Home Archives January 2008 “No teeth” in Portland’s business rights resolution

“No teeth” in Portland’s business rights resolution

| Print |  Email
Tuesday, January 01, 2008

PORTLAND Since its inception, the Small Business Advisory Council has been working to ease the tension between city government and members of the Portland small-business community, who often feel their interests are overlooked when decisions are made. With the city council’s recent unanimous adoption of the Small Business Bill of Rights, they hope they’ve reached a truce.

The 12-point document lays out a list of things small-businesses expect from the city council, such as a predictable regulatory environment, maintenance of a system of streets and roadways that don’t inhibit commerce, and opportunities to bid on city contracts.  

“On the government level, we hope as projects and policies are being proposed it will be taken into account,” SBAC chair Jackie Babicky-Peterson says.

Passed as a resolution — not an ordinance — the bill of rights cannot  change policies or laws affecting small businesses, and that has some wishing it went further.

“It’s two or three steps away from binding the city to anything,” says Kevin Spence, a Portland attorney who also runs the website PortlandSmallBusiness.com. “I just don’t think there’s any teeth to it.”

Babicky-Peterson acknowledges that weakness but says the advisory council is already working on an ambitious 2008 action plan that includes working with commissioners to add line items to public works projects to mitigate construction inconveniences for businesses, and cooperating with the Portland Development Commission to secure short-term working capital loan funds for small businesses.

JAMIE HARTFORD


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Revenge Forestry

November/December 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

A flare-up in the Elliott Forest raises questions about détente in Oregon’s timber wars.


Read more...

OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

News
Friday, October 24, 2014

24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.


Read more...

Political Clout

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Businesses spend billions of dollars each year trying to influence political decision makers by piling money into campaigns.


Read more...

Kill the Meeting

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Meetings get a bad rap. A few local companies make them count.


Read more...

Two Sides of the Coin

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
22 twosidesBY JASON NORRIS

Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


Read more...

Fly Zone

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE

The black soldier fly’s larvae are among the most ravenous and least picky eaters on earth.


Read more...

What I'm Reading

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Peter Lizotte at ACME Business Solutions and Roger Busse at Pacific Continental Bank share their favorite reads.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS