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Small Business Resource Navigation and Technical Assistance

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The Small Business Resource Navigation and Technical Assistance program provides free support for Portland’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overview

This program features a business resource navigation hub, culturally specific technical assistance, and industry-specific technical assistance for Green Cities businesses.

Prosper Portland is collaborating with local service providers. Services for Portland small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Ability to schedule time with a business advisor on the PDXSmallBizHub
  • One-on-one support accessing grants or loans
  • Cultural and industry specific business technical assistance
  • Services are offered in multiple languages, or a business can request language interpretation

Who does this program serve?

This program serves Portland small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority businesses include those owned by people of color, women, and non-English/limited English speakers, and in industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Timeline

Spring 2022: Program Launch 

December 2024: All funds must be spent 

How do I apply for this program?  

How is this program funded?

The Small Business Resource Navigation & Technical Assistance program is funded by Portland’s $208 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan – a federal relief and recovery program enacted in 2021. City of Portland investments span three key priorities:

  • Houselessness Response and Household Stabilization
  • Small Business and Commercial District Stabilization
  • Community Health and Safety

This program supports Small Business and Commercial District Stabilization.

Read more about these investments in this article: American Rescue Plan: Investing in Portland

Who manages this program?

Prosper Portland, the city’s economic development agency, operates this program. Prosper Portland’s mission is to create economic growth and opportunity for Portland.

Results

We want to be transparent and accountable with how the City of Portland is spending American Rescue Plan money. Explore the different projects at our Rescue Plan Open Data website.

For more information

Prosper Portland’s Economic Recovery Investments Funded by the American Rescue Plan – Prosper Portland