POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish
Shop small, shop local - November 12, 2013

Small Business Saturday


This morning, Nick was proud to read a Proclamation in honor of Small Business Saturday on November 30.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 to help bring in more customers to local businesses. The Saturday falls on the weekend after Thanksgiving – between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

Local group "Little Boxes" is also encouraging Portlanders to "shop small." Visiting a little box and making a purchase gives you a 10 percent discount at another little box. The more stores you visit, the more entries you gain in the raffle giveaways – from trips, to an iPad, to shopping sprees.

The business holiday has become nation-wide, and we are proud to support our local businesses here in Portland. We hope you will join us and shop small on November 30!

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Small businesses are the engine that create jobs and drive our local economy.

City Council has set a long-term goal of increasing the business owner’s compensation deduction to $125,000. Increasing the deduction frees up money to expand payroll, create jobs, and invest in business growth.

Today, Nick was pleased to join City Council in unanimous approval for an Ordinance which will increase the deduction for our small business owners from $90,500 to $100,000. The change goes into effect in January 2014.

Celebrate the City!

Want to celebrate these great business milestones with us?

Join us at the Moda Center on Thursday, November 14 beginning at 6pm for Venture Portland’s second annual Celebrate the City! event. 

Learn more about Portland’s 50 unique neighborhood business districts, and bid on exclusive experiences around Portland – including picking up a new favorite local wine for only $10. You can even enter to win 52 or 12 "meal for two" gift certificates, and discover your new favorite restaurant!

Tickets are $50, and are available online or at the door.  We hope to see you there!

Portland wants to direct some surplus to soften tax burden for small business owners

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland OKs $100K tax deduction for business owners

Malia Spencer in the Portland Business Journal


Small Business Saturday Proclamation


Little Boxes enters third year of imploring Portlanders to shop locally

Andy Giegerich in Sustainable Business Oregon


From small idea, Little Boxes grew big

Jessica Morkert on KOIN.com


'Little Box' Stores Vie for Black Friday Shoppers

John Tozzi on businessweek.com


'Little Boxes' band together for holiday attention

Joe Smith on KGW.com


Rosemary Reynolds interviews Commissioner Fish about 'Little Boxes'


Portland Black Friday Event: Little Boxes l Get Rewarded For Shopping Locally, holiday Gifts, 175+ Participating Shops

On pdxpipeline.com


Little Boxes

On Albertamainstreet.com


Doing It! Little Boxes

on upsweptcreative.com


Small retailers fight for Black Friday business with big-box stores

Erica Nochlin on KATU.com


On Small Business Saturday, welcome to the neighborhood

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland small box stores attract new customers

on KGW.com