Helpful Web Links

The following links provide useful information for business owners, entrepreanuers, investors, downtown employees, and residents alike. From starting a business in Michigan to living in Portland, we have you covered.

Guide to Starting a Small Business in Michigan

This link is to a comprehensive guide on starting a small business in Michigan. Subject matter includes everything from writing a business plan to understanding business taxes in Michigan.


Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The MEDC website is a useful site for both the prospective small business owner and to business owners with years of experience.


Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center

Located at Grand Valley State University -- with an office at Lansing Community College -- the MiSBTDC is an excellent starting point for information on starting a small business.


Small Business Administration

This is the website for the United States Small Business Administration. Another fantastic starting point for information on starting a small business.


Western Michigan Better Business Bureau

The Western Michigan Better Business Bureau works with both businesses and customers to help insure a trustworthy marketplace.


"Pure Michigan" Website

Are you from outside of Michigan and looking to come enjoy our great state? The "Pure Michigan" website is a great starting point for your journey!


Pure Michigan Living

The "Pure Michigan Living" website is dedicated to covering the quality of life stories in Michigan communities.


State of Michigan

The official website for the State of Michigan.


Michigan State Housing Development Authority

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.


The Michigan Main Street Center

For anyone who would like to know more about the growing Main Street movement in Michigan.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation

For anyone who would like to know more about the growing Main Street movement in the United States.


City of Portland

The "City of Two Rivers" website. Complete list of city offices, officials, services, etc.


City of Portland Downtown Development Authority

The website for the Portland DDA.


Portland District Library

The Portland District Library is home to the local "Biz Resource Center" that provides small business owners with advice, guidelines, and other answers to all types of small business questions.


Portland Public Schools

Portland is proud to have one of the best school districts in the State of Michigan. Portland Public Schools is known for their excellence in education.


Portland Community Arts Council

The Portland Community Arts Council works to promote the awareness of the arts as central to the quality of life and success of the Portland Community.


Portland Area Chamber of Commerce

The Portland Area Chamber of Commerce works with businesses throughout the Portland area on business promotions and marketing.


Portland Review and Observer

The Portland Review and Observer is the weekly newspaper dedicated to the news and events taking place in Portland.


The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia Sentinel Standard is a daily newspaper covering news and events taking place in the Ionia County area.



A community action agency to assist local residents.


Be sure to click on our page "Main Street Businesses" for links to the webpages of our downtown merchants!


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The Portland Main Street program exists at the intersection of historic preservation and economic development. Our goal is to revitalize the downtown while protecting and enhancing the unique historic buildings. Our volunteers work to protect the sense of place and history that downtown Portland holds and build on that.

Portland Main Street/DDA Meetings:

Design Committee: 2nd Thursday

Organization Committee: 3rd Wednesday

Promotions Committee: 4th Tuesday

Economic Revitalization: 3rd Monday

DDA Board: 3rd Thursday

Stop in and find out what we're all about!

We welcome new members and visitors to all of our meetings.  Call 517-647-5027 for more information.