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Small Business

The Portland region’s small businesses are a critical part of the economy, drive the region’s entrepreneurial innovation and make up approximately 80 percent of the Alliance’s membership. The Portland Business Alliance works to enhance and improve the small business and entrepreneurial community in Portland by providing business education programs, opportunities for relationship building and offering access to resources to help small business owners thrive.

Interested in getting involved in the Alliance's small business programs?
Contact David Thompson by email or call 503.552.6757.

Free Advising to Small Businesses

The Portland Business Alliance and Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center offer advising to small business owners at no cost. The one-hour sessions are conducted by professional business advisors and can cover how to incorporate innovative hiring techniques or any other aspect of growing a healthy business. Advising is open to all small business owners, including both Alliance members and nonmembers, and is structured for businesses of all sizes – ranging from start-ups to established enterprises.
Find out how to make an appointment.

Small Business Management Scholarship Program

The Alliance and Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offer a unique program to aide established small businesses in developing to the next level. The scholarship is offered to 12 small businesses per year and consists of a one-year training course, conducted by the SBDC, designed to help the experienced business owner grow revenue and employees. Find out more about the program and how you can apply.

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Small Business Council

The Alliance’s Small Business Council (SBC) is a group of small business members who act in an advisory capacity to the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors. Exclusive to Alliance members, the SBC presents an organized voice on policy issues impacting small businesses.

City Business

The Alliance's Small Business Council, Venture Portland and the city of Portland's Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) have partnered to bring together passionate, committed leaders to communicate and promote small business with a combined voice. This program includes informational sessions about how the city’s government process works and where small business owners can weigh in on the issues that impact their business and the general business community.  For news about the next session, contact Alliance Membership Coordinator Rebecca McCulloch by email or call 503.552.6759.

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