Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announces Small Business Committee

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announces Small Business Committee

Committee of diverse business owners will give voice to Portland’s small business community.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announces the creation of a Small Business Committee, a team of small business owners throughout the city, to help inform policy and direction to keep Portland thriving and our regional economy strong.

The committee, comprised of eight members and two co-chairs, includes businesses located in all five quadrants of Portland.

“As a former small business owner, there is much the city can learn from the hard-working families who run Portland’s small businesses. From café’s to hardware stores, I promised small businesses they would have a voice at city hall,” said Commissioner Hardesty. “I want to hear directly from them on what matters most and what we can work on together that will sustain the health and well-being of our city.”

The committee will meet quarterly and conduct public listening sessions for small businesses throughout the year. Committee members were recommended based on their roles as business owners and operators from across Portland (name, business, location, industry):

Small Business Committee members include:

  • Dave Chown, Chown Hardware, Nob Hill (NW Portland), Construction, Hardware, Wholesale & Event Space

  • Peter Emerson, Bipartisan Café, Montavilla Neighborhood (SE Portland), Restaurant

  • Andy Frazier, Frazier Wealth Management, Beaumont Neighborhood, (NE Portland), Financial Services

  • Dana Highfill, Float North, NE Broadway Business District (NE Portland), Health & Wellness

  • Steven Lien, underU4men, Downtown Portland (SW Portland), Retail

  • Rosa Martinez, Professional Minority Group Asbestos Abatement Contractor, Contractor Services

  • Rosalind McCallard, Snackrilege, North Portland, Wholesale

  • Marci Pelletier, Shwop, Sellwood Neighborhood (SE Portland), Retail

Two chairs will serve temporarily in setting up protocols and process for this group, then step down to allow space for respective members to lead. Co-chairs include:

  • Andrew Hoan, president  and CEO, Portland Business Alliance

  • Iris Hodge, Oregon State Lead, Main Street Alliance

"Main Street Alliance applauds Commissioner Hardesty for bringing together the voices of real small business owners to help her make informed policy decisions,” said committee co-chair Iris Hodge, Oregon State Lead, Main Street Alliance. “This collaboration is a step in the right direction for making City Hall a more inclusive space for small business owners and working families in Portland to participate in our local government.”

“Hearing directly from the families who open their doors for business every day, allows Commissioner Hardesty and her peers, real-time perspective on what’s happening for Portland’s small business community and what we can all work together on to keep our city an affordable and friendly place to do business,” said co-chair Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of Portland Business Alliance.