Business Oregon’s Grow Our Own economic strategy incorporates a focus on community capital and embraces the creativity and diversity we see in these sustainable capital tools. Business Oregon has a team of professionals to assist businesses with their financing needs by packaging loan programs or by matching a partner service provider with a business.
We are a truly local, truly full-service, truly independent community bank with a specific mission to invest in the individuals, the families, the businesses and the neighborhoods of Portland. As a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we have a mission to increase economic opportunity and promote community development. We put extraordinary effort into helping create and maintain local jobs, build and rebuild communities and create a Portland that thrives for everyone.
Community Sourced Capital (CSC) is a Social Purpose Corporation building innovative financial systems that provide affordable and sustainable ways to circulate capital in local communities. CSC helps small businesses access capital from mission aligned capital providers or from a zero-interest loan directly from people in their community. Since launching the first loan in 2013, CSC has helped nearly 100 businesses borrow more than $1.5 million from more than 5,000 lenders. CSC has a 91 percent success rate on campaign funding and 98 percent of its loans are either repaid in full or in good standing.
Business Loans are available in term loans for businesses seeking equipment, working capital or real estate. Nonprofit Loans are available to finance community development projects including health care, childcare, environmental conservation and human services initiatives.
Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) is the U.S. economic development office of Mercy Corps, the Portland-based international relief and development agency. Our mission is to assist all low-income populations, including minorities, women, refugees and immigrants, prisoners, previously incarcerated and the disabled in throughout Oregon and Washington State by increasing their economic self-sufficiency and community integration through micro-enterprise development and self-employment. To help clients achieve these outcomes, we provide three primary integrated business services:
Education, Training and Business Development Services:
Asset Development Services (Individual Development Accounts – IDAs)
Address: 45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204
The Portland Development Commission’s mission is to create one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities by investing in job creation, innovation and economic opportunity throughout Portland. PDC connects people and resources to create more jobs for Portland. We work with businesses to identify business needs and eligibility for PDC assistance, and then help you find the program that fits best.
Address: 222 NW Fifth Ave. Portland, OR 97209
Phone: Bernie Kerosky 503-823-3459 Torry Campbell 503-823-3231
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon’s (MESO) mission is to improve the economic opportunities of underserved individuals through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of the greater community. MESO provides capital, coaching, and comprehensive support to entrepreneurs in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Columbia counties.
Address: Main office – 4008 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97212
Multnomah County phone: 503-841-3351
Washington County phone: 503-521-7620
AOC is a nonprofit organization that serves women, minority, immigrant and disabled individual owned businesses, and businesses operating in low to moderate income census tracts. Their term financing and operating lines of credit range from $20,000 to $200,000. All borrowers receive no-cost access to their Business Advisory Services Program.
Address: 2420 NE Sandy Blvd #100, Portland, OR 97232