Of course Portland rides near the top of the list of cities with the highest concentration of small businesses. Lucky number seven! Reading this stat delights me: According to The Business Journals, Portland clocks in at number seven with 2,717 small businesses per 100,000 residents. Speaking roundly, with nearly 2.4 million Portland Metro residents, that leaves somewhere north of 65,000 small businesses across the Rose City. Wowzers.
In the ’90s I doubled my salary by leaving a swanky corporate marketing post to accept a job with a boutique ad agency. I never looked back. Today I lead Ideagility, our own small business dedicated to helping small business owners be found with mission-critical services: websites, digital advertising, email, social and organic search strategies.
Our customers are salt of the earth, the types of small business leaders that really help people: doctors, property damage restoration and commercial construction companies, furniture refinishers and plumbers across the United States. We also serve the boards of associations dedicated to representing businesses and industries — and these fine folks show up to make a real difference as volunteers. It’s hard work serving all of them, over delivering and leading an expert team committed to transparency and real results. But it’s also a privilege, the most fun I’ve ever had.
Small business is good business — and may you always be found.