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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Venture Portland publishes Annual Report

August 6, 2014

As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick was pleased to welcome Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team to City Council today, to share Venture Portland’s annual report.

Venture Portland invests in the smart, strategic growth of Portland’s 50 unique neighborhood business districts. In the U.S., more than half of Americans own or work for a neighborhood small business. Here in Portland, our economy is built on a foundation of small businesses – over 95% of local businesses have 50 or fewer employees.

In the last few years, Venture Portland’s membership has increased by more than 75%! From training and technical assistance to awarding grants, Venture Portland is raising the profile of our neighborhood small businesses.

Yesterday, The Oregonian reported that thanks to our strong local business community, job growth in Portland is higher than most cities in the U.S.

Learn more about your local business districts, find upcoming street fairs, business events, and more on Venture Portland’s website!

Venture Portland Annual Report: 2013-14


In job growth, Portland beats most metros

Molly Young in The Oregonian