As the Small Business Liaison for Development Services, I have the privilege of serving as a technical advisor to the City's Small Business Advisory Council. The SBAC is a public-private partnership that includes small business owners and representatives from various public agencies. Its role is to identify and review regulations, policies and issues that affect small business formation, job creation, growth and prosperity.
I tremendously enjoy being a part of the SBAC. And I remain in awe of the time, energy, and effort invested by its small business members. Their dedication is really inspiring!
For those of you who might not have heard about it, SBAC recently brought forth a resolution to the city council. As described in Mayor Potter's press release, this resolution will "make sure small businesses have a voice in the decision making process, making Portland more business-friendly". Also according to the Mayor, this "marks a philosophic change in how the small business community and City government work together".
The resolution, which adopts a "Small Business Bill of Rights", was cosponsored by all five city commissioners and passed unanimously. It calls for the city to refer to the Bill of Rights as a resource and a tool when it is considering and evaluating policies, regulatory action, and government action that impacts small business.
A copy of the resolution and the text of the Bill of Rights are available at http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=176333
If you would like more information on the Small Business Advisory Council, the issues that SBAC is currently addressing, or how you can become involved, visit the SBAC website at: http://www.pdc.us/bus_serv/sbac/default.asp