Supporting Small Businesses
“Our first get-together this year was a social gathering but our second meeting had to take place over video due to the coronavirus, and we were all concerned with helping Portland’s economy stay afloat,” recalls project volunteer Jennifer Greenberg, MBA. “Sustainability and giving back to the businesses around us are the foundations of the PSU MBA program, and we wanted to do something positive.”
Survival and Success
A collective of prominent professionals in finance, human relations, lending, operations, and management, the Portland Business Support Project offers free consulting to small businesses in this time of uncertainty. The project is staffed by more than 20 MBA alumni volunteers who self-organize into small teams for each client and tailor an approach to meet their needs.
Approximately 20 small businesses (generally defined by fewer than 500 employees and less than $7.5 million in revenue) have signed up so far. Clients include a law firm, brewery/tap house, several restaurants, hair salons, and a construction-industry firm.
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Connecting businesses to existing resources is another project offering. “There is a wide range of really good resources in Portland, but finding those resources can be tough,” explains Greenberg. “We’re linking into that infrastructure to help identify the right opportunities for each business.”