Small Business Networking
Top Portland Networking Events
Top Events and Groups of 2017
The small business scene in Portland is one of the fastest growing in the country. Whether you’re looking for a job or promoting your new business, networking is the perfect way to get your foot in the door of this vibrant city.
There are tons of networking groups and events for the entrepreneur in Portland, and a range of interests and industries to find your niche. We’ve listed some of the best Portland networking groups below to help you get started.
1. Portland Business Alliance
The PBA is Portland’s chamber of commerce group with over 1,800 companies represented. They host networking events as well as regular educational events to help new business owners connect with their community and learn from leaders in the industry. Their three monthly networking events range from power breakfasts to happy hour casual.
2. Network After Work
Network After Work is a national networking group, and the Portland chapter is one of the largest in the country. They host regular events in some of the best Portland social venues, making networking fun and relaxed instead of completely business-driven.
3. Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
The OEN is an incredible resource for Portland entrepreneurs. Connect with hundreds of peers, mentors, investors, and learning opportunities within their network. You also can attend over 100 events each year to learn more from the growing network of Portland business owners.
4. City Club of Portland
The City Club is a community service organization that focuses on leadership and development within the Portland business community. They hold weekly forums as well as community service events that are dedicated to the ongoing improvement of the metropolitan area. Members include civic leaders as well as Portland industry titans.
5. Circle Up Networking
Circle Up Networking focuses on genuine relationship-building in the Portland business networking community. This group aims to create personal and authentic connections in a comfortable environment, with Ted-Talk style forums and roundtables.
The Schmooze networking group holds quarterly meetups (for free!) for business owners and job seekers in Portland. This group has quickly become a go-to choice for fun and rewarding meetings featuring local professionals of all trades.
Finding a networking group that you like or learn from can be difficult, but in a city like Portland, there is no shortage of business and social groups to join!