Portland Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Portland as a leading authority on self-employment and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland Hotel on NE Multnomah Street, the Oregon Convention Center on NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, the Econo Lodge Convention Center on North Broadway or some other convention space in Portland, Oregon, Patrick will deliver the excitement and buzz you’re looking for. As a motivational keynote speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, energized and excited to improve their businesses.

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Portland has many conference facilities, including:

  • Oregon Convention Center on North East Luther King Jr Boulevard
  • Courtyard Portland Downtown Convention Center on North East Wasco Street
  • Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront on South West Naito Parkway
  • Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront on South West Naito Parkway
  • Hilton Portland & Executive Tower on South West Sixth Avenue
  • Other meeting spaces in Vancouver, Milwaukie and Happy Valley


General Information about Portland, Oregon, for Meeting Planners

The “Rose City”, Portland is the 29th most populous city in the United States with a population of 583,776 in 2010. Strategically located at the northern tip of the Willamette Valley in US state of Oregon, Portland is well known to be a very “green” city. Its position as 42nd worldwide in quality of living and its geographic location attracts many companies to open regional offices including Nike, U.S. Bank, Adidas, Integra Telecom and PacifiCorp. Within the city, business visitors have several conference facilities at their disposal, including the Oregon Convention Center and the World Forestry Center. Portland hosted the GTOAA International Convention in 2011. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Portland, Oregon

Dozens of business conferences will be taking place in Portland in 2014. Engaged Leadership Summit will be hosting the Engaged Leadership Summit Portland in January at the Multnomah Athletic Club on South West Salmon Street. The Oregon Convention Center on North East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard will play host to the Oregon Wine Symposium, being organized by the Oregon Wine Board, in February. BESThq’s Business Expo West 2014 will be hosted by BESThq by Probity Builders in April at Tektronix Inc on South West Terman Road. Hotel Monaco Portland, on South West Washington Street, will play host to the LEAP Ahead eLearning Conference, being organized by BlueVolt in June.

2013 Business Conferences in Portland, Oregon

Portland will be home to grand conferences during 2013. Some of the larger conferences taking place in Portland include the GOSH Conference by Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in March. Additionally, the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) is hosting its ‘Inspiration Station’ at Shilo Inn Suites Hotel in May. Also, the 49th Making Cities Livable International Conference, ‘True Urbanism: Planning Healthy Communities for All’ will be held at the Governor Hotel in May. Furthermore, the 27th International Montessori Congress ‘Guided by Nature’ hosted by Oregon Montessori Association will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in July.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Portland

Portland Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Oregon aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Washington Street Club meets at The Morgan Building on South West Washington (Wednesday at 7:05 AM), Essayons Club meets at Robert Duncan Plaza Building on South West First Avenue (Thursday at 11:45 AM), Fortunate 500 Club meets at Fred Meyer on North West 20th Place (Tuesday at 6:00 PM) and Suite Talkers Toastmasters meets at 1600 Pioneer Tower on Southwest 5th Avenue (Friday at 12:00 PM).

Portland Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Enjoy some of the local fare while on a business conference in Portland at popular restaurants like Duckfat, Maine Dining Room, Fore Street, and Bibo’s Mad Apple Café. Duckfat (Phone: 207-774-8080) on Middle Street is a fast food eatery known for its duck confit salad and greasy fries crisped in duck fat. Maine Dining Room (Phone: 207-865-1085) on Main Street in Freeport is an upscale restaurant which serves roasted vegetables, pan-seared halibut with polenta and chocolate soufflé. Fore Street (Phone: 207-775-2717) has a brick-and-pine dining room and open kitchen where Chef Sam Hayward works grilling and roasting wonders. Bibo’s Mad Apple Café (Phone: 207-774-9698) exudes uniqueness brought about by the eclectic interiors and creative fusions like vegetarian pad Thai and grilled shrimp dishes.

Portland Attractions for Conference Delegates

If you have a chance to visit Portland for a business conference, visit the Washington Park, the Columbia River Gorge, the Forest Park, and the Portland Art Museum while you’re there. Not too far from the city center is Washington Park that has exquisite landscaped gardens including a Japanese garden and a large zoo. Take a breathtaking stroll across the Columbia River Gorge in Portland across 1243 miles of canyons that lie between the states of Washington and Oregon. Enjoy the hiking trails in the largest forests in the county at the Forest Park. And don’t forget to visit the 1892 Portland Art Museum in Portland with 40,000 works of art and history.

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