Oregon Small Business Education and Training


Oregon Women’s Business Center

Mercy Corps Northwest serves as home to Oregon Women’s Business Center in Portland, Oregon. Through classes, seminars and consulting by industry experts, we help you improve your skills and give you the support you need to successfully start and grow your small business.

Small Business Education
Highly engaging and collaborative, our classes give you the foundation you need for small business success. You will learn how to move your idea from concept to reality in our Business Foundations I class, how to manage business growth and new challenges in Business Foundations II, and create a plan for success in Business Plan Workshop.

Business Advising
For record keeping, credit, legal or general business advice, sign up for an hour of one-on-one consulting with professionals in the field.

Mercy Corps Northwest regularly holds seminars that provide a deeper look at a specific topic. Presenters lead sessions on a wide variety of subjects including business strategy, marketing, small business taxes, financial literacy, web development, human resources and access to capital.

Mercy Corps Northwest Business Events

Mercy Corps Northwest is a proud small business supporter, offerings grants, loans and business education throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about all of our programs by attending one of our monthly Orientations.   

Attend a free, 1-hour introduction to Mercy Corps Northwest to learn more about our services and programs. Offered every other Monday evening and the occasional Wednesday.  No advanced registration is required. Visit our Events calendar to see upcoming dates.

Market Vending Opportunities 
Find current market vending opportunities here.

Income-based partial scholarships can help make Business Foundations I a reality for entrepreneurs with limited financial resources. Submit an application before registering for class and save up to 50 percent on tuition.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact [email protected]

Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Oregon. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.