Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress SOUL District planningThree concurrent surveys targeted to Black business owners and entrepreneurs, community influencers, and community members in the Portland metro area. The study supported BICEP’s development process for the SOUL District, which will serve as an economic center for the Black community in Portland, Oregon. The surveys identified barriers to success in the Black business community and explored potential solutions to these barriers. They also explored stakeholders’ values and concerns about their community’s economic well-being and assessed their perception of the SOUL District proposal.
City of Portland community policing researchOngoing qualitative and quantitative research, as part of a U.S. Department of Justice consent decree regarding the Portland Police Bureau’s treatment of people with mental illness. The research assessed community perceptions of the Bureau through surveys and focus groups. Explicit efforts were made to accurately represent the views of minority communities through oversamples and qualitative outreach.
Panel discussion featuring DHM Chairperson & Senior Council Su Embree in front of an audience of over 100 local business owners in Portland, Oregon. The panel examined the challenges and opportunities of being a minority- and women-owned business in Portland.
Entrepreneurs Organization untold stories of women and minority-owned businesses
Energy Trust of Oregon
Qualitative research with small business owners and people who make key decisions in small businesses. Focus groups targeted Hispanic, Asian, and rural business people. The research assessed the efficacy of current ETO outreach materials, determined small business owners’ priorities regarding energy use decisions, and guide ETO in developing inclusive strategies and targeted outreach to business owners from specific communities.