Women’s Business Center

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Build your business skills. Finance your business. Mentoring and consulting.

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Empower

The Women in Business Seminar Series is a place for women business owners and leaders to come together. This series is designed to help you deepen your business skills and activate the power that you have as a business owner.

We believe that women business owners are community leaders and want to help you actively engage and advocate for the change you want to see. We hope that you will join this community of inspiring entrepreneurs.

Grow

We have three levels of business development training designed to meet you where you’re at: from developing an idea to expanding an existing business. These four – six week courses are designed to help you prepare for business success.

  • Business Foundations I
  • Business Plan Workshop
  • Next Level Business Foundations

In addition, every month you can choose from a variety of other shorter seminars that discuss the newest business trends.

Support

360° Business Support

  • Professional volunteers offering one-on-one legal, credit, and bookkeeping consulting
  • Quarterly networking sponsored by local companies
  • Small business grants up to $4,000 and microloans from $500-$50,000
  • Marketing and selling events hosted by the Women’s Business Center and Mercy Corps Northwest

 

About Us

Mercy Corps Northwest is a community development financial institution, operates Oregon’s only SBA Women’s Business Center, and is the largest provider of microenterprise Matched Savings Grants in Oregon. Each year, more than 1,000 entrepreneurs walk through our doors to take the first step of launching a small business.

The WBC Mission

The Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest works to elevate women entrepreneurs by educating, financing and counseling them through the process of starting and growing a business.  We believe in the power of women to create a vibrant and equitable regional economy in which everyone can participate to their greatest potential.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Oregon, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. We provide education, financing and other resources to help entrepreneurs succeed.

For other SBA events check out their calendar.

Meet Our Advisory Committee

The Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest is directed by staff and a volunteer-led Advisory Committee. Our advisors represent a diverse background of experience and contribute to the success of our economic development programs. The WBC advisory board is led by WBC manager.