Business Resources

The Hillsboro Downtown Partnership (HDP) focuses on promoting and marketing Downtown, design and appearance of Downtown, as well as business retention and recruitment. Here’s information about some of our partners, resources, and other support we provide.

LOCAL RESOURCES

City of Hillsboro’s
Economic Development Department

The Economic Development Department advocates for businesses locating or expanding in Hillsboro and creates a favorable business climate for companies to succeed. In 2010, the City adopted a Downtown Urban Renewal Plan, providing financial means to accomplish key capital projects in the district. The City has a Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant Program, which is designed to provide assistance and incentives for commercial property or business owners to enhance the design and appearance of their storefront façades.

150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

503-681-6177

www.hillsboro-oregon.gov

City of Hillsboro’s
Community Development Department

Hillsboro Community Development is comprised of Building, Planning, Transportation and Affordable Housing and supports the community in planning for and creating a strong and vibrant Hillsboro community through thoughtful planning, development, administration of policies, and targeted implementation of programs and projects. The staff can provide resources on everything from what constitutes a permitted use for a specific piece of property, to requirements related to density, setbacks and subdivision of land, not to mention how to drive, walk, or bike within the City. 

150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

503-681-6153

City of Hillsboro’s
Public Library

The Hillsboro Public Library provides hundreds of resources for start-up or existing businesses – everything from industry trends to specifics on marketing, accounting, residential information, etc. Reference librarians are always available and willing to help you begin your research.

2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

503-615-6500

www.wccls.org

PCC Small Business Development Center

The Portland Community College Small Business Development Center has helped thousands of businesses over the past 30 years. SBDC combines one-on-one advising with programs taught by business experts, giving clients the resources, they need to grow their businesses. They provide help for your business, no matter what stage, business education every step of the way, and one-on-one business advising for your specific needs.

241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton, Oregon 97006

971-722-5080

BizCenter.org/PCC

Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization dedicated to maintaining a healthy and balanced business climate in the City of Hillsboro. It is the leading advocate for small businesses on public policy issues, as well as a forum for networking, education, and promotion. We encourage you to sign up for their email newsletter and check out their calendar of  presentations and forums.

5197 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite A, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

503-648-1102

www.hillsborochamberor.com

TUalatin Valley Creates

The Hillsboro Public Library provides hundreds of resources for start-up or existing businesses – everything from industry trends to specifics on marketing, accounting, residential information, etc. Reference librarians are always available and willing to help you begin your research.

REGIONAL RESOURCES

Mercy Corps Northwest

Mercy Corps Northwest embodies their mission by working together to build just, productive and resilient communities across the Pacific Northwest. They invest in communities, uncover equitable access to resources, and charge toward a vision of breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty for good. They know that when they invest in potential – individuals and families are given the ability to thrive, and not just survive.

43 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97204

503-896-5070

SCORE Portland

SCORE is run by about 70 volunteers who have indepth, practical experience running and managing businesses. They’ve been there and done that. Each has chosen to give back to their community to help others start and grow their businesses. These volunteers are ready to help you personally, by counseling you at no cost. Portland SCORE also provides high quality workshops on topics of importance to small business owners.

620 SW Main Street, Suite 314, Portland, Oregon 97205

503-326-5211

Oregon Entreprenuers Network (OEN)

OEN helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up by connecting them to peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 28-year track record, OEN is Oregon’s only organization that supports scalable startups from every industry across the state.

PO Box 6452, Portland, Oregon 97228

503-222-2270

STATE RESOURCES

BUSINESS OREGON

Business Oregon is the state’s economic development agency. Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. Staff and programs are available to support a range of business needs, including financing, incentives, brownfield issues, importing, and exporting. 

775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon 97301

503-986-0123

TRAVEL OREGON

Travel Oregon inspires travel that drives community enhancement and economic development. In an effort to support their partners in tourism in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.

319 SW Washington Street, Suite 700, Portland, Oregon 97204

971-717-6205

NATIONAL RESOURCES

MAIN STREET AMERICA

Building on Main Street’s 40-year history of cultivating a strategic and comprehensive approach to problem solving through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, the National Main Street Center features a wide range of free resources for Main Street leaders, including recovery planning tools, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.

INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF RELIANCE (ILSR)

Looking through a lens that focuses on local self-reliance, ILSR believes that communities are healthiest when they possess the authority, capacity, and responsibility to chart their own course. They have been sharing resources and case studies that show how small businesses can find the silver lining and come out of this crisis more resilient than ever. 

STRONG TOWNS

Strong Towns supports thousands of people and small businesses across the United States who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. Their initiatives are bases on the beliefs that in order to truly thrive, our communities must value resilience over efficiency and start building our world based on how our places actually work and what our neighbors actually need today.

COMMUNICATIONS

Planning Calendars

These calendars are specifically created for business use and are not intended for distribution to the public. They encompass a big-picture look at holidays, events, and other activities that will help businesses plan out their own events, promotions, hours of operation, and staff schedules. We update these as additional information becomes available, so please check the date at the bottom of the document to see if you have the most current version.

Event Information

If an effort to increase communication about events happening Downtown, we reach out to the coordinators to gather information pertinent to businesses that may be affected. Information about each event is updated annually, so please request an updated version if the event is less than three months out.

INVITATIONS TO PARTICIPATE

Web & Mobile App Listings

The Hillsboro Downtown Partnership maintains an online list of businesses in Downtown. This list also feeds into the Downtown Hillsboro App, that is free to download in both the Apple and Google Play Stores. This listing is at no cost to businesses in Downtown. If you would like to be added or your information needs to be updated, please fill out the promotional information form linked below.

Decorative Lighting

Our efforts to extend the hours of Downtown include adding decorative lighting to rooflines and under awnings. We have been able to complete two phases of this project and maintain the lighting since 2018. If you are interested in adding decorative lighting to your building or have noticed that some of the existing lights need maintenance, please email the details to our Beautification team. 

Downtown Hillsboro eGift card

Through a company called Yiftee, Hillsboro Downtown Partnership offers a closed-loop eGfit Card that is only redeemable at independent, small retail, dining, and personal service businesess in Downtown Hillsboro. 

ARTIST WINDOW TAKEOVERS

In late spring and fall, we invite local artists to paint temporary murals on an assigned business windows while competing to win a prize and being highlighted for their work. Voting, a virtual map/guide, and a scavenger hunt around each the season’s theme activate the temporary art installations and thus Downtown. If your business is interested in hosting an artist for the upcoming season, fill out the application linked below.

POTENTIAL FUNDING SOURCES

Downtown Storefront Improvement Program

Provides a 1 to 1 matching grant for façade improvements made to Downtown Hillsboro buildings. Administered through the City of Hillsboro.

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Diamonds in the Rough Grant

Used to restore or reconstruct the facades of historic buildings that have been heavily altered over the years with the purpose of returning them to their historic appearance and potentially qualifying them for historic register designation.

EMPLOYEE PERKS

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS

Many Downtown businesses offer discounts to owners and employees of other Downtown businesses. The best ways to find out about these discounts is to get to know your neighbors and to offer a reciprocal deal.

Employee Store Passes

HDP works with Columbia Sportswear and other local manufactures to get employee store passes for all the Downtown small business workforce. Make sure that you join our business newsletter list to ensure you find out when passes come available.

DOWNTOWN AMENITIES

Tidy Streets

As any Downtown business district can attest to, litter and graffiti just happen. We support businesses by coordinating clean-up projects and loaning out graffiti removal supplies.

Naturescaping

We have hired a Beautification Specialist to maintain the planting strips and bulb-outs throughout Downtown, as well as help with leaf removal in the fall. 

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