July Newsletter

  • DMA June Updates
    • Grant Awardees for the Business Relief Grant
    • DMA GoFundMe Fundraiser
    • DMA 2020 Census Statistics
    • DMA Census Project
    • DMA Business Highlights
  •  Resources for Businesses and Community
    • Southeast Work
    • Livelihood Northwest
  •  Other Resource & Update
    • Business Resource


Division Midway Alliance Business Relief Fund

In an effort to support businesses that have a direct impact from COVID-19, Division Midway Alliance (DMA) is happy to announce that we have awarded nine applicants as recipients of the Business Relief Grant.

The nine recipients are:

  • Alamir Bakery
  • Division Halal Market
  • Hair Centric
  • Lotus Massage & Spa
  • Pizza Baron
  • Pizza Yaki
  • Somus Boba & Café
  • Whelan's Irish Pub
  • Vegas Chinese Restaurant

On behalf of Division Midway Alliance, we would like to express our appreciation to those businesses that applied for the grant.


Division Midway Alliance is raising funds to support Burmese Families. Cultural Liaison Lwe Wah Shee – a Burmese refugee herself and team member of Division Midway Alliance - has been helping community members facing unemployment and hunger. So far, we've raised over $1300 in the past two months and we are seeking $2,000 in donations to match a $2,000 grant awarded by the East Portland Action Plan. Our goal is to support 30 Karen/Burmese families by providing food boxes or grocery gift cards, help with utility bills and rent and other essential resources, and the need continues to grow. Please support us achieve by donating at this link: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/lend-a-helping-hand-to-local-immigrant-and-refugee-communities-fighting-covid-192


The Self-Response deadline has now been extended to October 31st. 

Please remember to fill out your CENSUS questionnaire.
You can find more info on statistics here.


DMA hosted a bilingual(Arabic/English) informational session on June 3rd from 1:00-2:15 pm. During this information session, attendees learned about the history, benefits, impact, and importance of completing the CENSUS 2020 questionnaire. DMA staff are available to answer any questions related to the Census 2020 questionnaire. 


DMA will be hosting an informational session and everyone is welcome to attend on June 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. During this information session, attendees will be able to learn about the history, benefits, impact, and importance of completing the CENSUS 2020 questionnaire. DMA staff are available to answer any questions related to Census 2020 questionnaire. Attendees will not only be gaining valuable knowledge, and be empowered, but will also be entering a raffle for either a gift card or gift certificates to one of the local businesses. If you need more information contact Elizabeth Lopez at elizabeth@divisionmidway.org, Lute Richards at lute@divisionmidway.org, and Austin Santos at austin@divisionmidway.org.
DMA Storefront Grant Recipient

A & J Hair Studio
14011 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97236

A & J Hair Studios through DMA's Storefront Grant Program has completed construction on the grounds of their business. The types of construction completed is full renovation of the front side of the building that includes painting, expansion of their stairs by 1 foot (Now 4 feet wide), and changing their wood flooring to concrete. If you wish to find out more about A & J Hair Studio, please click here.

You can find out more about DMA's Storefront Grant Program here.

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DMA Business Highlights

The following businesses are open within Division Street. On behalf of Division Midway Alliance and its staff, we would like to thank them for continuing to provide services to residents during this crisis. Please support these small businesses. Here is the list of businesses that are open with details of hours of operation.
Here is a highlight of one business in our district:


Alamir Bakery

Hello East Portland community, we are happy to inform you about a new Iraqi business in our district. Please visit Al-Amir bakery at 12503 SE Division St. They have amazing bakery goods and other items. Their breads are fresh, Fatair - bread with cheese and parsley on top is delicious. Let's support the new business in our district. The owner, Layth, is super friendly and always welcomes his customers with a big smile! Photo 1 from right to left Mohammad (DMA community liaison), Layth (business owner), and his son. #DMAbusiness #Eastportland




SE Works and their navigators are offering support in job employment skills for unemployed and underemployed individuals, building networks with individuals and employers, training opportunities, and accessing community resources.

You can find out more SE Work's website.

Livelihood NW

PPP Forgiveness and EIDL Zoom Sessions

Livelihood NW is conducting a zoom session every Monday on different topics. This Monday, they are focusing on the PPP Forgiveness & EIDL. Two session will take place on July 6 and July 13. Below is the link to attend BOTH sessions. You will be receiving a calendar invite for both sessions. If you are interested and have not received the calendar invite with the zoom link, please email hello@livelihoodnw.org

Reopening Resources

Livelihood NW compiled new signage and requirements for small businesses re-opening during Phase 1; here's the link to the folders where the signage is separated by industry- Reopening Resources

Here is the site where you can find the signage in other languageshttps://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19#collapseOHAGuidance

Resource for Business

Hello Partners!
We wanted to share the news that the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services have just launched the new 
Small Business Program for Utility Relief (SPUR) to provide financial support to Portland's small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. We are asking that you help spread the word about the program.
Details Include:
  • July 8 through July 22, small businesses can apply for a one-time bill credit of between $1,000 and $10,000 on their utility bill for sewer/storm-water/water service.
  • To qualify, a business must meet all of these criteria:
    • Receives sewer/storm-water/water service from the City of Portland.
    • Has lost revenue because of the pandemic.
    • Has an annual gross revenue of less than two million dollars.
    • Has 50 or less employees.
    • Was operating and in compliance with State of Oregon registration requirements on or before July 1, 2019.
  • Priority for funding will be given to businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color and/or women, businesses that are currently open and identified in Governor Kate Brown’s Phase 1 Reopening plan, childcare businesses (both for-profit and nonprofit entities).
  • July 8th the application will be online at portlandoregon.gov/water/smallbiz.  It will be pretty simple and should take around 20 minutes.
    • Applicants will need the account number for the sewer/stormwater/water account that serves their business.
    • Applications will be available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. If people need help applying in any other languages, we will have interpreters available to work with them to complete the application.
  • The application closes July 22, 2020
To learn more about the program: portlandoregon.gov/water/smallbiz | smallbiz@portlandoregon.gov |503-823-7770
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