Another California startup moves to Portland, plans hiring spree

GuideSpark, a human-resources firm, wants to hire more than 200 employees.

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GuideSpark, a startup from Menlo Park, Calif., wants to hire more than 200 employees for a Portland office.

The firm produces videos to aid human-resource professionals.

“After an exhaustive search, we chose to set up business in Portland, a thriving city that met all of our criteria: an educated, innovative and technology-savvy workforce, combined with a stable and attractive business environment,” GuideSpark CEO Keith Kitani said in a news release. “We look forward to our continued expansion in Oregon.”

GuideSpark will set up a temporary office in the Pearl District’s CNTRL Office co-working hub while a new office is built out in Southwest Portland, scheduled to open in 2016. The company says it plans to hire 230 workers in Portland within three years. It will receive a conditional $400,000 loan from the state of Oregon, requiring it to hire at least 200.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

The company will receive a $400,000 loan from the state in return for adding jobs.

“Our goal is to recruit companies that fit with the industries that already call Oregon home, and GuideSpark’s presence will make our tech industry even stronger,” wrote Vince Porter, interim director of Business Oregon, the state economic development branch. 

A handful of other agencies — including the Portland Development Commission — also helped attract GuideSpark to Portland. 


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