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The Fossil Cartel in the Media

The Fossil Cartel has been lucky to be featured in the media for over 25 years. Below are video clips, articles, and blogs that we’ve been featured in over the years. You can also see our latest press releases. We often have sales, holiday events, and community workshops.

It’s been a really great 30th anniversary year for us. With all of our celebrations, contests, special promotions, having Nicolas Cage shop in the store, and being on TV, we’ve had a lot of fun and got to connect more with all of you. I am so grateful to all our customers for appreciating the mineral and fossil kingdom as much as we do. Thank you for continuing to keep us in business all these years! May we all tread softly and treat Mother Earth kindly, so she may continue to provide a wondrous, bountiful, beautiful home for us all.

Here are the links for the two segments we were in on the show More Good Day Oregon:

Chloe Houser of PDX TV goes on a treasure hunt at The Fossil Cartel!

Latest Press Release From The Fossil Cartel


Meagan Hope
1010 Park Agency

The Fossil Cartel Named Finalist in RuleBreaker Awards

These Entrepreneurs Are Shaking Up the Business World

Portland, OR, July 5, 2015 – The Fossil Cartel has been named one of 19 finalists in the RuleBreaker awards. The unconventional awards program, sponsored by Sage North America, Nextiva and InfusionSoft, celebrates entrepreneurs who flout convention, forge their own paths and break all the rules.

The Fossil Cartel will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Sage Summit July 28 in New Orleans. One grand-prize winner will also be chosen from among the finalists at that time.

The complete list of finalists is:

Service Provider, Under $1M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Annabella Watson of RentBillow, “We create value for individuals by providing a platform through which they can rent unused assets to other individuals. We also create value for individuals that temporarily need assets and do not want to purchase them outright.

” Judges’ Choice: Christine Janssen, Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at Fordham University. “As an entrepreneurship educator in higher education, I pride myself on creating nontraditional classes. The only way you can learn to be an entrepreneur is by doing it.

” Service Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Veronica Schreibeis Smith of Vera Iconica Design,

Judges’ Choice: Alex Esposito of The Free Ride, “The Free Ride broke the rules by not charging riders. TFR uses electric vehicles to cut out the cost of fuel and works with sponsors to fund the service. By branding the exteriors of the cars, running video advertisements and offering product samples, the company creates a great marketing platform that also provides an eco-friendly service.

” Service Provider, Over $5M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Mike Agugliaro of Service Key,, which provides home services

Judges’ Choice: Douglas Jackson of Project C.U.R.E, Yearly, the medical industry produces tons of surplus supplies and equipment and ends up throwing them away. Jackson repurposes the excess medical supplies and equipment to save lives. Project CURE delivers 3 semi-truckloads a week to the poorest people in the world.

Technology Provider, Under $1M in Sales:

People’s and Judge’s Choice: Adrian Dayton of Clearview Social, social marketing software for lawyers

Technology Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales:

People’s and Judges’ Choice: Robert Needham of Collaborate USA,

Technology Provider, Over $5M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Matt Rissell of TSheets, “I’m forging the way for the next tech hub of rural America to combine top talent, quality of life and global domination. It’s involved raising the bar for customer service, going up against naysayers and pushing the limits.

Judges’ Choice: Manish Patel of Where2GetIt, “I was told that to raise money was the only way to survive this volatile game we call entrepreneurship. Instead, I focused on profit, growth and sustainability. Eighteen years later, we are one of the strongest players in this industry.

Retailers, Under $1M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Susan Landa of The Fossil Cartel, “I own and operate an independent, locally and minority (female) owned gem and mineral store in Portland, Ore. For 11 1/2 years, my store was located in a large downtown shopping mall where I competed with well-known international chain stores. I was able to hold my own even through the recession when I saw a lot of stores go under. This August we celebrate 26 years in business!

Judges’ Choice: Vaiana and Bill Attinger of Le Motto, “Le Motto broke almost every rule in fashion. We created a positive, meaningful brand and ignored the mainstream wisdom to be crude or vulgar. We take our inspirational messages directly to fashion lovers around the world through social media, releasing new styles weekly, not once per season.

Retailers, $1M-$5M in Sales:

People’s and Judges’ Choice: Nima Noori of Toronto Vaporizer, “We broke the rules by marketing vaporizers as gadgets for health-conscious connoisseurs, rather than as smoking paraphernalia.

Manufacturer, Under $1M in Sales:

People’s Choice: Kurt Shafer of Invisco,, a manufacturer of whole-house and variable-speed fans Judges’ Choice: Jeff Crabtree of Crabtree Brewing,, a microbrewing company

Manufacturer $1M-$5M in Sales:

People’s and Judges’ Choice: Craig Wolfe of CelebriDucks, “Everyone told us it was impossible to do small hand-painted rotational molded toys in the U.S. We knew that the rubber duck industry began in the USA in the 1800s before it went overseas. We decided to return the industry to America. We are now considered one of the top custom duck manufacturers in the world.

Others: Startup RuleBreaker: Beau D’Arcy of Breakwater Chicago, “Breakwater Chicago is breaking the rules of conventional vessel design to create an entertainment venue unique to Chicago: a national and international attraction bringing visitors to experience a world-class city in an unprecedented way.

Marketing RuleBreaker: Jack Goldenberg of Einstein, da Vinci & Goldenberg, “Under the auspices of my freelance marketing agency, Einstein, da Vinci & Goldenberg, I founded an organization, Sisterhood of the Pantsuit ( that empowers women and will help to elect the first female President of the United States in 2016.” “We’re proud to honor entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way,” said Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and a co-host of the RuleBreaker Awards.

“Choosing the finalists was a difficult decision,” said co-host Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan. “It was inspiring to discover so many entrepreneurs revolutionizing their industries.”

All of our Rulebreakers have one thing in common: They’re passionate about making a difference in business,” said co-host Barry Moltz, author of How to Get Unstuck. For more information about the contest, visit