Oregon Women's Business Center

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Updated 09/29/2023:  Mercy Corps Northwest completed our assignment as host of Oregon Women’s Business Center (WBC) on September 29, 2023, after more than a decade of service to the community. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently recruiting for the next home of the Oregon WBC that will be announced in the coming months. If you reached this page as an entrepreneur interested in Oregon or SW Washington resources for small business owners, please check out our downloadable resource guide here. For information and updates about the next home of the Oregon Women’s Business Center, please contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office at sba.gov/district/portland. 

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.

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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 five- and six-week courses are designed to prepare Oregonians for business success.

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COVID-19 & general resources for entrepreneurs

COVID‑19 has impacted small business owners across the Pacific Northwest, and we're here to help them stay afloat, navigate a path forward, and write a new vision of business success. Whether you're looking for advice on record-keeping or templates for your business plan, our resources page will help you find what you need.

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Find a mentor with Micromentor

We are excited to provide quality one-on-one mentoring services through a partnership with MicroMentor, a global network of entrepreneurs and business experts. Micromentor is a free social platform that connects entrepreneurs with experienced mentors.

Contact our Women's Business Center team.