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Inspiring Diversity Grant 

Launch or expand a diversity and equity program within your organization with help from Prosper Portland

Prosper Portland’s Inspiring Diversity Grant applications are still open! Past grant recipients - hailing from a wide range of businesses in Portland’s targeted industries of Green Cities products and services, Tech and Media, Athletic and Outdoor Consumer products, and Manufacturing - were selected with special attention paid to growth potential, leadership commitment, and interest in peer learning. 

Recipient programs and initiatives include:

  • staff workshops and training
  • platforms to help companies optimize and improve policies focused on social equity and employee engagement
  • diversity and equity market assessment and training 
  • boosts in equity-based hiring
  • enhancing inclusivity in on-boarding processes
  • training to eliminate unconscious bias 
  • community outreach 
  • building a network to sponsor minority groups in tech and media
  • online development workshops with focus on diverse applicants 
  • and so much more!

If any of these sound like programs your company is looking to get off the ground, apply by Monday, May 3!

Apply Here » Deadline May 3rd 

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Nominate small businesses to participate in the
2021 Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC)
Portland Program

The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program is a tuition-free leadership training program that helps small- and medium-sized businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity and resilience for sustained growth as well as survive the continued economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
The 2021 ICCC program is uniquely designed to provide access to capital, one-on-one coaching, and capacity-building education. ICCC is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Portland cohort, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this free resource by applying here to participate!
ICCC participants will leave the program with business recovery strategies, capital relief solutions, community-building resources, and the tools to lead their business into 2021!
Learn more about ICCC here. For questions, schedule a time to speak with the ICCC team here or contact Nadia Larasati at or (617)-238-3034. 

Nominate Here » Deadline Friday, April 30

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Stabilize and Scale Your Business

May 18 – June 29  | Tuesdays at 9:30AM – 12:00PM.

As a business owner with limited capacity, how do you prioritize decision making to grow your company’s profitability?

OMEP invites you to participate in the Business Innovation Workshop Cohort, which is designed to teach the principles and execution of a continuous improvement business model so you can understand how to make the best decisions for your manufacturing business.

The heart of the Business Innovation Workshop series is the continuous improvement cycle. The 5 topics: financials, strategy, top-line growth, operational excellence, and conscious leadership, work in tandem powerfully within the continuous improvement model to bring you success.

  • Understand how to empower your people to solve problems
  • Utilize your financials to support sound business decision making
  • Apply operational excellence initiatives in your organization
  • Harness the power of marketing to support top-line growth
Register for OMEP Business Innovation Workshop


Renewable Energy industry is trending towards growth in jobs for women compared to other energy or STEM sectors globally

Read about how ongoing energy transformation driven by renewables is bringing far-reaching, systemic change to society. Renewable energy employs about 32% women, compared to 22% in the energy sector overall, according to a 2019 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Read more.

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Celebrating Earth Day | April 22

Earth Day aims to raise awareness about climate change and global warming. The day inspires action toward the protection of the environment and focuses on the need for conservation. Here are our top 10 activities to show some love for our home, planet Earth:

1. PLANT SOMETHING! If you can plant something outside, do your best to make sure it’s supportive of local wildlife, especially pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds, who will benefit from this good deed. But even if you can’t plant outside, bringing some plants into your home will clean up the air in your home, so you can breathe easier. 

2. GET OUTSIDE! Go for a hike or a bike ride. Find a trail, follow it. Is your area famous for a particular bird or butterfly? Find it! Is there a significant landmark? Go to it! Just get out there and show some appreciation for the beauty around you - but sure to leave it as you found it! 

3. CLEAN UP! Most areas have some organization where you can volunteer for neighborhood cleanup and beautification. Plus, in these socially distanced times it is still a good way to get out there and make an impact in your community, and do good by the planet. 

4. UPCYCLE. Feeling crafty? Find a way to upcycle old furniture, clothes, or whatever else you may have lying around. It’s the perfect way to keep things out of landfills while having fun and getting those creative juices flowing!

5. RECYCLE. Start recycling at home! If you already do, find out how to implement or encourage a recycling program in your workplace, at your kids' school, or somewhere else significant for you. 

6. LOSE THE PLASTIC. Switch out plastic plates or silverware for biodegradable or reusable ones. Lose the single-use plastic sandwich bags and opt for silicon. Find ways to reduce the waste you make on a daily basis. 

7. GO VEGETARIAN FOR A DAY. Did you know the meat industry is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions? Even if you don’t want to, or aren’t in a position to commit to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, committing to a single meatless day a week can have a huge impact. Use Earth Day to jump-start this practice!

8) UNPLUGCommit to using no electricity for a day, an evening, or even an hour! Every little bit can help to limit the use of fossil fuels and creation of harmful emissions. Not to mention we could all use a break from our various screens! 

9) SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES. Find a business whose ethos includes a focus on the environment and support it! Whether it’s the restaurant that uses organic food or leaves out the plastic for take-away, a business that sells recycled products, or something else, show them your appreciation and that they’re on the right track by giving them your business.

10) EDUCATE YOURSELF. Spend a little time doing some research on the state of the Earth, what needs to be done, and how you can help!

Get Involved In Our Community

Vision 2030 | April 28 | Virtual

Join us online on Wednesday, April 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn about climate careers in our region to build a brighter future!

In this session, you can expect to:

  • Learn about our region’s Climate Action Plan and careers where people develop solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings, transportation, and more.
  • Meet inspirational speakers who will share their climate-related careers and hands-on learning activities to lead your own climate solution at home or in your neighborhood.
  • Find out about internships, community service projects, and continuing education in high school to get more involved and to help achieve our 2030 climate goals.
To learn more and to register, contact SAGE at 971-717-6570 and
Check Out Vision 2030

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Support Youth in our Community and Sponsor the Virtual Portland Youth Opportunity Fair | May 7th

Portland Youth Opportunity Fair

Job Listings

Our partners are hiring! If you are searching for work in Portland, here's a great list of opportunities —one of them might be a perfect fit for you. 
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