POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish Small Business

Portland's Small Business Community


Small businesses are the backbone of Portland's local economy.


In the United States, 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.


By supporting small businesses, we can drive neighborhood vitality and growth – and increase incomes for our hardworking families. 


Nick is delighted to be City Council liaison to Venture Portland - an organization focused on investing in the smart, strategic growth of Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts.


Learn more about the programs the City and the Portland Development Commission offer to support our growing "small" community: