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Issue: December 2016

Small business scholarship program takes entrepreneurs to next level

Twelve small businesses are taking advantage of scholarships recently awarded by the Alliance to participate in Portland Community College Small Business Development Center's Advanced Small Business Management Program. Thanks to support from Bank of America, these small businesses will complete a unique 10-month training program through the Small Business Development Center. The program covers topics such as employment, digital marketing, financial analysis and international trade, as well as one-on-one mentoring with registered business advisors. The scholarship also includes a two year Alliance membership.

Class of 2017:

Superior Tape and Label
Pips and Bounce
Hot Mama Salsa
AllSource Construction
Pan Pacific Lotus
Gaufre Gourmet/Gigi's Cafe
Precision Fiber
Anderson Krygier, Inc.
Rubbish Works
To The Point PDX

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Small business advising extended indefinitely

To continue supporting small business growth, the Portland Business Alliance has indefinitely extended its free small business advising sessions. The one-hour sessions with a professional business advisor can cover any aspect of growing a healthy business, such as hiring practices, financial management and other topics.

Advising is open to all small business owners, including both Alliance members and non-members, and is structured for businesses of all sizes. Sessions are offered every Tuesday by appointment only and located at the Alliance office. For more information and to sign up, please contact Rebecca McCulloch.

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New and upcoming policies may impact your small business

November 2016 General Election

The Alliance’s top priority in the November 2016 general election was defeating Measure 97. Oregon voters agreed that Measure 97 was a costly and damaging proposal, defeating the measure 59 to 40 percent. The Alliance will work with elected leaders and partner business organizations as conversations about next steps occur. The Alliance made endorsements in a number of local and state candidate races and ballot measures. In the 19 races and measures in which the Alliance took a position, 80 percent were aligned with voter outcomes. 

Alliance small business members made their voices heard by weighing in on local elections through the Small Business PAC. If you are interested in helping the Small Business PAC advocate on behalf of small business in Portland, please contact Rebecca McCulloch.

Read the full election results for Alliance endorsements.

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