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Brand Live owners
Software start-up Brandlive used a PDC working capital loan to advance its product development, sales and marketing.

The Portland Development Commission connects people and resources to create more jobs for Portland. We work with Portland businesses to identify business needs and eligibility for PDC assistance, and then help you find the program that fits best.

Business Finance Programs

In general, PDC business finance programs address the need for:

  • Tenant improvements
  • Equipment purchase
  • Façade improvements
  • Property development & rehabilitation
  • Real estate acquisition
  • Credit enhancement
  • Property feasibility study
  • Working capital

Portland E-Zone, Lean/Efficiency Improvement &  Federal/State Incentive Programs

Portland Enterprise Zone
PDC is the local sponsor for the Portland Enterprise Zone program, which uses five-year property tax exemptions to leverage significant private investment that spurs economic activity in the community. 

Lean/Efficiency Improvements
Since 2004, the PDC has collaborated with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to provide lean/efficiency improvement consultations for more than 50 Portland manufacturers. PDC provides a 50% match of up to $12,500 for OMEP services to qualified companies.

Federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
EB-5 financing may be used for real estate or manufacturing projects that will create jobs. PDC, through its partner American United EB-5 Regional Center, offers financing with fixed rate interest-only payments through maturity (generally a five-year term). read more >

State Incentive Programs
For State of Oregon incentive programs, contact the knowledgeable staff at the Oregon Business Development Department (866-467-3466) or visit for details.

Map Your Property

You can quickly determine whether your property is in an urban renewal area. read more >