Portland Pilot Project

Now in its second year and expanded into North Portland, the Portland Pilot Project is a catalytic project designed to respond to the disparity among Portland’s business associations. Participating Pilot Project districts possess a unique demographic and economic profile, business district size, built form and lack of infrastructure pose unique and significant challenges. As a result, participating neighborhood business district associations require targeted support, creative metrics and innovative strategies to ensure small business, and business association, success.


Venture Portland’s Portland Pilot Project 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 and attend Quarterly Quadrant Conversations 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.

Quarterly Quadrant Conversations

Quarterly Quadrant Conversations (Quad Talks) gather leaders of the nine Portland Pilot Project business districts to strengthen their district’s identity and help neighborhood businesses thrive. For more information and to RSVP, click here.