Fee-For-Service

Venture Portland's Fee-For-Service Programs are low-cost options for a variety of business district services from Venture Portland's talented staff. Programs focus on Strong Membership, District Identity and Strong Business District Associations. Need something that’s not on this list? Contact Venture Portland at training@ventureportland.org
Services and rates effective as of September 1, 2020.

Annual Check-up

This service is designed to help business districts implement best practices around infrastructure, membership and finances. Like going to the doctor for an annual physical, Venture Portland encourages business districts to complete the Check-up each year. Venture Portland staff will walk you through the process and recommend steps to strengthen your association.

We provide:

  • Annual Check-up Tool
  • 1 hour of consulting
  • A follow-up report with our recommendations

You provide:

  • A 1 hour meeting with your officers

Cost: $340                       Member Cost: $250

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


DEI Assessment

Having a board and membership that reflects the diversity of your district is critically important. Venture Portland will analyze the demographic makeup and business mix of your district and develop a strategy for your district to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table.

We provide:

  • District data
  • 1 hour of consulting
  • A follow-up report with our recommendations

You provide:

  • A 1 hour meeting with your officers

Cost: $480                       Member Cost: $360

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Membership Strategy

Expand your membership! Venture Portland will assess your district’s current membership and recommend strategies to increase and diversify your membership and target the greatest growth opportunities (max 5 hours).

We provide:

  • Analysis of district business demographics and how your membership compares
  • Recommendations for targeting membership by business mix, location in district, size, ownership, etc.

You Provide:

  • Current member list and as much information on business type, size, ownership, etc. as available
  • Current benefits list
  • Timeline and project coordinator
  • Time at board meeting to present recommendations

Cost: $480                        Member Cost: $360

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Membership Packet

A professional and well-designed membership packet is critical to the success of your membership campaign. Venture Portland will create the collateral that puts your association’s best foot forward (max 10 hours).

We provide:

  • Solicitation letter, year in review, benefits description and membership form
  • Material consistent with your brand and voice
  • First draft and one round of changes

You Provide:

  • Information on current benefits, activities, dues and accomplishments
  • Current brand and guidelines
  • Printing, assembling and mailing
  • Timeline and project coordinator

Cost: $950                        Member Cost: $720

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour


Design

Add professional punch to your collateral. Venture Portland will design a poster, flyer or event logo. Due to scope and complexity we will not design complex pieces such as maps, websites, or other complex projects (we can provide referrals for these).

We Provide:

  • Design Services (one first draft and one round of changes)

You Provide:

  • Minimum 2 weeks’ notice
  • Current brand (logos, color palettes, fonts, taglines, guidelines, voice, etc.)
  • Copy, artwork and high-resolution images
  • Design parameters (size, number of colors, etc.)
  • Timeline and project coordinator
  • Printing costs

Poster creation (max 5 hours):

Cost: $480                        Member Cost: $360

Map/passport update (max 10 hours):

Cost: $950                        Member Cost: $720

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Board Orientation

Get your board off to the best possible start. Venture Portland will orient your board to your district, the board and the expectations of being a board member. Your board will function as a strong team with a clear purpose (max 10 hours).

We Provide:

  • Board binders
  • Review of legal responsibilities of board members
  • Facilitation of board orientation (ideally at first meeting of new board)

You Provide:

  • Board materials and organizational documents
  • Timeline and project manager
  • Secure time, location, dates and communication with board and ensure attendance

Cost: $950                        Member Cost: $720

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Bylaws and Policies

Bring your bylaws, policies and Articles of Incorporation into compliance and protect your organization and your board! Venture Portland will update your bylaws and policies, review them with your board and facilitate the adoption process (max 12 hours).

** NOTE: Venture Portland will always provide our members with sample bylaws and policies for you to adopt on your own for free. With this service, we’ll draft them for you, make them fit your district and facilitate the approval process.

We Provide:

  • Recommended bylaws, policies and restated Articles of Incorporation vetted by Venture Portland’s corporate attorney
  • Policies include Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Conflict of Interest, Confidentiality/Code of Conduct, Document Retention/Destruction and Whistleblower
  • Presentation at a board meeting for consideration
  • Facilitation of voting on adoption at subsequent meeting (either board and/or member meeting depending on current bylaws)

You Provide:

  • Current or most recent bylaws
  • Time at two consecutive board and/or member meetings (depending on current bylaws): 30-40 to review, 20-30 to adopt
  • Ensure quorum
  • $50 fee to State of Oregon if Articles of Incorporation must be restated

Cost: $1,120                      Member Cost: $880

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Strategy Summit

Create a plan to move your association to the next level! Venture Portland will facilitate a strategy summit to identify major priorities for the next 1-5 years and craft a plan to help you grow over time (max 15 hours).

We provide:

  • Facilitation of a strategic planning retreat with board and staff (if applicable)
  • Identification of major strategic priorities for board consideration

You Provide:

  • Information about current plans, priorities and culture
  • Research (member survey results, membership/programming trends, past plans, etc.)
  • Meeting with President, Delegate and/or Executive Committee at beginning of process
  • Timeline and project coordinator
  • 1-2 extended meetings of board totaling at least 4 hours (format can vary)

Cost: $1,400                        Member Cost: $1,080

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Staffing Recruitment

Hiring a staffer? Venture Portland will manage the hiring process to find the best person for your district (max 20 hours).

We provide:

  • Job description/scope of work
  • Posting and advertising the position
  • Application review and facilitation of the interview process
  • Reference checks

You Provide:

  • Meeting to set priorities for work and qualifications
  • Compensation for employee/contractor
  • Timeline and project coordinator
  • Advertising and interview costs
  • Participation in application review and/or interviews
  • Final hiring decision and compensation negotiation
  • Act as employer/contractor of record

Cost: $1,875                    Member Cost: $1,440

If additional hours are needed, members will be charged $75 per hour. Non-members will be charged an additional $95.00 per hour.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Get your business or district noticed with sponsorship opportunities! Venture Portland sends out a weekly press release, a weekly “Friday email”, and we have a monthly Small Business Portland podcast. Now that we’ve moved to virtual trainings, attendance is higher than ever before and people can access the webinars via our youtube channel at their convenience. We have launched a “Just Ask Joy” segment on our website, too. Each of these offers a chance for you to advertise your association and/or your business by sponsoring any or all of the above!

Learn more about Sponsorship


Questions? Contact Venture Portland at 503.477.9648 or training@ventureportland.org today!