The Portland Business Community: Events

For those who are just starting out in business or are new to the Portland area, there are opportunities to become involved in organizations that connect you with the Portland business community and help to build your business.

The Portland Business Alliance, Portland’s leading business association, provides a membership that strives to boost your business, raise your impact and impact your community. The alliance offers opportunities to meet and build relationships with potential customers and clients through networking programs, community activities and special events.  Not only is the alliance dedicated to providing value to its members, but works with other organizations and businesses to build a strong city and regional economy.

Membership allows for exclusive opportunities, events, programs and discounts that will provide strong advantages in the business community. Educational and leadership programs help establish a link with successful business professionals so that connections are built and skills are sharp. Additionally, the Alliance’s committees and councils allow you the opportunity to advocate for initiatives important to you.

Among the many beneficial programs and events offered to members, the Alliance does allow for non-members to attend two Alliance events as a guest. Attending these events may offer a glance into the benefits of membership with the Portland Business Alliance and can be a resource for new business professionals to gain connections and see what a business alliance membership may have to offer.

Here are some events coming up within the next month, if you are interesting in checking it out:

12/1/2010 Green Hour hosted by Service Master

The Green Hour event will showcase companies who succeeded in incorporating green practices into their daily business. These innovative companies promote sustainable business practices for the region’s businesses. This Green Hour will promote community awareness and educate on how sustainability can positively affect our day-to-day lives.

12/8/2010 Business After Hours at Portland Prime

This event is a networking opportunity to create new business relationships. Appetizers, door prizes and refreshments will be provided in a relaxed setting.

12/14/2010 Business Leads Exchange at The Rose Quarter

Business Leads Exchange is an opportunity to build lasting business relationships and share valuable business leads. The program will have a sponsor presentation, small group networking sessions and a facilitated group discussion on business-related topics. Over 75 members attend.

12/15/2010 December Forum: International Trade: The Region’s Economical Catalyst.

Over breakfast, the Alliance and the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, (PNITA) will unveil its international trade study and will feature top trade level experts Emilia Istrate, Senior Research Analyst at Brookings Institute and Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland. The speakers will discuss their latest research on the impact of trade on the Portland region.

To find more details on these events and look for more upcoming events put on by The Portland Business Alliance, check out their website.  (tag http://www.portlandalliance.com/index.html on the word “website”.)

 

Written By Tara Gremillion

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