Oregon Women's Business Center
Updated 01/03/2023: As of March 13, 2020, The Oregon Women’s Business Center will only offer remote services to minimize social contact in response to the Coronavirus. Our office will not be accepting any in-person visits until further notice, however, all programs will continue operations.
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. Each year, more than 1,000 entrepreneurs walk through our doors to take the first step of taking the next step on their path to business success.
Across the country, women-owned businesses employ 8.4 million people, are predominantly run by BIPOC owners, and 99% are small businesses. In fact, women-owned businesses grow five times faster than the national average and represent one-third of all businesses across the world.
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).
Learn more about our programs
We believe that women business owners are community leaders. 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. Learn more about our programs below.