Open for Business

Open for Business is a forum for Portland’s LGBTQ business community. Our mission is to serve and support LGBTQ leaders, professionals and community members. We create spaces to manifest the social, environmental and economic business solutions central to the Portland community and beyond.

We are solution-oriented. At Open for Business, we strive to catalyze collaboration and conversation through our annual event, professional development, resource sharing and the Out in Business Scholarship.

Open for Business – Inclusive Urban Growth

Portland is at a pivotal moment in its urban growth. We have an opportunity — if we take urgent action — to be an example to other cities in ethically addressing gentrification and displacement. How can developers and business owners balance financial opportunity with public need to change the way we approach urban growth and development? Join us for a conversation with industry leaders about the future of housing, development and real estate.

  • When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6–8 p.m.
  • Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Browsing Lounge
  • Free for members of the LGBTQ community, suggested donation of $7–10 for allies

 

Part of Portland State of Mind, PSU's annual festival of knowledge and culture.

Help us support LGBTQ student success

We are proud to offer the Out in Business Scholarship through the Graduate Business Programs at The School of Business. Scholarships will be awarded through the standard scholarship applications for all students, and donations help support this effort. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, you can do so through The PSU Foundation.

Images from Open for Business 2018


 Attendees network at the second annual Open for Business event

Emcees introducing the panel

 Attendees network at the second annual Open for Business event


 Attendees network at the second annual Open for Business event

The panel can be seen at the back of the room with the crowd watching intently.

 Attendees network at the second annual Open for Business event


 Attendees network at the second annual Open for Business event

An attendee asks a question to the panel

Cliff Allen, Dean of the school of business takes a photo with one of the panelists.

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