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The program will provide centralized, free resources and technical aid to owners.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Small businesses based in Portland, or whose owners live in Portland, can qualify for free resources and assistance from Prosper Portland.Prosper Portland is launching a local small-business hub offering free resources for owners, the urban and economic development agency announced July 20.

The new program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. The money allocated by the Portland City Council is intended to support communities and help businesses recover from the pandemic and economic recession.

"We have listened to our small businesses and community partners who have expressed a huge need for centralized information and navigation to access relief resources in a timely manner," said Kimberly Branam, Prosper Portland executive director. "The Portland Small Business Hub is built to address that need."

A collaboration between the agency and local service providers, the hub offers culturally specific small-business resource navigation and technical assistance.

Further resources include connections to financial relief programs through referral facilitation, as well as one-on-one assistance on grant, loan and funding applications.

Business owners who are residents of Portland, or whose businesses are located in Portland, are eligible to be served by the hub. Prosper Portland says businesses owned by minorities, women, people of color, limited English speakers, and industries heavily impacted by COVID will take priority.

Learn more about the hub at www.pdxsmallbizhub.com.

Hub community partners:

  • The Black American Chamber of Commerce
  • Hacienda CDC
  • Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization
  • Livelihood NW
  • Mercy Corps
  • Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon

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