From targeted workshops to networking events, the Ed Portal provides the Allston-Brighton business community with programs designed to promote success in a dynamic 21st century economy. Harvard also remains committed to facilitating engagement between community partners to ensure vibrancy of the Western Avenue commercial district and its identity as a neighborhood where local businesses can grow and thrive.
What the Ed Portal does for SCORE...is that it gives us an opportunity to bring new presenters into a very friendly, open environment. It's a venue we want to partner with forever.
Robert Kursmark, SCORE Boston
Communication Skills Workshop Series
Verbal and written communication are foundational skills in every career. The Harvard Ed Portal offers a series of workshops in business writing, public speaking, and meeting management. Ed Portal members are invited to attend our 4-part series on public speaking and receive access to LinkedIn Learning.
View Past Workshops
Conflict Resolution with Sharon Edwards
How to Plan Your Online Meeting
Using Your Voice: Speak Up and Speak Out at Meetings
Finding Your E-Charisma with Jill Slye
Taking a Leadership Frame of Mind in Online Meetings
Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund
The Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund supports projects that enhance the public realm and for which public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate. Projects may include improvements in public parks and open space, neighborhood beautification, streetscape improvements, public safety projects, and public art, including functional art such as benches or bike racks.
The application deadline has passed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the next application cycle.
Collaborating with government partners to introduce local businesses to new resources, skills, and opportunities is a natural extension of Harvard’s educational mission and its efforts to support economic development.
Senior Advisor, Supplier Development and Diversity
Harvard University Strategic Procurement
Economic Development Newsletter
Allston-Brighton businesses, their employees, and Ed Portal members can receive first-access to programs and opportunities through the Economic Development monthly newsletter. Ed Portal membership also provides access to trainings on social media for businesses, website strategy, and business writing; business certification information sessions; local business networking opportunities and more to further develop Allston-Brighton’s local economy and support local business owners in achieving their goals.
The day-to-day of local business owners is fast-paced and always changing. The Harvard Ed Portal helps provide us with programs, connections, and resources that allow us all to be partners together in the exciting transformations along Western Avenue.
Franchisee, Dunkin’ Donuts
209 North Harvard Street, Allston
Harvard Allston Partnership Fund
The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund was created by Harvard and the City of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston-Brighton community, to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming in North Allston-Brighton. A total of $100,000 is available in one-year grants to community-based organizations that provide programs and services to residents of Allston-Brighton.
Economic Development Partners
Harvard Extension School
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University Human Resources
Harvard University Strategic Procurement Department, Supplier Diversity Program
- Action for Boston Community Development
- Allston Brighton Adult Education Coalition
- Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
- Allston Board of Trade
- Allston Civic Association
- Brighton Board of Trade
- SCORE Boston