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My People’s Market Returns June 1 Promotes Multicultural Businesses With ‘Market of the Future’

Travel Portland and Prosper Portland collaboration supports local entrepreneurs of color with new location, more complete market experience of community, culture, business

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 31, 2019 – Travel Portland, the city’s official destination marketing and management organization, and Prosper Portland, the economic and urban development agency for Portland, are collaborating for the fourth time on My People’s Market 4, Market of the Future. The marketplace pops up Saturday, June 1, in the U.S. Postal Service building at the corner of Northwest 9th Avenue and Lovejoy Street in the Broadway Corridor; it is free and open to the public 12-7 p.m.

Launched in November 2017, My People’s Market showcases the city’s diverse and vibrant entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards and beverage crafters. This year’s market will focus on the potential for strengthening social ties and testing ideas for a locally powered, welcoming public space in a venue soon to be torn down for new development. Attendees are encouraged to shop among more than 80 multicultural vendors for a variety of goods while enjoying food, drink, performances and activities for all ages. 

“Portland’s DIY culture is alive and well and incredibly diverse. My People’s Market 4 is a tribute to our multicultural community and its contributions to the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the city,” said Tamara Kennedy-Hill, vice president of diversity and community relations for Travel Portland. “And we are grateful for the collaborative spirit that surrounds this event, as our partners, vendors and sponsors work diligently to create an engaging celebration that draws the community back each year.”

My People’s Market was inspired by the desire to engage business owners of color with the travel industry and professionals positioned to create opportunities for growth, whether by helping to expand or scale a business or by opening up new markets and opportunities. Ultimately, the market was created to celebrate community, culture and business while supporting local multicultural entrepreneurs with broader exposure to fuel their trade.

This year, My People’s Market 4 will take over 60,000 square feet of space in the old U.S. Postal Service building, providing more than 80 vendors with a captive audience for their wares. Along with shopping, eating and drinking, guests can enjoy art and music curated by YGB. Other installations include the Museum Walk, which gives a nod to history and culture by inviting market guests to celebrate the past and present with the likes of Oregon Black Pioneers, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and Old Town Chinatown Museum, and the Youth Marketplace, which showcases Portland’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Additionally, market-goers will have an opportunity to learn more about the design vision for the Broadway Corridor and share their own ideas about how to shape its future. 

“Culture meets commerce in this vibrant and much-anticipated annual event. Our city’s multicultural entrepreneurs are connected with new and unique opportunities to share their stories and inspiration while forging promising pathways for continued success.” said Tory Campbell, manager of entrepreneurship and community economic development for Prosper Portland.

All vendors are sourced from Mercatus, a Prosper Portland initiative, and were selected by application. Additionally, the event is one of a series of connection opportunities for Prosper Portland’s Inclusive Business Resource Network. The scope of My People’s Market had been a long time coming before its inception in 2017, as the multicultural community has held other successful events around the city with calls for a larger, more comprehensive showcase of the diverse group’s many talents. 

My People’s Market is sponsored by numerous organizations, including Travel Portland, Prosper Portland, New Seasons Market, Port of Portland, Tri Met, Portland State University, School of Business, Reyes Engineering Inc. and AT&T. For more information, visit travelportland.com/business-partners/my-peoples-market/.

About Prosper Portland:

Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland, focused on building an equitable economy. Prosper Portland is committed to growing quality jobs, advancing opportunities for prosperity, creating vibrant neighborhoods and communities, and collaborating with partners to create an equitable city, with prosperity shared by Portlanders of all colors, incomes and neighborhoods. 

About Travel Portland:

Travel Portland is the official destination marketing and management organization for the city of Portland, Oregon. Its mission is to generate travel demand that drives economic impact for Portland. For more information on Travel Portland, visit www.TravelPortland.com.

 

 

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