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Greater Portland Inc expects to offer 15 scholarships to help cover training and travel expenses for entrepreneurs who want to be well prepared for international sales. As part of this program, Greater Portland will work with each firm to develop a customized program that meets the needs of each potential exporter preparing for international sales.
Who can apply for this training scholarship?
Entrepreneurs interested in reaching new customers through international sales with an existing business in the Greater Portland region should complete the scholarship form. Sign up here.
What will I learn from export training?
This customized spectrum of services will offer you a range of export focused trainings. You only need to take the trainings that are relevant to you. Trainings themes include export finance, lead prospecting, exporting and shipping, and market analysis.
What happens if I don’t complete a training?
We will only cover 50% of the cost of the training and advising you complete. If you don’t complete a training, we can’t reimburse you.
What if I already export to other international markets?
That’s fine. We’d still love to help you access a new market. Sign up.
Can I substitute training or course work from another service provider?
Yes, but we can only cover training costs when you work with one of our partners (Global Trade Center, SBDC, SBA, Business Oregon or U.S. Commercial Service) listed in the training passport book we give you.
Do I have to do the full Export Pathways training (all seven steps)?
Probably not. It depends upon what the export readiness assessment says. The export readiness assessment is the first step in the process, after you are notified of your scholarship.
How long does each training last?
It depends. Several are 2 hour one-one-one meetings. One is a 30 hour class. And one training option varies based upon how many scholarships we award.
Where does the training scholarship money come from?
Greater Portland Inc was awarded grant funding from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for this program?
If you’re interested in reaching new customers in international markets, you’re a good candidate for this export training scholarship.
Why is Greater Portland Inc organizing this program?
Greater Portland Inc is a public-private partnership working as a regional economic development entity. We want to see firms in the Portland metro region succeed by accessing new overseas markets – it’s good for the economy.
Through the release of this RFQ, Prosper Portland takes a significant step forward toward the realization of an urban development project which will permanently change Portland’s downtown landscape, knit the city together, attract regional, national and international media attention, and catalyze significant private investments.
INFORMATIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING
An optional informational pre-proposal meeting will be held at the office of Prosper Portland on December 6, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Contact Sarah Harpole if you are interested in attending.
Short-listed respondents will be invited to provide presentations in a public forum on the evening of February 27, 2018. Additional information and instructions for the public forum will be provided to the short-listed respondents in advance.
Closes: Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 PM
Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Prosper Portland is requesting statements of qualifications for the provision of Engineering Services to be provided on an as-needed basis. Prosper Portland may award one or more contracts from this RFQ.
Please direct all questions about this solicitation to Kristy Branson at 503-823-3688, firstname.lastname@example.org
Closes: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2 PM
Udall Scholarship — Purpose: Provide scholarships to native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Eligibility: Native American or Alaska Native students that are undergraduate sophomores or juniors and working toward positive solutions to environmental challenges or issues impacting Indian country. Funding: Individual scholarships of up to $7,000; 50 scholarships are expected. Application Deadline: March 8, 2018.
Please join us at Ecotrust for an evening with the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), who will host the world premier of a new film, United By Water, that documents the inspiring journey of local tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. It is a film about reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life.
Doors open at 5:30 PM. Brief introductions and the film screening will begin at 6 PM, followed by Q&A.
Please RSVP to reserve your seat.
ABOUT THE FILM:
United by Water has received national attention already with several film festivals accepting the film into their events even before its premier. Directed by Derrick LaMere of War Pony Pictures, this film follows the first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Ceremony of Tears in 1940. The film, narrated by famed author Sherman Alexie, documents this inspiring journey in 2016—building the canoes, the physical and spiritual journey on the Columbia River, and finally the historic landing at Kettle Falls.
The timely film highlights the need to recognize the importance of reconnecting to the Columbia River and restoring our salmon runs. Not only does the film bring attention to the historic wrongs that blocked salmon from the Upper Columbia River, but it shares the current efforts by UCUT and other tribes to bring forward tribal traditions to help better understand what is lacking in our contemporary society. We need to forge a deeper connection to the waters that bring life to our communities.
Date: Monday, November 27
Time:5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oregon Native American Chamber
4445 SW Barbur Blvd, STE. 102
Portland, OR 97239