Alliance celebrates record membership, announces black economic prosperity efforts and reflects on strengthened partnerships at 2021 Annual Meeting



Alliance celebrates record membership, announces black economic prosperity efforts and reflects on strengthened partnerships at 2021 Annual Meeting

PORTLAND, OR - Today, hundreds of business and civic leaders, gathered to recognize the important partnerships formed after a challenging year at our 2021 Annual Meeting, presented by U.S. Bank.  

This hybrid event, hosted via livestream with a small live gathering at McMenamin's Edgefield, honored volunteers and community leaders who were instrumental in helping our region address the challenges and essential work to welcome back a new way of doing business in our region.  

"Despite the challenges, I am pleased to announce we welcomed 536 new members this year, many who are small, family-owned businesses located in east Multnomah County," said Andrew Hoan, President & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. 

The Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce, now represents more than 2,000 members, from 27 counties, 13 states and virtually every industry, with more than 80-percent of members small businesses. 

At today’s event the Alliance also announced the year-long incubation and creation of a Black Economic Prosperity program, led by the Alliance’s Black board members and in partnership with the Oregon chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC-OR) and several public agencies including Prosper Portland, Multnomah County, and the state legislature’s BIPOC caucus. This partnership has led to the funding of and recruitment of a new role to create a data-driven strategic direction for furthering Black Economic Prosperity in our region. The national search for this new role is being managed by Motus Recruiting. More details about the recruitment effort can be found here.

Traditionally the largest business gathering in the region, today’s event highlighted the Alliance's work to bring businesses together to defend democracy and reject political violence with a special keynote conversation between Margaret Huang, President & CEO with Southern Poverty Law Center and Eric Ward, Executive Director of Western State Center, moderated by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. 

This year we provided special recognition and honors to community leaders who made an extraordinary difference in our community this year. 
  • 2021 William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award: Rep. Janelle Bynum, OR-District-51  
  • 2021 Volunteer: SOLVE Oregon & CEO Kris Carico 
  • 2021 Volunteer: Michael Liu, CFO, Fubonn Shopping Center 
  • 2021 Volunteer: Peter Andrews, Executive Vice President, Melvin Mark Companies 
  • President's Award: Vanessa Sturgeon, CEO, TMT Development 
About the William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award
Since 1985, the Alliance has given an annual service award to someone who has performed exceptional leadership and service in bettering the community. The award was renamed in the mid-1990s in honor of the late Bill Naito, whose work over a lifetime exemplified the values that the Alliance is recognizes and values – community service, philanthropy, and leadership. 

The Executive Committee of the Alliance and Board voted unanimously to honor Rep. Janelle Bynum this year for her advocacy efforts and policy approach to police reform and economic prosperity.  

Special thanks to our supporters of the 2021 Annual Meeting, presented by U.S. Bank; including Oregon State University, in partnership with the OSU Foundation, Comcast, NW Natural, Oregonian Media Group, Pacific Power, Brown & Brown Insurance, Greater Portland, Inc., Alaska Airlines and all of our event supporters.

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The Portland Business Alliance (the Alliance) is greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce and represents the largest, most diverse network of businesses in the region. The Alliance advocates for business at all levels of government to support commerce, community health, and the region’s overall prosperity. Our mission is to create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the greater Portland and SW Washington region. Our vision is a healthy and resilient business ecosystem.