Show Some Love to Neighborhood Businesses This Valentines Day

Love is in the air Portland! Neighborhood businesses show love for their communities all year long. They provide more local jobs for our neighbors and donate to local causes at more than twice the rate of national chains. Last May, business owners in Gateway removed 800 pounds of garbage and cleaned up graffiti on dozens of buildings in East Portland during the Gateway Spring Clean-up. In September, Kenton’s inaugural ‘Tall Paul’ Celebration raised $80,000 to fix the district’s iconic Paul Bunyan statue and neighborhood businesses in Woodstock raised more than $10,000 in only four hours for various charities during Woodstock Gives Back. For Halloween, Multnomah Village businesses provided a safe place for 2,000 kids to collect candy and coupons during the family-friendly Halloween in the Village event. During the holidays, Williams District businesses made the season merry and bright by raising $2,700 for district charities and students in need during the first-ever ‘Williams Giving’ campaign.

Now it’s your turn. With Valentines Day around the corner, it is the perfect time to show some love to neighborhood businesses while you shop for the perfect gifts for your special someone. Whether you are looking for flowers (198 million roses were produced for Valentine’s Day 2017), sweet treats, heartfelt cards (180 million cards are expected to be exchanged) or a romantic night out, neighborhood businesses have everything you need to celebrate love. With the average American expected to spend $143 on Valentine’s Day this year, the holiday will contribute more than $19 billion to the national economy. Whatever your budget, shop and dine at neighborhood businesses – for every dollar you spend at a local business, $.70 stays in Portland’s local economy. Now that’s a lot of love!

If you want to show even more love for neighborhood businesses, update your Facebook cover photo with Venture Portland’s Portland Loves Small Business banner or tell us why your favorite local businesses make you feel warm and fuzzy on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #pdxLOVESsmallbiz.