The Soul District Business Association (formerly known as SDBA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that has been promoting and sustaining the economic and business development of inner urban North/Northeast Portland since 1977. We are a voice, advocate, facilitator and catalyst for approximately 5,000 businesses and 64,000 residents within our district boundaries.
We are a membership organization governed by a board of 15 and a variety of sub-committees and an active member of Venture Portland.
The Soul of Portland
N/NE Portland was deemed the “Soul of Portland” in the 1990s as much because of its courage to sustain and foresight to see a promising future as it was for its cultural vibrancy. This nickname simply refers to the spirit or temperament of Portland’s creative center. It is an untouchable but undeniable characteristic that demonstrates our unique will to be innovative in the face of obstacles and steadiness amidst setbacks. These characteristics have helped shaped the advancement of our micro cobbler business nodes, artistic demonstrations & expressionisms, multicultural preservation and community advocacy& visioning.
Advocacy, Resources, Outreach, and Collaborations
Over the span of our existence we have worked with public and private entities to identify, promote and implement many of the positive changes our members now realize; user friendly streets, healthier business environments, public education & awareness and better business relationships among business peers & mentors.