Funding increases Venture Portland’s staffing to serve six Catalytic Investment Initiative (CII) districts, which include St. Johns, Williams, Foster, Lents, Gateway and Midway.
Venture Portland will also launch an Events Hub to help business districts and organizations with large-scale events. Services include event planning, vendor and resource connections, social media and sponsorship recommendations. Venture Portland will also work with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for road closures, traffic control, etc.
Downtown and Commercial Corridor Revitalization and Activation
Downtown and neighborhood commercial districts continue to struggle because of the pandemic. A team at Prosper Portland is working to revitalize and activate these areas in partnership with community and city bureau partners. Activations include small business popups and events that will transform plazas and vacant storefronts. This project will focus on supporting BIPOC-owned business and community-serving organizations.
Rapid Workforce Training & Employment Services
Prosper Portland is partnering with Worksystems to provide career training and work opportunities. These services are for Portlanders who are houseless, at risk of eviction or affected by increased violence or crime.
Career training programs are 12 weeks or less. Graduates who complete training are also connected to employment opportunities.
The Portland Small Business Hub is a free resource navigation & technical assistance program that provides support for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic located in the city of Portland.
The Hub is a collaboration between Prosper Portland and local service providers and offers culturally specific small business technical assistance and resource navigation. The Hub connects business owners to financial relief programs by facilitating referrals to one-on-one assistance in applying for loans, grants, and other funding opportunities. Services are available in different languages.
Services for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic include:
Navigation to business resources
One-on-one support to complete grant or loan applications for relief programs
Cultural and industry-specific technical assistance
Technical assistance via language translation and interpretation services
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.
On March 18, 2020 Portland City Council approved the allocation of $1 million in general fund dollars for relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program served as a bridge of support for Portland small businesses until state and federal disaster resources became available.
Enforcing the face covering policy required by state law protects the well-being of your customers and your own personal safety while at work. Here are some tips and helpful information for communicating with customers who do not comply with the law.
Prosper Portland is committed to helping Portland’s small businesses open with care under the guidance of State of Oregon and County requirements. Read on for resources for small businesses and nonprofits planning for the phased reopening.
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.