Provides free one on one counseling and reasonably priced courses and seminars that cover several business topics including: Going into Business, Financing Your Business, Marketing, Writing Business Plans.
Provides integrated business support services for low-income entrepreneurs. Provides access to capital through IDA accounts. Offers a matched savings account., provides financing and assistance. Offers introductory workshop series and advanced seminars on business related topics.
As the city’s economic development agency, the PDC contributes to the growth and diversity of Portland’s business climate. Financial and technical assistance programs and partnerships with public and private sector organizations support business retention, expansion and recruitment, and foster a regional economy that is competitive, sustainable and equitable.
Provides a variety of services to support the small business person such as SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs to help the business succeed.
Free counseling from a large group of experienced managers on business start-up, operation, and planning. Regular workshops on marketing, business finance, business start up procedures, and writing business plans.
Provides training, consultations, and referrals to non-profits.
Provides education and training programs for small to medium sized businesses.
Provides a variety of services including: Business Plan Development, Marketing Plan Development, Market Research and Analysis, Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Qualified Clients, Human Resource Support, Operations Assistance, Product Cost Analysis, Business Assessment, and Accounting System Set Up and Training.
Small and emerging businesses can find the support they need at Portland State University. The Business “Strategy” Capstone is a way for business students from different majors to combine their knowledge and work together in the field with an external partner on pressing strategic issues. Students will conduct comprehensive analysis of an organization, its industry, competitors, and general environment, to inform viable strategic alternatives. Deliverables will range from a business plan to more targeted analyses such as a feasibility study for a new product or service.
These services will be provided to community partners at no cost and will happen over a ten-week academic term.
OAME is a non-profit, tax exempt organization formed to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon. OAME works as a partnership between ethnic minorities, entrepreneurs, education, government and established corporate businesses.
Provides assistance with business loan proposals, business plan writing, certification as minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business, bidding and estimating and identification of procurement opportunities. Conducts trade shows, business classes and workshops.
Through microenterprise development, Hacienda promotes the self-sufficiency, creativity and viability of immigrant women, their families and the local community. Hacienda’s microenterprise program provides entrepreneurial residents with training and mentoring to become successful small business owners. Entrepreneurs are trained in developing business skills including business management, financial literacy, marketing, securing licenses and learning compliance with local governments. Hacienda acts as an incubator for these small businesses providing resources, start-up costs, English language help, marketing assistance, and access to IDA accounts and low-interest loans. Business ventures include selling homemade tamales at local farmers markets, “Green” housecleaning services and organic vegetable production (in the works).
Helps develop marketing strategies and linkages, provides hands-on business support and counseling, helps with renovation, space, and business expansion planning, provides emergency financial assistance, loans, & grants.
The mission of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society
Provides Indianpreneurship business development training series for start-up and existing businesses. Other services include technical assistance counseling, business mentoring and access to financing and markets. Specific programs available support women and artists in business.
Provides education and training assistance, one-on-one counseling and business television advertising.
Holds monthly networking sessions, panel discussions, workshops and seminars.
Assists local artisans by providing support in product development, material sourcing and the marketing of products. Technical assistance includes: product design, fair market value pricing, promotional material guidance and resources for marketing research.
Where women in business come to connect and grow personally and professionally. WEO’s mission is to provide tools for success for women in business. Our objective is to offer education, networking, and mentoring opportunities.
OMWESB strives to ensure that minorities, women, and emerging small businesses have equal access to contracting opportunities in both the public and private sector. As the sole certification authority in Oregon for targeted government contracts for disadvantaged, minority-and woman-owned businesses, and emerging small businesses, OMWESB provides “one-stop” certification. Applicants are encouraged to apply for all certifications for which they may qualify.
The BEST Business Center is a “one-stop shop” for businesses in Portland who want to become greener and more profitable. Their free services include a Sustainability Survey, customized recommendations and assistance in the areas of energy, water, waste and recycling, purchasing, green building and transportation.
Professional development and networking resources in Portland.
OTBC is an organization devoted to supporting the growth of technology start-ups in Oregon. At OTBC, we are open to taking your technology and helping you turn it into a growth business through individualized coaching programs and commercialization assistance that accelerate your company’s progress.
MIPO is a non-profit organization that provides resources, training, and access to consultative services to inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses that are creating, inventing, designing, new products to bring to the market.
The Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN) is a statewide association of microenterprise development programs and their supporters. These programs provide training, lending and other enterprise opportunities to entrepreneurs with limited access to economic resources.
AOC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution providing loans to small business owners that fulfill AOC’s mission – to serve businesses owned by women, minority and immigrant populations, as well as businesses operating in low to moderate income census tracts.
The FIC is a resource for client based Product and Process Development, Packaging Engineering and Shelf Life Studies, and Consumer Sensory Testing.
The Child Care Improvement Project (CCIP) is a program for family child care providers who are committed to offering high quality child care and for parents who are seeking options that best meets their family’s child care needs. Over 100 providers who are caring for over 700 children participate in the CCIP throughout Multnomah County.
TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global, not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE provides a supportive platform for mentoring, networking, and education for both entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in economic value creation.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is dedicated to a well-qualified, diverse workforce representative to the public it serves. Diversity is an ODOT strategic business value taking advantage of diverse, creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving toward common State and Federal transportation goals.
The Office of Civil Rights is committed to provide fair and equitable access to ODOT economic opportunities, programs and services.
Portland Business Circle is a network of experienced professionals inventing new ways to combine expertise and connections to further our own and others’ business goals. Our network is growing. Our professional horizons are expanding. We are learning about each other’s businesses and making confident, well-informed business referrals and introductions. Portland Business Circle is all about business, but it is also about friendship. We make high quality business introductions, informed by professional and personal appreciation.
Becka Martinez Griffin