After the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in 2020, members of Portland’s mostly white chamber of commerce, the Portland Business Alliance, woke up to the facts of racial injustice and decided to help.

At the Thursday, March 9, PBA breakfast talk at the Hilton Downtown Portland, Lance Randall, executive director of the newly formed Black Business Association of Oregon, updated the room on what had been achieved in Portland since then. (Randall, who grew up in Georgia, was hired from the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.)

Joseph Gallivan is a news and features writer based in Portland, Ore.