Tonkon Torp attorney Owen Blank was a featured panelist at the 30th Annual Trade Show and Luncheon of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME). Held on May 10 in Portland, the event honored three decades of partnerships that OAME has helped to cultivate.
Owen was invited to join the luncheon panel as one of OAME’s earliest supporters. He and the other panelists shared memories from the early founding years of OAME. Owen began working with OAME in in the late 1980s to promote its mission of helping businesses owned by women and minorities. Through a program Owen facilitated in 1990, Tonkon Torp provided legal and business advice for several women- and minority-owned businesses at no cost. In 1992, as Chair of what is today the Portland Business Alliance, Owen helped to establish a formal partnership between the two organizations that endures to this day.
Today, the Association provides its 850 members with technical assistance and business counseling, access to capital, contracting opportunities, incubator office spaces, and networking to promote business growth.
Owen has over 40 years of experience in business, commercial, real estate, and corporate matters. His practice is focused on working with corporate, family-owned, and nonprofit organizations on a range of business, real estate, and commercial matters.