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Local business owners build community, connections

“You start to feel like you’re alone and being here, you realize that’s just not true.”

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local Filipina business owner wanted to build community and connection among women-owned businesses in the Portland area, especially after a rough few years due to the pandemic.

Amanda Mailey owns a marketing company that serves women in business called AList. She decided to create a monthly meetup for local women business owners, called Women Supporting Women.

Due to COVID-19, Mailey was initially connecting through Instagram, giving local BIPOC women business owners shoutouts. Once Erica of Erica’s Soul Food came down with a case of COVID-19 and had to shut her business down for two weeks, Mailey knew she needed to do more.

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Women Supporting Women meetup with Erica’s Soul Food. (Courtesy: FLI Social)


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