2020 Impact Report & State of the AllianceThe Portland Business Alliance represents the largest, most diverse business network in the region. We represent nearly 1,900 members, located in 27 counties (OR/WA), 15 states and four countries. We offer a place for our members to connect and engage on issues impacting our community. The leadership of our members makes a difference that extends beyond the greater Portland region.
Welcomed new members, even during the COVID-19 outbreak
Record attendance at all our signature events
We diversified and expanded our board, which now has a waiting list.
Along with our affiliate partners at Partners in Diversity, we collaborated to secure a legislative win, helping pass Senate Bill 855 that gives professionals from other countries the opportunity to use their licensing and credentials here in Oregon.
Hosted four quarterly "Say Hey" events to record attendance.
Pivoted to offer Breakfast for Champions conversations online to hundreds at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through our leadership programs, we connected and engaged more than 120 emerging leaders just this year. Including 38 members of Leadership Portland, Class of 2020.
Hosted multiple networking and nonprofit benefit events for Emerging Professionals of Portland
Relaunched our Public Service Training program to help community members learn the tools needed to be better future elected or appointed officials
Released the first ever Regional Economic Toolkit which included the latest economic data points and a robust member-driven policy agenda
Released a new report on Housing Affordability in the region
Released a special report on Oregon's state of international trade with our program staff at Pacific Northwest International Trade Association
The cleaning teams at Central City Concern collectively picked up more than 2 million pounds of garbage in our downtown core.
Hosted a launch party for Downtown Portland's crow abatement program which attracted more than 100 people to watch as a falconer and his birds help naturally manage the hundreds of crow roosting in the central city.
Provided up-to-the-minute updates for the employer community in the days preceding and following Oregon's "Stay Home, Save Lives" executive order.
Hosted 7 COVID-19 Recovery Roundtables including Senators Wyden & Merkley, Governor Brown, The regional "tri" county chairs, and Portland Mayor Wheeler
More than 3500 people attended our online events & meetings hosted in the first 100 days of the outbreak.
When Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Hardesty asked for help to our hurting small business community to the bridge the moments prior to the arrival of federal aid, we responded with the Oregon Bankers Association and raised more than $1 million in matching funds to contribute to Portland's small business relief with a lens on equity.
We convened over 30 regional business associations to advance regional policy solutions for economic recovery.
We joined our state partners on statewide economic recovery and advocacy issues.
We secured changes for housing and permitting; delays in heavy vehicles taxes; delays in local 2019 tax payments; and removal of interest penalties or fees for quarterly payments to the business license tax and county business income tax.
We partnered with PBOT to create the business toolkit, which waives a $1,000 permit and allows free pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the city.
Learn more about our partners and programs:CHARITABLE INSTITUTE
Addressing critical needs for our region by conducting innovative research, and supporting programs like Partners in Diversity, the Nike School Innovation Fund and our Chair’s Scholarship.
DOWNTOWN PORTLAND CLEAN & SAFE
More than 30 years of providing enhanced services in Downtown Portland. Each year, property owners in the district invest more than $5 million in cleaning, security and wayfinding to keep downtown a vibrant place.
This annual program broadens the perspectives of business leaders on critical issues facing our region while giving back through community impact projects.
PUBLIC SERVICE TRAINING
A program designed for established and emerging community leaders who have a desire to serve on boards and commissions, or run for public office.
EMERGING PROFESSIONALS OF PORTLAND (EPOP)
Rated the top networking group for young professionals, EPOP offers programming focused on educational and professional development, as well as civic engagement and networking opportunities.
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
From educational programs and relationship building, to professional advising and scholarships, we offer support to help small businesses thrive.
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