Hinterland Empire in NE Portland is home to freshly brewed coffee and comfy t-shirts with graphics saying “Not a good corporate fit,” and “All roads lead nowhere.”  It’s a queer space and a socially conscious space. It’s living proof that no matter the niche, there is room for you at the table if you have something to say and community to build.

Trinia is a professional creative, coffee roaster, and owner of this small shop with an impactful reach. Marching to the beat of her own drum, Trinia’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed her to start, grow, and evolve a grassroots business that eludes corporate ties and ideologies to have a career that is authentic to her.

In this episode, we talk about creating community, collaborating for diversity, and growing where you are planted. Sprinkled throughout, listeners can hear insights as to what it is like to own a small business both the positives and negatives.