Sushmita Poddar, owner, Amrapali and Sam Khaute, owner, Diaspora Coffee & Chai Company. Photo by Fli Social.
Jewan Manuel, owner, Plant Based Papi (right) and friend (left). Photo by Fli Social.
David van Overeem, owner, Hab Sauces (aka, DJ Klavical). Photo by Fli Social.
The Inclusive Business Resource Network (IBRN) is a citywide program that brings multiple services for small business into a single network for entrepreneurs.
Each year IBRN serves approximately 1,000 businesses, with the goal of serving more than 70 percent entrepreneurs of color and more than 50 percent women entrepreneurs.
At Prosper Portland we invest in partners who specialize in programs that serve business owners of color, immigrants, women founders, and other underrepresented communities.
From your initial idea to a growing and successful business, IBRN partners are there to help. Through IBRN, entrepreneurs can receive one-on-one advising from trusted business advisors, training, and other resources. Several partners in the Network provide loans and matched savings grants. Additional professional services are available only to Network clients – such as legal services, accounting and bookkeeping support, and credit coaching.
Services are available in the following categories:
Idea to Launch
Support for aspiring business owners to attain foundational business skills & determine if they have a viable business idea or product
Stability & Resiliency
Support to strengthen existing business operations, promote resiliency, and ensure the owner is benefitting from the business
Grow & Scale
Support with ongoing wealth creation and asset building for existing business owners
How do I get support?
Determine if you are eligible for services by confirming that your home or business address is within the City of Portland at Portland Maps.
Identify which category above represents the stage of your business
Provides access to retail sales opportunities for consumer product companies through the Bridges program, one on one business coaching and advising, peer to peer resources and gatherings, access to experienced mentor network, mental health support, and a consumer product Accelerator program.
Provides free professional support to businesses in all industries, at all stages. Services are centered around breaking down barriers and addressing the wealth gap for underserved populations, specifically low-to-moderate income individuals, BIPOC, women, and the Hispanic business community.
Xcelerate Women offers coaching, mentorship and education to support the growth and scale of Oregon’s growth oriented businesses. We specialize in offering services that serve the specific needs of women, including peer mentorship groups, one-on-one coaching, growth mindset & education and navigation services.
APANO Communities United Fund provides technical assistance, connections, and other resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander owned small businesses within Portland. They work with entrepreneurs thinking about starting a small business or existing business owners hoping to scale up. Cultural responsiveness and language support are available.