The Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest serves to elevate women and people of all gender identities with access to training, financial services and coaching to assist them in starting and growing a business. In addition to hosting Oregon’s only SBA Women’s Business Center, Mercy Corps Northwest is the largest provider of microenterprise IDA 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 Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In 1988, the SBA established The Women’s Business Center Program to better help women overcome continuing barriers to success. Today there are Women’s Business Centers in almost every state. Mercy Corps Northwest is proud to host the only Women’s Business Center in the state of Oregon, located in Portland.
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.
Visit Our Office
Oregon Women’s Business Center provides business education, support, and pathways to a community of women entrepreneurs. As a piece of this, our Women in Business Seminar Series* is a place for women business owners and leaders to come together. This series is designed to help entrepreneurs deepen their business skills and activate the power of small business ownership.
We believe that women business owners are community leader. We strive to work with them to actively engage and advocate for the changes they want to see. We hope to see you join this community of inspiring entrepreneurs.
View our comprehensive list of business resources at any time through the link below.
*Please note that the Women in Business Seminar Series has been placed on indefinite hold in light of COVID-19. In the meantime, please access our (free) COVID-19 Services to help deepen your business skills.
Attend An Event
We are proud to host a variety of events that respond to business trends, needs, and growth. Each month, we have three levels of business development training designed to meet entrepreneurs at any stage: from developing an idea to expanding an existing business. These four- to six-week courses are designed to prepare Oregonians for business success.
- Business Foundations I
- Business Plan Workshop
- Next Level Business Foundations
View our full calendar of classes, seminars and one-on-one advising – including business support in relation to COVID-19 – through the link below.
Our office proudly offers 360° Business Support for entrepreneurs who are looking for specialized advising, community groups, and more. This includes…
- Professional volunteers offering one-on-one legal, credit, and bookkeeping consulting
- Quarterly networking sponsored by local companies
- Small business grants and microloans
- Marketing and selling events hosted by the OregonWomen’s Business Center and Mercy Corps Northwest
- Small Business Pitch Competition
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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.