Small Business Counseling
Sometimes you just need to sit down with an expert and hash out your business concerns. Business Counseling events at Mercy Corps Northwest are designed to get you face time with business, legal and record keeping consultants to move your business forward. If you have questions specifically related to legal or record keeping, please register for those individual events.
Business counseling events are for Mercy Corps Northwest clients only—loan clients or Foundations students that have completed at least Week 4. If you do not meet this criteria, we may still be able to work with you—please call (503) 896-5050. Credit Counseling, as an exception, is open to the public with registration required at least one week before in order to compile a complete credit history report. All counseling sessions require advance registration, and cost $20 each. Please see our refund policy at the bottom of page.
Please select a counseling option for more information:
General Small Business Counseling
Do you have questions about your business that you need a professional to answer? Once a month business professionals from the community (bankers, lawyers, CPA’s, seasoned business owners) get together at MCNW to give our clients 1:1 assistance. A full 50 minutes dedicated to any question you may have! No problem too small or too big to solve! Use the time to ask about your marketing, business idea, next steps, financing, business plan, or any other issue that is burning a hole in your pocket. We will match you and your issues up with the professional that most meets your needs.
Sign up for either 11:00am, or 12:00 noon, on the third Friday of every month. Each session is 50 minutes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for your session. If you have questions specifically related to legal or record keeping, please register for those individual events.
January 17, 11am - 1pm (Registration open in December)
Every small business benefits from seeking legal advice. Whether you need help deciding to form an LLC or corporation or can’t tell the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, a one-on-one session with a lawyer can help you navigate the legal issues that your business faces. Our legal counselor can help you:
- Determine which type of legal entity is appropriate for your business
- Determine whether you need an operating agreement, partnership agreement, discuss any other contract you may need reviewed
- Discuss the protections that are available for your intellectual property
- Distinguish between independent contractors and employees and identify related employment law issues.
Each session is 50 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to prepare for your session.
Record Keeping Counseling
This interactive 1-on-1 session will give you the opportunity to address the accounting issues you are facing directly. Be prepared to bring specific questions as well as your bookkeeping system and laptop to work on. Our record keeping counselor can help you determine where the holes in your finances may be, make better decisions about your budget, finances, inventory, etc., and understand the importance of organized bookkeeping and tracking. Each session is 50 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to prepare for your session.
November 21, 1-5pm with Kevin Minkoff (FULL)
November 22, 2-5pm with Nicole Thibodeau (FULL)
December 12, 10am-4pm with Suzanne Feucht (Advanced)
December 19, 1-5pm with Kevin Minkoff
December 20, 2-5pm with Nicole Thibodeau
Poor or damaged credit affects individuals and families from all walks of life - but it doesn’t have to hold you back. Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges you may face is finding a trustworthy resource to help you get back on track.
Mercy Corps Northwest is proud to announce the arrival of one-on-one credit counseling sessions, a safe and incredibly affordable way to begin restoring your credit and repaying your debt.
During this one hour session, you will be given an action plan to determine what steps can be taken by you and the agency to help accomplish your financial goals. You’ll have the benefit of ongoing support and accountability with a professional financial counselor. Additionally, the Counselor, with your permission, can interact directly with a creditor to negotiate a reduction in payment or pay-off. And you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for Finance Smart to help you learn and implement money-management skills that will round out your new financial confidence.
November 19, 11am-4pm (FULL)
December 17, 11am-4pm
In order to get the most out of your credit counseling session, please fill out the form below. This information is secure and confidential, and allows our credit counselor to access the necessary credit information for prior review. The completion of this form is required in addition to your EventBrite registration, linked above.
Is English your Second Language? (ESL)
Meet with one of our staff.
Use the links below to set up an appointment.
Refund Policy: In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us if you are unable to attend your counseling session one week before your scheduled session.
Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center in Oregon, providing funds and other resources to help entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.