TEDxConcordiaUPortland - Polly Bangs & Tres Shannon - "Social Entrepreneurship & Community Outreach"





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Published on Jun 14, 2011

Polly Bangs, Urban Opportunities Program Manager

Ms. Bangs has worked with youth since 2002, and has been the founder and Program Manager of Urban Opportunities since 2007. Ms. Bangs previously owned her own restaurant in North Portland, Pasta Bangs, at which she created job opportunities for at-risk youth and developed the concept for Urban Opportunities. Ms. Bangs' entrepreneurial spirit and business connections have provided at-risk youth in Portland access to real jobs. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Portland State University, six years of experience as a supervisor, and five years' experience as a local business owner.

Tres Shannon, founder of Voodoo Doughnuts

Tres grew up in Colorado and moved to Portland in 1984. He opened an all-ages Rock Club, The X-Ray Café from 1990-1994 in downtown Portland. He booked bands at Berbati's from 1994-2000 and opened Voodoo Doughnut in 2003. Voodoo Doughnut currently has two stores in Portland and one store in Eugene. Tres is currently the front man for the Kareoke From Hell Band and The Miss You's. . Portland's premier Rolling Stones Cover Band.

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