Inclusive Business Resource Network

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Inclusive Business Resource Network

About the Program Business Resources

Amanda Park, email or 503-823-3340; Morgan Masterman, email or 503-823-6839; Katherine Krajnak, email or 503-823-0013;

Cannabis Business Development Equity Program

Based on results of a community survey and recommendations from a stakeholder Cannabis Tax Steering Committee, the City of Portland is allocating $150,000 of the cannabis tax revenues to address technical assistance needs for cannabis entrepreneurs from communities that have been disproportionately, negatively impacted by the prohibition of cannabis. The Cannabis Business Development Equity Program Request for Proposals seeks to identify one or more partners to assist Prosper Portland in delivering cannabis business technical assistance to priority populations.

Cannabis Business Development (CBD) Equity Program RFP 

RFP Addendum 1

From tech startups to neighborhood retail, small businesses are vital to the city’s economy. The Inclusive Business Resource Network is a citywide program that brings multiple services for small business into a single network to provide greater efficiencies and cross-functional innovation. The Network leverages the power of partnership to increase the success of underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Through focused resources, collaboration and client-centered services the Network seeks to drastically shift outcomes for business owners of color, immigrants, women founders, and other underrepresented minorities. Approximately 600 businesses are served through the Network each year, and 400 businesses – 65 percent owned by women and 75 percent owned by people of color – receive long-term support (30+ advising hours a year).

Services that integrate with the network include the Mercatus platform; a portfolio of capital programs such as micro loan products, seed funding and business loans; and legal support, accounting, and market research.

Prosper Portland will invest $2.5 million among the network providers in FY 2017-18 and is committed to achieving the following outcomes by 2022:

Businesses strong and stabilized
Businesses achieving growth milestones
Businesses scaling to double or triple their size
Traded sector* startups assisted to launch into the market

At Prosper Portland we maximize our impact by working with and investing in partners who specialize in programs that serve underrepresented entrepreneurs and business owners.

The following providers offer support with:

Navigating business services
Long-term business advising
Peer to peer learning
Networking & workshops
Financing for your business

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

EmailWeb | 971-340-4861

APANO provides multicultural outreach and assistance for small businesses. APANO’s skilled staff will help you navigate available small business resources.

Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC)

EmailWeb | 971-280-3825

Hacienda CDC promotes the accelerated growth of minority-owned food businesses from startup to traded sector.

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (HMC)

EmailWeb | 503-222-0280

HMC provides bilingual/bi-cultural outreach, long-term one-on-one advising, and business development services.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

EmailWeb | 503-234-1541

IRCO’s culturally specific, multilingual services connect talented, aspiring business owners with advice and support.


EmailWeb | 503-823-3340

Mercatus is a business directory for entrepreneurs of color that provides a platform for storytelling, pathways to new market opportunities, and access to signature events such as My People’s Market.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)

EmailWeb | 503-841-3351

MESO provides financing, matched savings, market research and tailored one-on-one business advising within the network.

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

EmailWeb | 503-288-8177

NAYA provides one-on-one and classroom business education and supports vendors through its marketplace and powwow.

Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)

EmailWeb | 503-894-4525

ONAC’s One Coalition provides a statewide infrastructure of support and connection to Native American business mentors.

Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)

EmailWeb | 503-616-3767

The PIE incubator for diverse founders of technology and consumer products companies shares mentor networks and lessons learned from nearly a decade of service.

Portland State University (PSU) Business Outreach Program

EmailWeb | 503-725-9820

The PSU Business Outreach Program provides technical assistance and one-on-one consulting services to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Prosper Portland

EmailWeb | 503-823-0465

Prosper Portland provides access to technical assistance, loans and new markets to help your business grow and thrive. Resources include affordable commercial tenanting, matching grants and loans, and industry support and connections.

TiE Oregon

EmailWeb | 971-303-9063

TiE Oregon provides education, connections to mentors and funding sources for concept stage technology and consumer products companies.

XXcelerate Fund

EmailWeb | 510-725-9291

Founded, focused and run by women, XXcelerate builds equity in entrepreneurship by providing education, peer support, mentoring and financial support.

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