biz situations.

Typewolf: The simple, go-to resource on finding out more about fonts and seeing them in use. Whenever we’re considering a typeface, we search here to see who designed it, what some good pairings are, and where we can source it. Here’s an example.

Comnet: You know that feeling Norm had when he walked into Cheers and everyone screamed “NORM!” like they were one big, happy family? That’s how we feel about ComNet, or The Communications Network, whether it’s attending their amazing yearly conferences, year-long programming, or local groups—and we happen to help lead/organize the ComNetPortland group.

NTen: NTen is the best…the best! They are truly dedicated to equity in technology, and member pricing is flexible, which is great for a variety of folks and budgets. They also host online discussion groups where you can post questions and build community. We learn so much from their yearly conference, which is in Portland in 2024!

Brand New: When we need some inspiration, we go here to look at branding projects reviewed by UnderConsideration. One of our fave things about this review site is the punny titles, like “Sweet Beams Are Made of This”,  “A Tough Nut to Krakow”, and “Ruff Around the Edges.” 

Google Drive: Google Drive makes it an easy jump from working with Word and Excel with the bonus of being able to easily share and not get caught in the “am I looking at the right draft?” conundrum. We appreciate the versatility of being able to store your files in the same spot where you’re creating and sharing them. And at this point, most folks are familiar with it, so using it as a tool with contractors and clients is smooth and easy.

Basecamp: This project management tool is superb at helping us compartmentalize. You can easily view projects in a way that works for your brain and depending on what you need at the moment — micro or macro view. Do you need to see everything you have going on, so you can properly schedule and prioritize? Or are you having a moment when you need to block out the noise and narrow in on the details? Basecamp can help in both capacities. 

Charity Navigator: We’re always interested in learning about new organizations as part of our social responsibility initiatives. It’s an excellent resource for charity ratings and learning more about the orgs in general.

Bossa Nova Covers: Good work needs good beats, and we regularly stop by this channel on YouTube when we need just the right vibe and energy for the day’s tasks.

Coffee: Really, when we hear about folks who don’t drink coffee, we’re like “WHHHAAAAA?????” We joke that we’re coffee snobs, but we just want our coffee to taste good and be ethically sourced. When we’re not working at home, we might be working from Jet Black. At home, we might be brewing Jet Black’s Dear You blend, Nossa Familia, or Stumptown. We’re always looking for new brews, so hit us up with your absolute faves.

What are some things they get you going, going, going? I’d love to know.