“Kent Lewis remembers the moment distinctly. He was at a conference on search engine marketing last May when he approached Danny Sullivan — the godfather of the industry — and asked him about attending a similar event in Portland. The reaction: Port-where?

“People assume Portland is small,” said Lewis, president of Anvil Media Inc. “We’re in the Northwest. We fish. It rains. We couldn’t possibly be industry leaders. They forget about Intel and Nike. They see this little town with one skyscraper.”

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