Local businesses are the heart and soul of Portland. And as the city transitions into four weeks of closures on gyms and indoor dining, among other things, there are lots of ways to support local businesses, from getting takeout from local eateries to taking online classes at local fitness studios.
Choosing to spend your dollars locally is the best way to support the small businesses that define our city. Shop Small PDX is a website that makes it easy to find small, local businesses in Portland, many of them BIPOC-owned. https://t.co/So7jHW24Zw pic.twitter.com/Gu3kQFoqfi
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 19, 2020
Led by the city’s economic development agency, Prosper Portland, the website directs visitors to hundreds of local businesses so that residents can make sure their buck is going to the right place, especially as holiday shopping kicks in.
“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,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in a statement. “I’m asking all Portlanders who can, to open their wallets and get started! Let’s be the change that keeps Portland thriving.”
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The announcement comes just as other organizations are also stepping up to help local businesses stay active amid new closures. The organization PDXSOS has started an initiative called the #PortlandPledge, where locals can advertise the need to shop local this season and promise that they won’t do anything but.
On a larger scale, the state of Oregon is also stepping up to the plate to support local businesses in the state with its “Give the Gift of Oregon” campaign, announced by Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday. The campaign includes gift ideas from Travel Oregon and the Build Oregon Marketplace, an online platform advertising various products from Oregon makers.
This holiday season, give the gift of Oregon! Our local businesses need support. One way Oregonians can help is to shop homegrown businesses that are run by our neighbors, family, and friends. Local retailers are prepared for you to shop safely. https://t.co/RCQMPNI6E5
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) November 18, 2020