Small Biz Big Hearts campaign poster

As part of Venture Portland’s year-long 30th birthday celebration, we are hosting a contest to promote neighborhood businesses called the ‘Click. Tag. Win. Selfie Challenge.’ It’s simple. Participants will take a picture of themselves (selfie) at their favorite neighborhood businesses and then upload the photo to their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram social media accounts with #pdxLOVESsmallbiz, @VenturePortland or they can email their photos to

Venture Portland staff will collect all the photos and present them to the Venture Portland Board who will vote for their favorites. The winners will receive a gift certificate from the business featured in the photo (Venture Portland will purchase the gift certificate; businesses DO NOT have to donate them).


The contest will follow this schedule:

  • 2/1 – Launch
  • 2/1 – 2/14 – Small Business Big Hearts (Valentine’s day tie-in, plus first challenge)
  • 2/15 – First prize awarded for Valentine’s day tie-in challenge
  • 2/15 – 4/24 – Contest continues; ’10 weeks, 10 challenges, 10 winners’
  • 4/25 – Venture Portland Annual Meeting; attendees vote for their favorite photos
  • 4/26 – Final prizes awarded

Does your shop need posters for #pdxLOVESsmallbiz? Email your requests using the contact form on this website. Available sizes include 8 1/2 x 11, 11 x 17 and 5 1/2 x 17. Samples of the posters are already up in several member shops.

General Membership meetings St. Johns Boosters

Oregon’s Small Business Advocate

Introducing Ruth Miles

I run with scissors.

Ruth Miles
Ruth Miles
Oregon’s Small Business Advocate

Oregon scores in the middle of the pack in terms of its business environment. That’s little consolation to a small business owner facing a troubling situation with state government. When every miscommunication with the state can cost your business money, it’s good to know that there’s someone who can step in and help.

What does that kind of help look like and who can get it?

Oregon’s Small Business Advocate, Ruth Miles, will be presenting at the January 20th St. Johns Boosters breakfast meeting and will walk through how she helped one small business and unveil small business data and trends observed in Oregon during 2015.

With 18 years of experience running small businesses to add to her nine years of service in the legislative branch, Ruth Miles understands first-hand the challenges entrepreneurs face. She’s crisscrossed Oregon over the last two years to visit with business leaders and associations, chambers of commerce and community partners to hear their concerns about getting caught in red tape.  And everywhere she goes, she runs with scissors.

The St. Johns Boosters invite you to attend this general membership meeting beginning at 7:15 am at John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard.

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