Industry Support


A series of peer-to-peer sessions with a select group of small to medium sized firms takes place on a bi-monthly basis. The sessions aim to help business owners learn from each other and focus on topics that are relevant to growing companies, such as social media, human resources and finance/accounting.

Supporting entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized companies is a top priority of the city’s A&O work. Our peer-to-peer sessions bring together CEOs of growing companies to share experiences and learn best practices from one another, as well as from experts in accounting, finance, social media, and other relevant areas. Each facilitated session focuses on a topic that the group selects and deems important to growing an A&O business. Peer-to-Peer is one of our most exciting and impactful programs.

Past Peer-to-Peer class includes:

  • Bridge and Burn
  • Flipside Hats
  • Sweet Spot Skirts
  • Portland Design Works
  • Orox Leather
  • Make It Good/ Nell & Mary
  • Athlete’s Lounge
  • Bebee Company
  • Baseballism

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

Apply for 2017 Peer to Peer program