Small Business Grants, Loans, and Education


Micro-Business Assistance (MBA) Program

Mercy Corps Northwest provides grants, loans, and education to new and existing businesses who may not qualify for traditional bank financing. Mercy Corps Northwest believes in investing in motivated individuals and hard-working families who are ready to act on their potential. That with access to the right resources and training, people can create opportunity for themselves.


Grant Program

The Mercy Corps Northwest IDA Program is broken down into four steps: Learn more here!



Microloan Program

How does the process work? Inquire here!



Business Education

Recent Business Boot Camp – February 2019

We reached over 40 entrepreneurs in 48 hours through 1-on-1 counseling, seminars and workshops conducted in English and Spanish. Check out our Access to Capital Presentations:

Access to Capital – Presentation (English)

Acceso al Capital – Presentación (Spanish)

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for upcoming Walla Walla education and training, please send an email to

COMING EARLY SUMMER: Business Foundations I

This essential six-week course covers the necessary basics for launching a small business. Topics covered include marketing, cash flow operations, business registration, credit and many other essential things to know to succeed in the first year of business. Our interactive format empowers students to apply concepts learned in class directly to their business.

Small business concepts taught in this course include how to…

  • Determine the appropriate legal status for your business.
  • Obtain the correct licenses and permits.
  • Calculate start-up costs, unit of sale, profit margins,  break-even point, and pricing window.
  • Analyze your competition.
  • Identify target markets and create a marketing plan.

As part of the coursework, you will analyze your competition, set pricing, conduct a focus group for your product or service, and build the confidence needed to turn an idea into reality. All classwork and homework can be incorporated into a comprehensive business plan.

Cost:  $200 (partial scholarships available)



Contact Us

Edwin Rios

Program Manager
509.204.2125 or 206.939.2590

29 E Sumach | Walla Walla WA 99362



Thank you to all of our partners who have made this program possible.

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