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Tools & Resources for Businesses

All businesses…and especially small businesses…look outside their own companies for some of the services and support they need to be successful and profitable. Whether it’s marketing, computer technology, accounting, legal assistance or other specialized services, business people often look to others.

The first place to seek those specialized services is within the East Portland Chamber of Commerce. A benefit of chamber membership is getting to know who offers the services you need…and building business relationships with people who come to know and trust. Additionally, the chamber offers on-going seminars aimed to helping its members learn more about the many aspects of running a successful business.

By participating in chamber networking meetings, business people also gain from the experience and expertise of their fellow chamber members. In the community, there are many organizations and agencies that offer resources to businesses on everything from hiring qualified help to getting the proper permit for a new business sign.

Here are some helpful links:

Portland Bureau of Licenses

Oregon Employment Department – Work Source Oregon

Oregon Employment Department - Work Share Oregon

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Small Business Liaisons

Small Business Liaison

Portland has appointed liaisons in its major bureaus to help small businesses through the often complex regulatory process. Here are some of the city’s small business liaisons:

* Development Services, Suzanne Vara, 503.823.7542

* Environmental Services, Susan Keil, 503.823.5554

* Fire Department, George Godson, 503.823.3763

* License Bureau, Thomas Lannom, 503.823.5154

* Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Amalia Alarcon, 503.823.4134

* Planning, Alma Flores, 503.823.7801

* Sustainable Development, Megan Stein, 503.823.7037

* Transportation, Alex Bejarano, 503.823.7575

* Water, Stephanie Reid, 503.823.7503

* Portland Development Commission, Jennifer Nolfi, 503.823.0271

Business Associations

Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations (APNBA)

Columbia Corridor Business Association

Division / Clinton Business Association

Hollywood Boosters

Hawthorne Blvd Business Association

Foster Area Business Association

Gateway Business Association

Central Eastside Industrial Council

Parkrose Business Association

Belmont Area Business Association

North-Northeast Business Association

Montavilla East Tabor Business Association

Lloyd District Community Association

Woodstock Community Business Association

82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association

Sellwood/Westmoreland Business Alliance

Kenton Business Association

Portland International District

Neighborhood Associations

Woodstock Neighborhood Association

Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association

Foster Powell Business Association

Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development

Irvington Community Association

Buckman Community Association

Montavilla Neighborhood Association

Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association

Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association


Area Chambers of Commerce

Gresham Area Chamber

Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce

North Clackamas County Chamber

Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

Oregon City Chamber of Commerce

Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

Portland Business Alliance

West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce


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