APANO’s Small Business Support and Advising Program

APANO’s Small Business Support and Advising Program offers support and access to resources for businesses in Portland’s and Washington County’s API Business Community and all businesses in Jade District and Old Town. If your business is in need of assistance to navigate COVID-19 resources or if you are interested in receiving technical advice for your business, referrals to resources, or general assistance, please contact our Business Advisor, Grace Henricks at [email protected]

For COVID-19 general support and assistance please contact: [email protected]

We are able to offer assistance in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English.

Small Business Program for Utility Relief (SPUR)

From July 8 through July 22, small businesses can apply for a one-time utility stormwater/sewer/water bill credit of between $1,000 and $10,000 on their utility bill for sewer/stormwater/water service.

To qualify, a business must meet all of these criteria:

  • Receives sewer/stormwater/water service from the City of Portland

  • Has lost revenue because of the pandemic

  • Has an annual gross revenue of less than two million dollars

  • Has 50 or less employees

  • Was operating and in compliance with State of Oregon registration requirements on or before July 1, 2019

Priority for funding will be given to BIPOC and/or women business owners, businesses that are currently open and identified in Governor Kate Brown’s Phase 1 Reopening plan, and childcare businesses (for-profit and nonprofit).

Apply between July 8-22. 
  • Visit portlandoregon.gov/water/smallbiz.
  • Have your business’s City of Portland utilities (sewer/stormwater/water) account number handy.
  • Complete the form. It should take about 10 minutes.
Additional details about the program, including a Frequently Asked Questions document translated into Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and simplified Chinese, can be found at portlandoregon.gov/water/smallbiz or by calling 503-823-7770.

Information for Workers and Employers

Small businesses