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Breakfast Forum: The State of the Economy – Small Business Edition

Thursday, September 14, 2023 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) (PDT)


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With its food trucks, independent shops, local makers, and startups, Portland is a hub for small business activity. While many Portlanders are committed to the shop local mentality, small businesses struggle against a range of regulatory, policy, and institutional challenges. 

What if it wasn’t this way? How could the small business ecosystem grow with the right policy supports? How many businesses would emerge and thrive if the city addressed the policy barriers to entrepreneurialism? 

In this breakfast forum, we'll explore the current state of the small business ecosystem. We’ll present the findings from our newest report on the small business ecosystem, sponsored by Comcast. While assessing the economic outlook for and highlighting trends within the ecosystem, we'll also discuss the barriers faced by these smaller enterprises. 

A panel discussion of reflections from prominent community business leaders will follow. 

During the discussion, we'll assess Portland's support of the small business community and identity additional approaches that could help the industry thrive.

Report Findings: The State of Small Business in Portland

  • Mike Wilkerson, Director of Analytics, ECONorthwest

Response Panel:

  • Lance Randall, Executive Director, BBAO
  • Joy Church, Executive Director, Venture Portland 
  • Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC
  • Duncan Hwang, Metro Councilor and Community Development Director at APANO
  • Desiree Noisette, Owner of Mermosa PDX


  • Kimberly Branam, Executive Director, Prosper Portland

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The Duniway Hotel
545 SW Taylor St, Portland Captain Gray Ballroom
Portland, OR 97204 United States

Please note the location change.  September Forum will be held at the DUNIWAY HOTEL (directly kitty corner from the Hilton at 545 SW Taylor St).  As you enter the Duniway, go directly downstairs to the Captain Gray Ballroom.  We will have directional signage and volunteers directing folks both at the Hilton and in the Duniway.  

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Thursday, September 14, 2023 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) (PDT)
Thursday, September 14 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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