We are pleased to introduce the Small Business Quarterly Report, which highlights the city’s recent work with small business. Portland is a city that is truly passionate about its small businesses. From new, software start-ups to multi-generational, family-run firms — small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy. Since last summer’s roll-out of the city’s economic development strategy and subsequent Small Business Town Hall, the city and the Portland Development Commission have worked actively to support the small business community and deliver on the goals outlined in the strategy.
The city has launched an integrated entrepreneurship effort to fuel innovation and new firm growth, a new Main Streets program to strengthen neighborhood business districts, and this website to keep you apprised of business developments and link you to citywide business resources. In addition, we continue to provide loan and grant support to small firms to help businesses grow and remain competitive.
In this inaugural edition of Small Business Quarterly we feature two fast growing small firms — Queen Bee and Bridgetown Natural Foods – both located in Portland neighborhoods. These firms exemplify Portland’s commitment to recycling and re-use as well as our passion for specialty foods. We hope you enjoy the Small Business Quarterly and look forward to keeping you up date on developments in the small business community.