The City of Portland, led by Prosper Portland, the city’s economic development agency, today launched ShopSmallPDX.com. The website promotes small businesses throughout the city and makes it easy for people to be intentional about where they spend their money this holiday season. Local retailers earn most of their revenue during November and December.
“Support for Portland’s small businesses is critical, especially now when the Portland metro area must follow the governor’s freeze order,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Buying from local businesses is good for our city, our neighborhoods, our economy, and our fellow Portlanders. When you shop small and local, you’re buying from your neighbors and friends. You’re keeping nearby coffeehouses and retailers open. Hundreds of options are available to shop safely in-store or virtually, both downtown and in neighborhoods throughout the city. I’m asking all Portlanders who can, to open their wallets and get started! Let’s be the change that keeps Portland thriving.”
The ShopSmallPDX site links directly to hundreds of local businesses offering safe in-store or virtual experiences and is searchable by location and category. Businesses range from cafes, bars and restaurants to personal care and lifestyle gifts, food products and pet accessories – as well as services such as curbside pickup, online ordering and delivery, gift cards, and subscription boxes. The site also includes a calendar of events to encourage residents and visitors to safely participate in the many events planned for holiday season.
ShopSmallPDX also features an inclusive focus on businesses owned by members of the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to broaden the multicultural shopping possibilities, offering a way to make buying more intentional, imaginative and meaningful for local businesses that need the support right now.
Companies can submit their information to be added to the directory by filling out this form: https://form.jotform.com/203204100254030
The ShopSmallPDX website is part of a larger, collective effort by an array of partner organizations, including Travel Portland, Central Eastside Industrial Council, Portland Business Alliance, Venture Portland, Bricks Need Mortar, and Greater Portland Inc to share the message that this is the time to support the city’s small retailers, restaurants, craft makers and service providers.
Source: City of Portland