Microenterprise Resources

Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)

MESO seeks to broaden economic opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs by providing business support to increase growth in income, assets, and business skills. An experienced and dedicated staff provides a minimum of three years of support, ranging from business planning, goal implementation, marketing, consulting, and financing.

MercyCorps Northwest

MercyCorps Northwest assists low-income individuals through microenterprise development, training, workshops, counseling, mentoring, loans, and financing.

Technical Assistance Resource Directory

For more information call 503-526-2456.

Technical Assistance Resource Directory

General Small Business Resources

Organization NameSmall Business Development Center (SDBC)
Location1626 SE Water Ave, Portland OR 97215
Profilewith offices around the state, the SBDC offers counseling, training, information and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management through its local offices and website.
Services offeredone-on-one counseling, workshops/seminars, training classes, business resource library, online databases
Target industriessmall business in all stages; all
Areas of focusconcept feasibility, business plans, finances, marketing/sales, administration, problem solving

Organization NameSCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses)
LocationODS Tower, 601 SW Second Ave, Suite 950, Portland OR 97204; 503-326-3441
Profileall volunteer organization of retired and working professionals that provides free business counseling and advice, email counseling, and workshops through local chapter offices
Target industriessmall businesses in all stages; all
Services offeredone-on-one counseling, workshops/seminars, referrals, business resource library, mentoring
Areas of focusconcept feasibility, business planning, business basics, loans/financing, problem solving, marketing/sales

Organization NameSmall Business Administration (SBA)
Location601 SW Second Ave, Suite 950, Portland OR 97204; 503-326-2682
Profileindependent agency of the federal government created to aid and protect small business concerns
Target industriessmall businesses in all stages; all
Services offeredloans/financing, online databases, online courses
Areas of focusbusiness basics, business planning, finances, government contracts, international trade, loans/funding, marketing/sales

Organization NameOregon Business Council
Location1100 SW 6th St, Suite 1608, Portland OR 97204; 503-220-0691
Profileassociation developed to identify and promote the development of industry clusters in Oregon
Target industrieshigh growth, revenue over $1 million and growing/expanding businesses; 19 established cluster groups
Services offerednetworking opportunities, peer-to-peer counseling, referrals
Areas of focusindustry clusters

Organization NameOregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
Location309 SW Sixth Ave, Suite 212, Portland OR 97204; 503-222-2270
Profileorganization dedicated to assisting emerging growth-oriented companies across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, connecting companies to expertise and other resources they need to grow their business.
Target industriesconcept phase, startups, high growth potential; all
Services offeredworkshops/seminars, one-on-one counseling, peer-to-peer counseling, business resource library (online)
Areas of focusconcept feasibility, business planning, venture capital/funding, finances, networking, problem solving

Organization NameBeaverton City Library
Location12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton OR 97005; 503-644-2197
Profilepublic library in Beaverton
Target industriesall businesses; all
Services offeredbusiness resource library, online databases (accessible via internet)
Areas of focusbusiness-related information, non-profit information and library services

Organization NameBusiness Oregon (Oregon Business Development Department - OBDD)
Location775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem OR 97301; 503-986-0123
Profilestate agency that directs state and federal government loan and grant funds to various programs to create new jobs and grow businesses.
Target industriesassociations that support business development and expansion; all
Services offeredloans/funding, demographics/workforce/economic data (website)
Areas of focusbusiness attraction/recruitment, business retention/expansion, loans/financing for business development programs

Organization NameOregon Secretary of State
Location255 Capitol St NE, Suite 151, Salem OR 97310; 503-986-2200
Profilewebsite providing general information on starting and operating a business in Oregon.
Target industriesconcept phase or early startup businesses; all
Services offeredonline databases
Areas of focusregulations/compliance, licensing, business basics, business planning

Organization NameOregon Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP)
Location1144 Gateway Loop, Suite 203, Springfield, OR 97477; 541-736-1088
Profileestablished by Congress to assist private sector businesses in marketing goods and services to the Department of Defense
Target industriesestablished businesses; all
Services offeredone-on-one counseling
Areas of focusgovernment contracts/procurement