How do we encourage the growth of small local businesses? Give them a community center where they can learn from each other.
A city's economic health relies on a vibrant community of invested business owners. But how do we encourage the establishment and growth of small, local businesses? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, a team from ADX presented its idea for how to revitalize the business climate in Lents Town Center, an area in eastern Portland that hasn't seen the same level of economic growth as the downtown area. ADX was focused on finding great businesses in Lents when its team discovered Marshall High School, which had been closed years earlier. They propose using the school as a small business incubator for the community, where people can learn new skills, set up shop, and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.