Member Interview: ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria
This month we're excited to introduce you to Bryan Steelman, owner of BBPDX member company ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria.
More than a restaurant that provides delicious Mexican food, ¿Por Qué No? strives to support the local economy and community. From their website, that means anything from “using line caught fish and local meats for dishes that celebrate the flavor and essence of Mexico, or supporting local organizations and schools that focus on equity, education, health, immigration and social justice. We want to make Portland and the world a better place.”
Read on to hear from Bryan.
What is your company's elevator pitch?
“Por Qué No is a business that is focused on making Portland and Oregon a better place through offering healthy and delicious food, making decisions that benefit all employees, and supporting organizations that focus on equity and inclusion. The health and welfare of PQN employees has always been at the forefront of decisions for the business because we would be unable to take good care of our customers without taking care of everyone that works at PQN. These values extend out into our greater community by focusing on advocating and sponsoring organizations and schools in Portland that are doing amazing work with distinct goals of making Portland and Oregon a more inclusive and equitable place to live.”
Why did you join BBPDX?
"I joined BBPDX because I immediately felt that it was going to provide something very important to the business community; a voice for progressive thinking businesses that want Portland to become a leader in visioning and executing values that are looking out for the greater good of the whole city. I wanted to become part of a coalition of like-minded businesses that could provide a stronger voice for things I believe in, and BBPDX finally answered that desire. I am beyond grateful that BBPDX finally exists in the city of Portland.”
Which one of BBPDX's focus areas are most important to you and your company: transportation, affordable housing, equitable access to capital, or community building?
"All of the above. I suppose if I have to choose one of those focus areas it would be equitable access to capital because I would like to see more opportunities in this city for business ownership for women and entrepreneurs of color. This takes more equitable access to capital for sure, and it also takes changing hearts and minds to see that inclusion needs to be part of any and all decisions whether you are a lender, a landlord, a legislator, an employer or any other roles in our business community in Portland. I would also say that I am very grateful to see BBPDX helping its members engage in campaigns like No on Measure 105. By giving its members the opportunity to be involved in No on Measure 105, it shows that BBPDX is willing to fight for what is right and makes me feel a stronger bond to the organization.”
What is your vision for how Portland can be "better"?
“I believe that businesses can play a major role in making Portland better. As it becomes clearer that the success of the community at large creates success for businesses and their employees, then real change can begin to happen. BBPDX is creating a platform where that goal can become a reality.”
COO, ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria