We don’t need to tell you it’s been a rough year—for everyone, really, but local businesses in particular. Approaching this year’s New Seasons-sponsored Best of Portland Readers Poll, we had to consider that many nominees may longer be around by the time the polls closed. It’s brutal. But if there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s found right here. Over three uncertain months, thousands of you stepped up to vote for your favorite restaurants, bars, nonprofits and other cultural institutions—the companies, places and organizations that make this city such a unique place to live—and show how much they matter to you.Here, you’ll find the winners and finalists in each category. Indeed, some of them have been forced to close, or have not yet reopened, but we are proud to honor them here—because in Portland, small businesses aren’t just buildings or brands, but part of who we are.For more information about our Readers' Poll, or if you would like to be nominated next year, email firstname.lastname@example.org.