Supporting our business and building owners

One of our goals is to support existing and new small business and building owners. This page is dedicated to providing resources to help your business succeed.  If you have ideas/resources/skills to share or if you are looking for resources or advice – please let us know!

MATCHING Mini Grant Program

Alberta Main Street is awarding grant funds to Alberta Street business and commercial property owners to support and incentivize improvements to your business or property. This is a matching grant program, which means that the applicant pays a portion of the improvement and Alberta Main Street pays a portion. The level of match provided will be determined based on length of ownership plus equity focused funding priorities. The maximum grant contribution by Alberta Main Street is $2,500 per project. learn more

Small Business Seminar Series

Join us for our small business seminar series supporting you & your businesses in creating a vibrant and strong Alberta Street. learn more

Promoting good DESIGN

The Portland Main Street Design Handbook encourages good design by addressing issues that business and property owners face in planning commercial and retail improvements. The principles give advice on how to improve the unique physical environment of commercial neighborhood districts. This includes storefront design, streetscape improvements, sustainability considerations, and maintenance of buildings and the public way. Download the Portland Main Street Design Handbook (PDF)

Urban Renewal Area Programs

The Portland Development Commission connects people and resources to create jobs, support business growth and revitalize neighborhoods. Guided by the city’s Economic Development Strategy, the agency focuses on explicit investments in the fundamentals of economic development: business expansion and retention, workforce training, innovation, catalytic projects and an ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurs and small businesses. learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do about all of the graffiti? Graffiti is vandalism which becomes costly for tax payers, business and property owners and local residents. The City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program works with concerned neighbors and business-owners to identify, report and remove graffiti from public and private spaces. learn more

Who is responsible for sidewalk repair in front of my building? The owner(s) of land abutting any street shall be responsible for constructing, reconstructing, maintaining and repairing the sidewalks, curbs, driveways and parking strips…learn more

How do I get a permit for my A-Board portable sign? Signs, awnings, banners and strobe lights located on private property and portable signs (commonly known as A-Boards) regardless of location are regulated by Title 32 (known as the sign code) of the Portland City Code. learn more