RISE: An online learning platform

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RISE – Oregon's online learning resource for women

RISE is a 24/7 online learning platform created by and for women as part of Oregon Women's Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest

Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest is excited to provide quality self-paced e-courses through RISE, our new digital learning platform.

RISE is the platform that houses all of our e-Learning, including free COVID-19 related courses designed to help small business owners navigate the pandemic and emerge stronger than ever. We invite you to explore the free and low-cost offerings we have for local entrepreneurs – all accessible at the click of a button.

  • Business owners need all the help they can get. Our free offerings will help you improve your remote working practices, establish and maintain digital security, enhance your record-keeping skills, and navigate long-term uncertainty – through the pandemic and beyond. 
  • Created for women, open to all. RISE courses are designed to address the specific needs of women business owners in Oregon and southwestern Washington. Each class offers resources and tools that are relevant to small business owners anywhere they operate – even outside of the Pacific Northwest. 
  • ‘Round-the-clock access. We’re here to provide you the information you need, whenever you need it. Simply click the link below to access our course catalog, register for the course that interests you, and start learning!

The self-paced e-courses on RISE are a great complement to our instructor-led long-form courses and can be accessed anytime. You do not have to complete any other class in order to take them. We’re adding more courses all the time, so be sure to check back regularly. 


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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 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).