Athletic & Outdoor

Contact: Sue Bal

Above: A&O companies Cultural Blends, House Dogge, Orox Leather Co. and KEEN

The Athletic & Outdoor (A&O) sector includes a wide array of consumer goods businesses, including apparel, footwear, bikes, gear, handmade goods and accessories.  The Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O businesses in the nation, from globally traded sportswear giants to recently launched small businesses.

The city of Portland has 7,435 jobs in the Athletic and Outdoor industry; that number rises to 21,748 when including the metro area headquarters of Columbia and Nike.

Concentration of A&O biz in nation
Jobs in Portland
Jobs in metro area

Prosper Portland Supports the Athletic & Outdoor Industry 

Prosper Portland has supported the A&O industry cluster since 2010 by working collaboratively with local companies and institutions to organize initiatives and events that further the growth of the industry. This support takes the form of:  

Are you an A&O business? Get involved! 

Prosper Portland provides connections to financial resources and networking opportunities that assist small to medium-sized business owners in growing their companies.