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  A line of taxis in downtown Portland. (Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Aaron Parecki)
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Published: 24 July 2019

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is launching a new program, called Taxi Incubator, to help local, minority-owned taxi companies boost their businesses.

To mark the kickoff, PBOT Is hosting a Taxi Incubator resource fair on Thursday, July 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Alberta Abbey located at 138 NE Alberta Street.

The Taxi Incubator program and its partners can offer financing, business assistance and qualifying grants.

"The taxi business is an attractive option for entrepreneurs from Portland’s immigrant and refugee communities," reads a portion of the PBOT website explaining the Taxi Incubator program. "To help such business people get into the industry and also help existing businesses operate more effectively, PBOT will soon launch a taxi business incubator. This incubator will offer free consulting services to new and existing companies to help them implement best business and financial practices. The program will also help them obtain DMWESB certification and provide advice about how to comply with city codes and other rules."

To provide this opportunity, PBOT has partnered with FM Burch and Associates and Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO).

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