By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Twelve neighborhood business districts, including four in North and Northeast Portland, are sharing $36,000 for special projects from Venture Portland, which supports the districts through funding, training and technical assistance.
The Beaumont district received a grant for “Dash to Donuts,” a 3k fun run and obstacle course planned for March, 2016.
Venture Portland said the funding was a Catalytic Grant which helps business districts take advantage of one-time-only opportunities. In this case, the Beaumont event is linked to Portland hosting the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, 2016.
The Central Eastside Industrial District and the Montavilla Business District are each developing a new website and received a Benchmark grant. Such a grant is for a tactical achievement to build a strong, stable business district.
The Mississippi Avenue business district also received a Benchmark award for its holiday shopping passport and food drive, which extends to Jan. 15, 2016.
All the grants are expected to leverage an additional $100,000 in private business district investment, according to information from Venture Portland.
“Our neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy,” said Commissioner Nick Fish, the City Council’s liaison to Venture Portland. “There is no better time than during the holiday season to support our small business community by shopping local.”