We have suspended all in-person visits to our center in response to COVID-19 closures in Oregon. We welcome you to reach out to our staff via email, phone or by self-registering for an event here.
Remote-only until further notice
Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest
45 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
503.227.6225 | [email protected]
Remote-only until further notice
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oregon Women’s Business Center Manager
Bobbie Stewart is a serial entrepreneur whose passion is engaging with and building start-ups. Bobbie chose to create, develop and launch small businesses as her career, while teaching and mentoring remain her passion. She is the CEO & Founder of Palette stores, Founder and President of KICIT investment club, and a business coach and mentor for other local nonprofits. As a former business advisor with the Small Business Development Center, her equanimity has helped guide entrepreneurs through their most difficult start-up moments. Bobbie’s success is supported by a number of wise and accomplished mentors – as well as encouragement and support from family and friends. She understands that building a business takes time, dedication, and a village.
Bobbie graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and minors in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Finance.
Credit and Education Program Manager
Ronesha Hayes obtained her B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Western Washington University. A Portland native, Ronesha is passionate about increasing the economic power of individuals directly impacted by systemic oppression. Her experience as a training coordinator is also supplemented by her experience in curriculum development for companies in the food industry. In addition to her role as education coordinator, she also manages MCNW’s credit program. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, karaoke and event planning.
She is also the owner of Hayes Consulting and Coaching
WBC COVID Response Manager
Marisa understands the ups and downs of being a small business owner firsthand, having been catapulted into the role of freelance writer, editor and translator in 2009, when the national magazine where she worked suddenly folded. Still a writer at heart, she loves helping small business owners, including the local Slavic community, find new ways and platforms to tell their stories, and feels lucky to live in a city with such a strong and vibrant maker culture. She holds a B.A. in Russian literature from Brown University, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. In her free time, she loves to sing, travel and develop new recipes.
Small Business Financing Advisor
Gabrielle’s role as Small Business Financing Advisor is backed by her passion for working with small business owners who are women and those in underserved communities. She will take the time to listen to your needs, and work with you to find a solution to your financing needs. She started her career working in Fortune 500 companies, with roles in credit underwriting, and sales support teams in business banking and commercial loans. She believes that small businesses are the soul of our communities. Having the opportunity to work hard and support your family through your business is what ultimately grows our community and helps many generations.
Gabrielle earned her Masters of Business Administration from Willamette University in Salem Oregon and her B.A. in International Business from The University of North Florida.
WBC COVID Curriculum Specialist
Greg has over 25 years of experience working with all types of businesses, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In 1989, he began managing corporate financial operations and reporting, where he learned the challenges of managing a business first-hand. Since 2002, he’s been active in college and continuing professional education. Greg has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Portland metropolitan area in the fields of accounting, finance, economics, business math, forecasting, and managerial statistics. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Portland Community College and Oregon Coast Community College.
Greg earned his M.A. in Development Banking from The American University in Washington D.C. and his B.A. in International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania.
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 the WBC manager.
Interested in joining the team? Let us know! [email protected]