Virtual Black Friday – Portland Indigenous Marketplace

When: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020 AT 10 AM PST – 4 PM PST
Details: The Virtual Indigenous Marketplaces are being held to ensure Indigenous vendors have an opportunity to sell their wares at an affordable and culturally respectful vending events.
For a complete digital list of all upcoming Portland Indigenous Marketplaces here Thank you to Great Spirit Church for being our Fiscal Sponsor and thank you to Metro for supporting our efforts through the Community Place Making Grant!

Introducing the Student Recovery Corps in Portland

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Portland friends,

It has been a particularly challenging time. But as we look to brighter days, the University of Oregon is launching the Student Recovery Corps in Portland during the summer of 2021. This program will connect talented undergraduate UO students with community partners throughout the region for a 10-week internship opportunity.

Students will receive a philanthropically funded stipend from the university and trusted partners will host one student over the summer session.

Will you help make this program a success by hosting an intern at no cost to you? Do you have a project or specific type of work a student could tackle to help advance the mission, recovery and advancement of your business or organization?

Our partnerships will focus on small business, non-profit, education, and civic agencies who would benefit from internship assistance. In addition to other placements, our hope is to connect interns with organizations with a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and to businesses sectors particularly impacted by COVID-19, such as Black- and minority-owned businesses.

Please fill out this brief form and we’ll give you a call to talk through the possibilities. More details are available on the Student Recovery Corps website.

We are excited to connect the bright young minds of tomorrow with your leadership and experience.

Apply now to host an intern Summer 2021

Job opportunity in Portland with Groovemade

Job Position
Production (Maker)


Production team members perform tasks involved in the manufacturing of the company’s products. The
position follows standard work methods and practices safe work habits to ensure production is as efficient
and safe as possible. Processes are constantly updated in our spirit of continuous improvement.
Manufacturing experience is preferred but not required. This is a physical job that will require lots of
sanding in our woodshop, which has a number of loud and dusty machines and running tools.


Essential Tasks
Gluing of parts
Hand and power sanding
Applying a finish coat to products
Assembling products using bolts, screws, and other fasteners
Reporting quality control issues
Maintaining a clean and safe work area
Process improvement


Open to feedback
Attention to detail
Teamwork oriented
Time management


Position Type
This is a full-time seasonal position with the possibility of being hired on. Hours are Monday through
Friday and can range from 7:00am to 5:00pm. (Typically 8:00am to 4:00pm) Approximately
35-40hrs/week. Compensation is $13.50 – $15.00 per hour depending on skill level, with the opportunity to
increase with skill level.

What do we do?
We design and make premium accessories in our workshop in Portland, Oregon.
Visit us and see what we do at
Grovemade Values

Embrace Truth. Be Open. Always Get Better. Put Team First.

We work for more than just making a living. Fundamentally, life should be meaningful and we believe that
focusing on happiness first will naturally lead to success and great products for our customers.
We have a fun loving, hard working, and professional environment with high expectations. Emphasis is on
open mindedness, teamwork, and continuous improvement.


Interested? Email your resume to We look forward to hearing from

Grovemade, 6524 N. Albina Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

Business Organizations Focused on Underserved Small Businesses Awarded $3 Million in Grants to Address Pandemic Impacts

August 7, 2020
Business Organizations Focused on Underserved Small Businesses Awarded $3 Million in Grants to Address Pandemic Impacts

Today, Business Oregon announced awards from one of the latest programs the agency quickly stood up to serve businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s economic development agency is awarding 23 grants totaling $3 million that will provide technical assistance to underserved small businesses across the state. Funding was allocated by the Oregon legislature and Governor Kate Brown as part of the state’s pandemic response.

“No one can do this work alone,” said Business Oregon Director Chris Cummings. “This funding allows us to get resources in the hands of twenty-three experienced organizations as we partner together to serve traditionally underserved small businesses across the state. It bolsters the outcomes of the other programs we have launched to offset the enormous impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on small businesses.”

The program was crafted to serve businesses whose needs are unmet by existing resources and who face systemic barriers to small business success. These focus areas include minority- and women-owned businesses, and rural businesses. The program is aligned to focus on groups identified in Governor Brown’s Equity Framework in COVID-19 Response and Recovery.

One grant recipient is the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, receiving a $290,000 grant to serve Latinx small business owners in Oregon.

“With Covid-19 affecting the Latinx community disproportionally, the Hispanic Chamber is happy to receive this award and expand its reach to serve a larger number of businesses affected by the crisis,” said Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Executive Director Carmen Castro. “The Hispanic Chamber has more than 26 years of experience providing culturally-specific technical assistance to the community and will work hard to help small Latinx businesses weather this storm.”

The program provides funding for experienced organizations to deliver direct technical assistance for their small business clients. Technical assistance refers to the education, resources, and guidance provided to entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them sustain and grow businesses.

Examples of technical assistance awardees will provide for small businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Business plan review and assistance
  • Helping access capital, loan application support
  • Mentoring / cohort business coaching
  • Referrals / training
  • Financial literacy / credit counseling
  • Specialized help – accounting, legal, HR
  • Technology services – web development, e-commerce
  • Recruitment and screening

The following organizations will be awarded funds, contingent upon successful contract negotiation between Business Oregon and funding recipients. Applications were reviewed by an evaluation committee for eligibility with state and federal funding guidelines, and alignment with program goals. All projects must be completed and grant funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. Unexpended funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury in accordance with the CARES Act of 2020.

Recipient Amount
Adelante Mujeres $70,000
Applegate CDC $21,000
Ashland Chamber $60,000
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) $50,000
Black American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) & Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO) $275,000
Centro Cultural $100,000
Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO) $40,000
Hacienda CDC $134,000
High Desert Partnership $300,000
Hispanic Chamber $290,000
Huerto de la Familia $52,000
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) $140,000
Latino Built $90,000
Metro Contractor Improvement Partnership $125,000
Micro Enterprise Resources, Initiatives, and Training (MERIT) $75,000
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) $150,000
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) $120,000
Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) $300,000
Professional Business Development Group $170,000
RAIN $100,000
Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) $200,000
Umatilla Electrical Co-op $18,000
Urban League of Portland $120,000

Media ContactNathan Buehler, 503-689-3559.

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency’s services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations. Learn more at

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NACF is Hiring a Director of Finance

Do you have a passion for Native arts and cultures? The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led national organization dedicated to promoting the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures. Its mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native people in the United States. Through its program initiatives, NACF supports Native artists, culture bearers, and projects that are focused on environmental, cultural, and social change.  We support artists to create new work, develop their arts practice, and produce projects in collaboration with communities.  Support includes financial resources, artist training, and professional development, presenting and promoting artist work, and project management. NACF will continue with community engagement across the continental 48 states, Alaska and Hawaii as it pertains to raising the visibility and availability of Native resources and knowledge to address cultural equity, anti-racism, and decolonization.

Located in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rich Native traditions and dedication to artistic endeavors, NACF is based out of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. This year Yale Union, a contemporary arts center, repatriated their Portland, Oregon 40,000-square-foot building to NACF and in 2021 it will become the Center for Native Arts and Cultures.


The director of finance is responsible for the overall financial health and operation of the organization.  The DOF reports to the president and is the senior staff person for finance, accounting and investments. In addition to providing counsel and strategic support to the president on all financial matters, the DOF also serves as an advisor to the board and is the staff lead with the board’s finance committee. While this position is the executive level finance person the size of the staff is such that the DOF will also be required to perform more routine day-to-day tasks, e.g. bookkeeping entries and bank deposits.

Application Deadline:  August 24, 2020

Read the full job description here!

PGE- Helping Small Business Customers


Supporting our small business customers during the coronavirus pandemic

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Helping our customers

We understand the hardship you and your business are facing right now. Here are some of the steps we’re taking to help:

  • Offering payment options to help make paying bills more manageable
  • Waiving all third-party debit/credit card transaction fees for payments up to $600
  • Committing $250,000 in energy assistance to directly help our customers impacted by COVID-19
  • Donating $50,000 to the Oregon Community Foundation’s Small Business Stabilization Fund

Bill Support

If you need help with your bill, we offer several options to fit your unique needs.

  • Request more time to pay: You can request a payment extension 24/7 by logging in to your account or calling our automated phone system at the numbers below.
  • Change your due date: If you need to change the day your bill is due each month, you can do that online or by calling us. Please note that it will take a full billing cycle for any change to take effect.
  • Call us for a payment plan: We will work with you to set up payment arrangements that work for you. A payment arrangement operates like an interest-free loan and will help you with your bill balance.
  • Request energy assistance: PGE is committing $250,000 in energy assistance to directly help our customers impacted by COVID-19. Call our customer service team to see if you qualify.

Help saving energy

As your business adapts to this time and changes to how you operate, it’s natural to worry about how your energy bill impacts your bottom line. Here are a few tools to manage your energy bill and use.

  1. Get bill alerts: Keeping tabs on your upcoming bill amount can remind you to take extra steps to save energy. Sign up online or on the PGE app for weekly bill estimates or alerts that your bill may exceed an amount you’ve set.
  2. Track your energy use: Our online Energy Tracker tool shows you when and how you’re using energy, and how to save. To start, simply sign in to your account.
  3. Get tips on how to control your energy costs: Whether your business is temporarily closed, running slimmer operations or fully open, there are ways to keep your business secure and improve your air quality while still saving energy.

Ways to pay your bill

To help customers stay safe and practice social distancing, our community offices are closed until further notice.

  • We are temporarily removing no-check and cash-only restrictions for customers, allowing everyone to safely pay using their checking account electronically or with a physical check by mail.
  • Our self-service payment options are available during this time, and we are temporarily waiving any third-party debit/credit transaction fees for payments up to $600:

Business Oregon Announces First Round of Matching Grants from the Oregon Small Business Relief Fund

On June 2nd Business Oregon announced the recipients of $2.5 million in matching grant funding through the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund, which was created by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature to assist small businesses suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $10 million of funding is being allocated through three Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for different types of applicants. This is the first of round of funding, consisting of $2.5 million and closed for proposals May 18.

“We stood this program up very quickly, and communities throughout Oregon in turn put together excellent proposals on a short time-frame for how they will get the funding into the hands of their local small businesses,” said Business Oregon director Chris Cummings.

This round solicited proposals from cities, counties, and Economic Development Districts that have existing small business COVID-relief programs or will stand up new programs to issue grants to local small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. The program also encourages efforts to provide access to sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses.

Business Oregon received 46 applications requesting $7.5 million, but only $2.5 million is available in this round. Final amounts to each will be announced shortly as contracts are finalized with each recipient, but the median award will be approximately $45,000.

Recipient County
Albany Benton
Clackamas County Clackamas
Gladstone Clackamas
Happy Valley Clackamas
Lake Oswego Clackamas
Milwaukie Clackamas
Oregon City Clackamas
West Linn Clackamas
Clatsop County (CEDR) Clatsop
Columbia County Columbia
CCD (Coos, Curry, Douglas) Coos, Curry, Douglas
Central Oregon Intergov. Council (COIC) Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson
Grant County Grant
Ashland Jackson
Jackson County Jackson
Medford Jackson
Talent Jackson
Grants Pass Josephine
SCOEDD Klamath, Lake
Lane County Lane
Lincoln County Lincoln
Sweet Home Linn
Ontario Malheur
Keizer Marion
Silverton Marion
Stayton Marion
Turner Marion
Mid-Willamette Valley COG Marion, Polk, Yamhill
Fairview Multnomah
Gresham Multnomah
Dallas Polk
Independence/Monmouth Polk
Affiliated Tribes NW EDC Statewide
City of Wheeler Tillamook
Pendleton Umatilla
City of Umatilla Umatilla
La Grande Union
City of Union Union
Wallowa County Wallowa
Beaverton Washington
Hillsboro Washington
Sherwood Washington
Tigard Washington
Tualatin Washington
Carlton Yamhill

map of Oregon Small Business Relief Fund grant recipients is available on our website.

To fill gaps not reached by other programs, these state funds are to be directed to adversely affected businesses that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding. Businesses may use the proceeds for any business-related operating expenses, including helping to reopen in line with state guidance.

A full description of the program details and application requirements are on our website. Proposals for round two of the funding that is open to Community Development Financial Institutions and Economic Development Districts closed Monday June 1. Proposals for the third and final round will be solicited later in June.
Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency’s services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.

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Keeping workplaces safe and healthy during the pandemic

Tips and resources for helping workers stay safe from COVID-19

Reopening your business?

Watch a webinar  from Barren Liebman Attorneys in Portland, as attorney Chris Morgan describes key considerations for your reopening.

Workplace safety and health

Employers are encouraged to follow guidelines from the Oregon Health AuthorityCenters for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, and to check these resources regularly since the situation is changing daily.

Resources for a safe reopening

Here’s a list of safety tips and resources for businesses that are reopening their doors after closing for coronavirus.


Read our latest news and tips on staying safe and healthy—whether you’re a frontline worker or working from home.

OSHA rules

Visit resources on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 and get current information on standards and rules during the pandemic.

Travel Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program

COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program