Small Business Portland Podcast

Small Business Portland features interviews with business district experts, small business owners and local leaders to discuss the state of small business in Portland. Join host Joy Church as she explores issues affecting Portland's 50 neighborhood business districts and the small business owners that make them unique.

Episode 5: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Listeners get to hear from the passionate powerhouse that is Sarah Shaoul of PDX SOS and Bricks Need Mortar. Sarah and host Joy Church talk about the impact of the latest shutdown on small businesses and the broader impact on housing prices and neighborhoods. Sarah shares ways for consumers to support small business through PDX SOS and by taking the #PortlandPledge.

Episode 4: Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Store

The Small Business Portland podcast talks with a real Portland treasure, Christine Longmuir, owner of Two Rivers Books. Listeners will hear how Christine and her business partner, Fuschia Troutman of Weird Sisters Yarn, have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic; building an even stronger community through an increased number and type of virtual events, offering local delivery, donating to local charitable organizations, providing truly exceptional customer service, and showcasing BIPOC-owned businesses in the Portland area. Christine shares how she started in the book business and talks holiday strategy with us, too. Please give this a listen and share your feedback!

Episode 3: “The Holidays” Start in October

Joy is joined by Bridgid Blackburn of Cargo, Jeff Lynott of the Foster Area Business Association and Liz Smith of the St. Johns Boosters to discuss preparation for the upcoming Holiday Season- starting with Halloween.

Episode 2: What’s Going Down in Old Town?

Joy is joined by Helen Ying, Chair of the Old Town Community Association, and Jessie Burke, owner of the Society Hotel and OTCA Board Member, to discuss the situation in Old Town during the pandemic, street demonstrations, housing crises and more.

Episode 1 – Social Media During a Pandemic

Joy is joined by district organizers Calvin Hoff and Deborah Rochford to discuss the importance of and strategy for small business social media in interesting times.