Philip Graham’s hobby was building microphones and amplifiers in his basement for his musician daughter Malachi. When he learned that there was a need for microphones that would give acoustic musicians studio quality sound in live performance, he started doing some research. He started “digging around in the bins of hardware stores” to find simple metalwork parts that he could use for a prototype. Malachi became his in-house tester as he started designing and building the unique, hand crafted microphones that were to become the signatures of Ear Trumpet Lab. etl_26 His inspiration is a callback to 1930s and 40s industrial design; he puts his own spin into it by mixing metals (copper, brass, bronze) in simple, clean design. His goal was to create the highest possible quality microphone in a stylish, modernized “retro” body. What he discovered was that he had created something quite unique in the music industry: “I ended up with something that no one else was designing for.” etl_18 In the workshop, Graham and his small staff assemble the different microphone components in batches, ready on-hand to more quickly and efficiently be able to supply the ever-growing demand their entirely handmade product: even the individual circuit boards are assembled by hand. “In a way, every piece is a custom piece,” says Graham. etl_10 In addition to their standard microphones, they also do custom designs. “It is part of the brand of a hand-build shop to be willing to work with musicians directly to solve specific problems.” Most custom work is aesthetic (special patinas, etchings, other personalizing touches), but sometimes there are special acoustic challenges to solve. Graham likes these challenges, and sometimes it leads to new ideas for their own products. The business has steadily grown, and they now sell microphones both nationally and internationally. Their marketing comes mostly from the musicians themselves who are using their products; bluegrass bands especially, have followings that include a large percentage of other musicians, Graham says they can track the touring schedule of one of their biggest supporters – Foghorn String Band – simply by noting where new orders for microphones come from. etl_04 The biggest challenge is being able to scale up in a measured, manageable way, with a shop of craftspeople comfortable and adept at all phases of the process. “It’s cool to be able to provide jobs for people by them doing interesting, creative things and at the same time making a decent living. To learn more, and to see their microphones in action: www.eartrumpetlabs.com https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM3fBKinA1BVcuhuQomEUhDJjgdL1dliM

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More and more consumers are valuing independently made, locally sourced goods. Let customers know you are Portland Made by branding your website and product packaging.

 

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GROWTH MEMBERSHIP

Designed for more established businesses who want their products seen and their story told, our Growth Membership offers the greatest online exposure, including products, related content, and links directing consumers back to your website. Showcase your products in our online Shop, include your photo in our Featured Maker Gallery, and add your logo to our Brand Gallery. Your Featured Bio tells your story, has a slider of your brand images, and highlights any related blog posts and products you may have on PortlandMade.com. Share your news, events, and product releases in our blog, newsletter and social media channels.

STARTUP MEMBERSHIP

Our Startup Membership includes a one on one session to check in about your business and get some free feedback to remove obstacles and/or develop your business. It includes your logo in our Brand Gallery, as well as your brand’s Bio Page, where others can see a brief overview of your business, and a link to your website, Etsy shop or Instagram account. Looking to show off your products or for added services? See our Growth Membership, and/or optional add-on services.

IDEA MEMBERSHIP

It all starts with an idea. This stage of membership is designed for those who have an inkling for what they want to do, but may be hazy on the details. Maybe you want to connect with other makers, or you need product photos or a business consultation to help get you to the next level.

Brand Bio

When visitors click on your logo in the Brand Gallery they are taken to your Brand Bio page. This page includes your logo, a product photo, brand story, and link back to your website or shop page.

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Maker Meetup

This monthly, one-of-a kind networking event is FREE for members; $15 for non-members. Crafted to be the most useful hour and half a maker can spend on their business each month, this event aims to: expose makers to new workshops, connect makers with each other, and learn from experts.

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Connect with talented professional service providers and subcontractors, offering the range of services small businesses need to thrive. Our online Resources page highlights those we recommend and trust.

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Add your logo to the collective’s Brand Gallery. Visitors can peruse brands by category, and click to see your Brand Bio page (for Startup tier), or Featured Bio page (Growth tier).

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Featured Brand Bio

For makers looking for greater exposure, your Featured Brand Bio includes your logo, a slider of images, your brand story, and link back to your website or online shop. As well, this featured page showcases products you have in Portland Made’s online Shop and any related Journal posts you may have on our site.

Visitors can navigate to your Featured Bio from the Brand Gallery and, for those with a professional photo included in Featured Makers, from this gallery as well.

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Broadcast your news, product releases, upcoming events, job openings and more, across Portland Made’s website and social media outlets. Share news content with Portland Made’s consumer audience and maker communities.

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Your Products in our online Shop

Showcase your goods in Portland Made’s online Shop. Visitors can see your product/s and description on the Shop page, and are directed to your personal website. Your product detail page is great for added SEO and as well directs visitors to your personal site.

Inclusion in Featured Makers

Add your maker photo to our Featured Makers gallery. The most prominent page in the Discovery menu, this gallery highlights you as a Portland maker, shows your business name when hovering on your photo, and clicks through to your Featured Bio page where visitors can get an in depth look at your business and visit your personal website.

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Complimentary Business Consultation

Meet for a one on one business consultation to assess the health of your business and identify areas for improvement. 

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Preferred Creator Market Vendor

We’ve teamed up with WeWork to produce Creator Market, a semi-annual event hosted in their beautiful westside location. All Growth members can apply first (no application fee), and if you get accepted you vend for free as well.

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Product Detail page

Show off your goods! This page is where consumers can see your goods in more detail. It includes a photo, description, and prominent link to your site where they can buy directly from you.

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