Making our industries and economy more inclusive is not just good social policy, it’s vital to the long-term economic success of our companies and our communities. Fostering a more equitable Portland will attract an increasingly diverse workforce who will see Portland as a place where everyone can succeed.
Equitable Food Economy Collaborative
Equitable Food Economy Collaborative Contact: Thalia Martinez, email or 503-823-4736 The Equitable Food Economy Collaborative is a partnership [...]
Shop Small PDX
In the midst of a public health & economic crisis, how and where you spend your money matters. Portland’s small businesses are the very soul of the city – and many of them, owned by People of Color, could use your business. They’re showcased at Shop Small PDX, where you’ll find inspiration and excitement in a full array of products, services, experiences and gift ideas.
Local Small Business Repair Grant
The Local Small Business Repair Grants use existing tax increment funding (TIF) resources and funding allocated by City Council to provide near-term support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Portland Small Business Relief Fund
City Council allocated $15 million in federal CARES Act relief to Prosper Portland to distribute to small business via the Small Business Relief Fund and block grants to community nonprofits.
Portland Means Progress
This initiative provides connections for businesses to hire local underrepresented students, purchase from businesses owned by people of color and create diverse and vibrant workforce and company cultures.
Inspiring Diversity Grant
The Inspiring Diversity Grant offers grant funding of up to $10,000 per traded-sector company to inspire creative equity-related best practices by employers around workforce, marketing and communications.
We want to ensure inclusive growth by supporting competitive industries that provide high-quality job opportunities and working to fill those jobs with people of color and low-income residents.
A&O Peer to Peer Program
This program designed for small and medium sized Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) product companies provides an effective learning forum.
An online platform that highlights entrepreneurs of color through storytelling and a comprehensive inventory.
Prosper Portland's work with the JLP Incubator is an example of the collaborations we seek to advance our goals for a more inclusive economy.
PropertyFit offers long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy-related building improvements.
Youth & Adult Workforce Partnerships
Prosper Portland's workforce partnerships create better access for Portlanders to connect to job training and opportunities.
Minority Evaluator Program
The Minority Evaluator Program is designed to ensure Portland’s diverse communities are represented on Prosper Portland’s evaluation committees for Requests For Proposals (RFPs).
Workforce Training & Hiring Program
Our goal is to ensure that Prosper Portland projects offer equal opportunity in employment and that those who have been historically underused in the construction trades have access to jobs through training programs.
Business Equity Program
Prosper Portland is committed to providing business opportunities for minority, women and emerging small businesses.
Tech Diversity Pledge
Increasing the hiring of women and communities of color in the tech industry is a challenge we're taking on collectively through TechTown Portland - a collaboration among our technology communities.
The Increase Project is a pilot program that provided minority-owned small businesses with tools for growth and expansion.
Startup PDX Challenge
The Startup PDX Challenge (2013-2015) focused on supporting entrepreneurs with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market.
Inclusive Business Resource Network
The Inclusive Business Resource Network (IBRN) is a citywide program that brings multiple services for small business into a single network for entrepreneurs.
Inclusive Startup Fund
The fund provides early-stage investment capital and mentoring to local high-growth companies founded by underrepresented groups across a variety of industries.