Nominations are Open for the Inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards

The Age-Friendly Business Awards Program is a project of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County collaborative, presented by Elders in Action and Venture Portland. This new recognition program, launched during Small Business Week, consists of two different awards for Portland businesses and organizations

  • The Age-Friendly Business Award will be presented to businesses with commitment and demonstrated business practices that best serve older adults in Portland.
  • The Age-Smart Employer Award will recognize businesses with policies and practices that benefit older workers.

Both awards will be given in three categories determined by business size.

Award winners will be celebrated at a breakfast ceremony at Portland City Hall on October 31, 2018, followed by recognition at the Portland City Council meeting that day. “Older generations bring wisdom, talent and capacity that we can harness to strengthen our community,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “I believe that age-friendly cities will be more desirable, successful, and economically viable than those that are not. By working across generations, we can develop solutions that are beneficial to people of all ages.”

It is no secret our population is aging. While this demographic shift brings challenges to the way we run our cities, businesses, and organizations, it is also a boon to our economy and our social fabric. “Older adults have tremendous economic and social capital,” said Barbara Bernstein, Executive Director of Elders in Action. “We want to highlight the value of older workers and tip our collective hats to those businesses that welcome adults of all ages.”

Applications will be accepted between April 29 and July 31!

If you have any questions, please contact Shānna Pittman-Frank (Elders in Action): or 503-317-4408.