Small Business Programs

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 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.

For questions, please contact:
David Thompson, Chief Operations Officer & General Counsel, 503-552-6757
Rebecca McCulloch, Membership Coordinator, 503-552-6759

Free small business advising

Make smarter decisions and grow your business with help from a professional business adviser.

The Alliance and Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offer advising to small business owners at no cost. The one-hour sessions are conducted by professional business advisers 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. Sessions will be offered every Tuesday by appointment only and located at the Alliance office, 200 SW Market St., Suite 150.

All small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity!

This program is made possible by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, intended to help small businesses develop innovative strategies to hire and train young workers in ways that are both good for business, and that reduce the unemployment hardships that disproportionately impact disadvantaged young people.
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Small Business Management Scholarship Program

The Alliance and Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers a unique program to help established small businesses move 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 owners increase revenue, improve operations and hire great employees.
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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.
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