Venture Portland Helps Neighborhood Businesses Meet All-user Restroom Conversion Challenge

The challenge is on! On April 7, Commissioner Nick Fish challenged Portland neighborhood businesses to convert 1,000 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms by Labor Day (9/4/17). The call to action comes on the heels of the City of Portland’s recent conversion of 600 city-controlled single-stall restrooms since June 2016.

To help neighborhood businesses rise to the challenge, Venture Portland teamed up with ADX, Central Eastside’s industrial makerspace, to produce custom-made, all-user restroom signs at a discounted rate (just $18 for the first 50 businesses to order). As the support system for Portland’s 50 neighborhood business districts and their 19,200 businesses, Venture Portland knows that the business of Portland is about more than just business. It’s about people, neighborhoods and culture – and a vision that celebrates the individualism and distinct flavor that makes Portland Portland.

Venture Portland’s Vice President and Owner of Red Castle Games, Matthew Micetic, joined Commissioner Fish in speaking at a kick-off event for the All-user Restroom Challenge at The Station on Alberta Street which has always had all-user restrooms. Micetic stated, “this small change is good for customers, which means it’s good for business,” and announced Venture Portland’s investment in making discounted signs available to interested businesses. Venture Portland and Red Castle Games both have all-user restrooms.

“The City of Portland successfully converted 600 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms. I am formally challenging the business community to meet us, and beat us,” said Commissioner Fish. “The goal is 1,000 private sector all-user restrooms in the next 150 days. The support so far from public spirited businesses has been overwhelming. I am confident the business community will exceed our expectations.” All-user restrooms ensure facilities are accessible to older adults, parents with young children, people with personal attendants and transgender people.

Other all-user restroom partners include AARP, Basic Rights Oregon, Business for a Better Portland, Elders in Action, Main Street Alliance, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, PHLUSH, Portland Area Business Association, Portland Business Alliance and Yelp – whose website now directs customers to all-user restrooms.

All-user restroom signs from ADX will be available on May 1 to kick off National Small Business Week. Businesses interested in purchasing a sign or signs should contact Venture Portland at info@ventureportland.org or 503.477.9648. 

For the latest updates on the All-user Restroom Challenge or to submit a photo of your business’s converted restroom visit portlandoregon.gov/alluserchallenge and follow Venture Portland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.