Dear Venture Portland Community,
I feel like I say this every week but . . . what a week! Have you ever walked onto the floor of a Pachinko parlor? The sound of a million pachinko balls bouncing and dinging and triggering light shows combines for a sort of full spectrum onslaught of the senses. Overwhelming, for sure. Just being alive right now sometimes feels like stepping into that parlor. Being a small business owner, with so many competing priorities like staffing decisions, covering rent and the constant pivot due to Covid-19 is a whole other overload in itself. I think that’s why it’s helpful for business owners to get involved in their neighborhood business community. When we’re feeling alone and overwhelmed, when everything feels tough, it helps to know that there’s a business network to turn to and to remember that we’re all going through this “new normal” together.