Markos Miller

Markos Miller

1. Tell us about the last 3 purchases you made at locally owned, independent businesses.

Tea from CBD  Regular shopping at Micucci’s and Rosemont Market  Movies from VideoPort

2. What do you think are the most important resources or programs available to independent businesses in Portland?

Buy Local organization (I support self-organization and advocacy)  Revolving business loan fund   Program such as those offered by Coastal Enterprises  I’d love to see a local small-business mentoring program.

3. Are there any policies or initiatives you think the city should adopt to better support local businesses?

Our local business community is one of our greatest assets, adds to our unique character, providing a range of jobs and services, and is an incubator for innovation. As mayor I will  Promote our diverse indigenous business community to visitors and potential residents.    Place a greater focus on neighborhood businesses and districts, so that small-scale businesses can meet needs, and provide jobs, closer to where people live.   Facilitate greater organization of small businesses to address needs such as rents, utilities, advertising, and other services to increase sustainability.   Create an advisory board that includes diverse local businesses.

4. Do you think the city should move its bank accounts out of large national banks and into locally owned financial institutions?

Local ownership of the City’s financial institutions is one important criteria to consider. TD Bank was once a locally owned bank; however, the corporate consolidation of local banks changed this. We do not want to have to frequently change banks. Consistency and a solid relationship with staff are other important criteria to consider.  I would also consider placing the City’s funds with a local credit union.  Credit unions often target their investments to local business start-ups and other non-profits. This is the perfect opportunity for the City to tangible, if indirectly, sponsor the‘buy local’ movement.

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