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Minority and Women Owned Businesses

Organizations offering programs and services for small business owners from under resourced communities that include business coaching, technical assistance, credit building programs, networking, and mentorship.

Access Business NW

The Northwest ADA Center provides trainings to groups on general and specific topics of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Business Diversity Institute

To support the growth and success of regional minority-owned and woman-owned businesses through education and training, outreach, tools and resources and by promoting collaboration of public/private organizations in these efforts.

Business Impact NW

Business Impact NW is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to offer individual coaching, training, and access to capital to small business owners, in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, since 1997.

Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID)

COBID certifies minority-owned, women-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned business owners and emerging small businesses interested in contracting with state, county, and city government agencies.

Lewis and Clark College Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC)

SBLC is a nonprofit legal services provider for low-income small businesses and entrepreneurs. Services include contract drafting and review, intellectual property guidance, advising and law and regulations, and entity selection assistance.

Livelihood NW

Livelihood NW provides free and low cost business support throughout Oregon and SW Washington, in English and Spanish. Supports businesses in all industries and stages of growth, prioritizing underserved populations.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)

MESO is a non-profit organization that works with small businesses to help them get started or grow, through a variety of services: business advising, educational workshops, small business loans, and a business matched-savings account.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA assists existing minority-owned businesses create strategic plans toward increasing revenue. Assist businesses with contract opportunities within the local, state and federal government.

Muslim Educational Trust (MET) Professional Network

MET seeks to drive economic development within the Muslim community by promoting, connecting, and advocating for professionals, businesses, and individuals through Business Start-up classes, Microfinance, trade shows, seminars, and meet-ups.

National Association of Minority Owned Contractors – Oregon Chapter (NAMC)

NAMC is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1969 providing support for construction businesses owned by people of color.

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

Promoting & developing entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities by offering free technical assistance and business counseling, access to capital, SBA microloans, affordable incubator office spaces and bi-monthly networking meetings.

Oregon Pride in Business Chamber of Commerce

Oregon's LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce and is composed of a group of businesses, volunteers, and staff that support the interests of its members and champions opportunity, development, and advocacy for Oregon’s LGBTQ+ & Allied business community.

Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at PCC Willow Creek

Provides combination of relevant business education and personalized, one-on-one business advising. Offering training programs unique to each businesses journey; from startups to mature businesses.

Professional Business Development Group (PBDG)

PBDG serves minority and/or women owned business in the construction field providing monthly membership meeting, trainings, IDA, mentoring, networking events, technical assistance, and government contracts.

Prosper Portland Inclusive Business Resource Network (IBRN)

The IBRN brings multiple services for small business located in the City of Portland into a single network for entrepreneurs through partners who serve business owners of color, immigrants, women founders, and other underrepresented communities.

Small Business Administration Office (SBA) of Women’s Business Ownership

Management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on topics in many languages to help start and grow businesses.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran’s Business Outreach Center with Business Impact NW

For active-duty service members, and military spouses who want to start, purchase or grow a small business. We offer training opportunities, one-on-one coaching, referrals to resource partners, and networking events in our centers’ coverage area.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program. These contracts are for specific NAICS code where WOSBs are underrepresented.

Startup Northwest

Small business and service providers available to provide actionable information on a variety of topics to help small businesses through a holistic approach to business development, incorporating Native values into business goals.

The National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO)

The National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO) is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries.

Xcelerate Women

Xcelerate helps women business owners overcome systemic inequities to grow their businesses and build economic power now. Gender and culturally competent Business Advising, Peer Mentorship, and Growth Education programs are available statewide.