Programs & Events
The Alliance offers a rich array of programs and events to help members boost their visibility, sharpen their business skills, raise their awareness of community issues and network with other business leaders. Many of these programs and events include sponsorship opportunities.
Issues awareness and leadership
Lunch with Leaders
Pacific Northwest International Trade Association
Business development and education
Business Leads Exchange
Shop Talk Showcase
Business After Hours
Introduction to the Alliance
Maximize Your Membership
Programs and events
Business Leadership Evening
Women's 9-Hole Golf Scramble
Annual Meeting: Our annual membership breakfast meeting, held each May, is one of the state's largest gatherings of business professionals and civic leaders. It features a prominent keynote speaker.
Business After Hours: Our informal Business After Hours events are held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. It's a great way to create new business relationships in a relaxed setting. You'll enjoy open networking, appetizers, door prizes and a no-host bar. Check our events calendar for upcoming dates.
Business Leadership Evening: Our Business Leadership Evening, held in November, celebrates the leadership of the business community in the region. The evening features a dynamic keynote speaker exemplifying business philanthropy and leadership. The William S. Naito Leadership Award is presented to recognize the philanthropy of a local business leader. Click here to find out about sponsoring Business Leadership Evening.
Business Leads Exchange: This is one of our most popular networking programs, geared toward building lasting business relationships and sharing valuable business leads. Each event consists of a sponsor presentation, small group breakout sessions of focused networking. It is held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Check our events calendar for upcoming sessions.
Chair's Cup: The Chair's Cup is a unique golfing experience for the region's top chief executive officers and business leaders. The May event begins with a dinner for players and guests followed the next day by golf, luncheon and awards. The playing field is limited to 72 participants. Click here for information about sponsoring the next event.
EMERGE Exclusives: Targeted toward emerging leaders in the Portland region who want to meet other emerging leaders and get to know established leaders. Each event features an existing leader who tells their story, gives advice, and shares their thoughts on careers, leadership and being engaged in the community. The events are moderated and audience questions and partcipation are encouraged. Programs are held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each month. Visit our events calendar to find out about the next event.
Forum: This monthly speaker series highlights business and public-policy issues. The Forum is held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, at the Governor Hotel. Check our events calendar to register for upcoming Forums. Contact Christine Gatlin at 503.552.6742 for an Forum topic schedule or more information about sponsoring an event.
Golf Scramble: Our annual Golf Scramble in September provides fun and networking for a field of 144 players. The day starts with 18 holes of golf at a local premier golf course and a dinner and awards reception that includes a raffle and silent auction. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities, to help plan it by joining the Golf Scramble Task Force.
Green Hour: Member businesses showcase their green business practices, sustainable products and services and provide a venue for members to connect with green-conscious professionals. Visit our events calendar to find upcoming events.
Leadership Portland: The goal of Leadership Portland is to develop future community leaders through an intense six-month program of education, coaching, discussion and relationship building. Participation is limited to 35 through an application and selection process. Click here for more information or for a list of current and past graduates.
Lunch with Leaders: The Lunch with Leaders event series connects Alliance members with elected officials in an informal atmosphere to talk about policy issues important to business. The date of this monthly event varies, depending on elected officials' schedules. Visit our events calendar to find out about the next Lunch with Leaders.
Pacific Northwest International Trade Association: PNITA conducts programs, generally with a partner organization such as the Portland Development Commission or the Bureau of International Services, to promote understanding and awareness of trade issues. PNITA also advocates for fair trade policies. Click here for more information.
Shop Talk Showcase: This popular networking program is hosted by member businesses. It's a great opportunity for you to showcase your business. Events are from 7:30 to 9 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays. Visit our events calendar to find upcoming events.
Maximize Your Membership: Maximize your membership by attending one of these informational sessions (held quarterly) that also provide networking opportunities for new and existing members. Check the events calendar for upcoming dates.
Women's 9-Hole Golf Scramble: Whether you hook your drives or nail it straight down the fairway, bring your clubs and welcome in the summer golf season at the Portland Business Alliance's Annual Women's Golf Scramble. Includes beverages, lunch and prizes for the top finishers, KP and long drive.