98% of Portland’s 19,200 neighborhood businesses have 5 or fewer employees but provide more than 270,000 jobs. These small businesses create and keep more local … Keep Reading ››
Catalytic Investment Initiative
Venture Portland’s Catalytic Investment Initiative Grants provide critical catalytic funds to increase business association membership, volunteers and revenue. Potential projects could include a business seminar series, seasonal event (summer/holiday), marketing/promotion activities and/or a map or identity collateral. Eligible business associations must participate in a board strategy session, complete a 12-month work plan, Annual Check-up and Benchmarking Success to ensure the success of their grant activities.
Venture Portland will provide personalized technical assistance and a part-time (10 hours per week) staffer to assist eligible business associations with various activities including the grant application/evaluation process, grant project implementation, creating and maintaining a member database, implementing a membership campaign, member communication (canvassing, newsletters, email, etc) and district marketing/promotion.