Industry Support


A series of six peer-to-peer sessions with a select group of small to medium sized firms takes place on a bi-monthly basis. The program is designed to facilitate shared learning and focus on topics that are relevant to growing companies.

Supporting entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized companies is a top priority of the city’s A&O work. Now in it’s sixth year, our peer-to-peer sessions bring together CEOs of growing companies to share experiences and learn best practices from one another. Each of the six facilitated session focuses on topics that can range from accounting or HR best practices to maximizing your e-commerce potential.

Peer-to-Peer is one of our most exciting and impactful programs, providing a forum for Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) entrepreneurs and CEOs to come together and learn from each other, as well as from subject matter experts.

The program is limited to a group of no more than 10 companies per year. Participants receive valuable templates and information, access to mentors, service providers, informal networking events, and one-on-one consulting with our esteemed facilitator, Sean Beers.

Examples of previous sessions:

  • Choosing a Board of Advisers w/ Sean Beers
  • Financial Management and Accounting Best Practices w/ Tim Gillette
  • Effective Sales Management Techniques for Emerging Brands w/ Brian Chaney

The ideal candidate for this program should meet the following criteria:

  • Owner of a consumer products company with an emphasis on footwear, apparel, accessories, and equipment/gear
  • Based in the Portland metropolitan region
  • Minimum $300,000 – $500,000 in annual revenue for the previous year (or minimum 3 years in business)

Previous participants include companies such as:

  • Nutcase Helmets
  • Handful
  • Sugar Wheel Works
  • Vanilla Cycles
  • Bridge and Burn
  • Orox Leather
  • Make It Good/ Nell & Mary
  • Vero Watches
  • Dovetail Workwear
  • Studio Noyes

Applications for the 2019-2020 Program is now open. Please feel out the following form to apply.


2019-2020 Peer to Peer Application