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Small Business Programs

Supporting Portland’s small business entrepreneurs

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

Small businesses are a critical part of the metro economy, providing employment and economic empowerment for thousands of people, while fueling innovation across the region.

To support Portland’s small business entrepreneurs, the Chamber provides business education, resources, opportunities for relationship building–everything you need to turn your small business into a big business!

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Small Business Management Scholarship Program

Ready for a comprehensive training course for taking your business to the next level?

In partnership with Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Chamber offers a 10-month training program designed to help established small businesses increase revenue, improve operations, and hire great employees.

Through a generous grant from Bank of America, we are able to provide this training program for up-to 12 small businesses each year, at drastically reduced cost.

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Free small business advising

Have a question about managing your business? Get free advice from a professional business advisor.

The Chamber, in collaboration with Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), offers small business consulting at no cost.

Advising is open to all small business owners, including both Chamber members and non-members,  and is designed for businesses of all sizes – ranging from start-ups to established enterprises.

The one-hour sessions are conducted by professional business advisers. Sessions will be offered every Tuesday by appointment only at the Portland Metro Chamber office. All small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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Small Business Council

Open to all Chamber members, this council serves as a forum for small business members to hear from and engage with government agencies regarding new programs and policies.

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