In November of 2004 the Sustainable Business Network of Portland launched the Think Local First marketing campaign to support independent, locally owned businesses in the greater Portland area. The Local First: Choose locally owned businesses campaign is designed to draw attention to the benefits of shopping at locally owned businesses and to provide an easy way to identify locally owned businesses via store and display materials like a window decal, incorporating the Local First logo.
A free card to encourage local shopping. For every dollar spent with a locally owned business seventy-percent of that dollar goes back into the local economy. When you spend a dollar at an out-of-state owned company over sixty-percent leaves the state. The more money that stays here, the better off we all are. When you show the Choose Local card you are stating that you support locally owned businesses. These businesses appreciate your support by providing you an instant benefit of reduced prices, or free upgrades, or some other offer.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
Home of the Oregon Business Wizard, The Corporation Division contains information about starting and operating a business in Oregon. Services include business registration, business name lookup, business guides and information regarding incorporation.
Part of the Oregon Employment Department, Quality Info has access to job openings, labor market information, sales and market information, and statistical analysis related to Oregon and its regional economies.
Create, manage or update a business account, register your business, or pay business taxes for the City of Portland and Multnomah County. This site also offers business resources, and a business lookup service.
The Portland Development Commission is the economic development and urban renewal agency for the City of Portland. PDC offers a full range of direct and indirect assistance to businesses looking to expand or locate in the Portland area. This may include business loans or assistance in locating the right site for a business expansion or relocation. We also work to keep local businesses and jobs here. We provide small business loan programs and local incentives for locating businesses and jobs in target areas.
Portland Online is the official portal to city information and services. Information for residents and businesses can found on the site, in addition to special programs and services offered by the City of Portland.
Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. The Oregon Business Development Commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.