Each year Venture Portland makes toolkits available on a variety of topics including fundraising, membership and social media. Providing best practice models through helpful templates and informative case studies, Venture Portland ensures major organizational endeavors are a learning experience for our members. We encourage you to utilize these valuable resources when working with your business district and business.



Lights, camera, action! Venture Portland’s training videos are quick and to the point presentations on everything from grantwriting, membership and design. Getting ready to re-brand your district, launch a website, or release a map? Learn how to effectively work with a professional designer to ensure your project is successful.


Couldn’t make our last training or can’t find your handouts?  Don’t worry – we have you covered.  The toolkits below provide highlights and resources from our latest trainings.

Building Membership and Support

Looking to build your membership?  Venture Portland has broken down everything you need to know into two dynamic toolkits:  Defining and Delivering Value – covering the value proposition of joining a business association, Captivating Campaigns highlighted successful business district case studies and Tools of the Trade – offered information on the technical aspects of membership renewals and solicitation including managing campaigns, tracking and reporting.

Dr. Doctor – Give Me the News: Is Your Business District Healthy?

Is your business district in shape? Would your infrastructure receive a clean bill of health so you can provide the economic development services your business district needs to grow and thrive? Venture Portland’s Dr. Doctor Give Me the News toolkit provides a quick governance warm-up to help you focus on exercising your economic development muscles. Build your Business District Corporate Documents Binder to organize and safely keep everything you need to ensure continued nonprofit legal compliance including the Business District Annual Check-Up and Benchmarking Success to ensure your association and district’s good health.


Writing a grant?  Read Grantwriting 101 to sharpen your grantsmanship skills and gain helpful tips on proposal writing, project planning, budgeting and evaluation.

Hottest Ticket in Town

Are the holidays the happiest season of all in your district or does business say “Bah Humbug”? Are you keeping your shops and shoppers safe during the festivities? Venture Portland’s Hottest Ticket in Town – Harnessing the Holidays for a Successful and Safe Season provides strategies to ensure your storefront’s window displays work effectively with your social gatherings and festive lighting events to bring in the critical foot traffic and year-end sales you need for a happy new year.

Meet the Media

How do you pitch a story? What’s the difference between a news release and a media advisory?  Get your news covered!  Venture Portland’s Meet the Media toolkit offers best practices for media relations, a glossary of terms and a media list to help facilitate your media outreach efforts.

Officer Training Toolkits

Just been elected President or Vice President of a business district association? Polish your leadership skills with this President training toolkit.Ever wondered when you need a formal motion? Or how to provide a financial report to your business district? Learn the ins and outs of your legal responsibilities as a business district officer with this Secretaries and Treasurers training toolkit, or choose a Secretary/Treasurer specific toolkit to download.

Show Me the Money!

Looking for sponsorship dollars?  Venture Portland’s Show Me the Money! toolkit helps you unearth existing donor relationships and gain the proper planning tools you need to attain fundraising success.

Strategically Social

Want to increase your social media know-how?  Whether you are socially savvy or new to the social landscape, Venture Portland’s toolkits offer advice for beginners and experts to become strategically social.  Making Sense of Social Media gives an overview of today’s social media platforms. Using Facebook as Your Website offers an in-depth look at Facebook business pages. Building your Social Network provides strategy concepts to build a social network that benefits your bottom line. Venture Out Online gives tips on adding virtual curb appeal to all your online addresses. Extra! Extra! helps you generate great content and up your open rates for E-Newsletters. Say What? provides tips on crafting a compelling message for media interviews and public speaking tips. Content Control provides best practices for posting to engage your audience.

Case Studies

Venture Portland’s case studies document the organization’s large scale undertakings – offering best practices and advice for business districts and their members.


In addition to toolkits from past trainings, Venture Portland operations serve as models for business districts. Templates are available around board cultivation and orientation, internal controls, efficient meetings and policies.  Contact Venture Portland to request templates or discuss best practices.