At a press conference Tuesday, leaders bemoaned the bill stalling in committee. By Tuesday night, a negotiator said the measure was close to moving forward.
A 2-bedroom apartment in Oregon is out of reach for those making less than $16.61 an hour.
The state has about 126,600 women-owned firms.
A Portland-based insurance company is giving a raise to some of its hourly staff.
The Portland City Council voted in favor of giving 150 contractors and some full-time workers a raise.