Startup growth focus of PubTalk

first_imgPamela Jones is in the business of assisting companies, large and small, with attracting and recruiting skilled executives who can help them grow. As an angel investor and entrepreneur, as well as a consultant, Jones will share her expertise Wednesday at this year’s kickoff of Southwest Washington PubTalk. o What: Southwest Washington PubTalk, a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors, and other professionalso When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdayo Where: AHA!, 415 W Sixth St., Suite 605, Vancouvero Cost: $15 for member sof Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN); $25 for non-memberso Information: Advance registration through noon Wednesday is encouraged at http://www.SWWDC.orgJones, who heads Vancouver-based Jones Partners, said she’s eager to share her insights about building a supportive community culture for startup businesses. She’ll offer lessons from Pittsburgh, a city she’s come to know through her work with Vocollect, a developer and manufacturer of speech recognition software that has been one of her clients.When the steel industry that was the foundation of Pittsburgh’s economy was declining, the city’s business and political leaders were galvanized to support the emerging high-technology industry. The city now has a strong and vibrant technology sector that over time became a part of its economic strength and identity, Jones said.“What you have in Pittsburgh to this day is an informal structure of technologists,” Jones said. “They are very supportive of each other even if they’re competing.”Pittsburgh can offer Vancouver lessons on the importance of businesses’ cooperation in creating a strong, mutually supportive business climate. Vancouver’s emerging businesses should work to help each other, Jones believes. “Vancouver is reinventing itself, but at the end of the day it’s about building effective teams,” she said.last_img

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