Small Business Resources

Finding Employees

The Multnomah County Supported Employment Program connects young people (ages 17-27) with well-matched employment opportunities. You can avoid expensive advertising by contacting Multnomah County Supported Employment to gain access to a pool of motivated applicants who can start work immediately. They screen and interview all applicants in advance to provide you with the best match and only send qualified applicants who can meet the needs of the position. The program provides ongoing support and training. To learn more contact Tosha Bock, Supported Employment Specialist, 971.804.1243.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from eligible target groups with significant barriers to employment. Each year, employers claim over $1 billion in tax credits under the WOTC program. The success and growth of this income tax credit for business is beneficial for all who participate, while increasing America’s economic growth and productivity. WOTC reduces an employer’s cost of doing business, requires little paperwork, and can reduce an employer’s federal income tax liability by as much as $9,600 per employee hired.

The Work Experience for Youth (WEX-Y) Program is a youth (age 16-24) employment program connects local youth with rewarding job experience. You provide a young person with valuable experience, mentorship and guidance. Work Experience for Youth (WEX-Y) provides a single point of contact for you and takes care of payroll processing, taxes and insurance. While it may sound too good to be true – it’s not!

Running Your Business

The Small Business Development Program (SBDP) is an initiative of the Portland Development Commission and the City of Portland that aims to grow and strengthen existing small businesses through technical assistance and training.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon seeks to improve the economic opportunities of under-served individuals through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of families in the greater community. An experienced and dedicated staff provides a minimum of three years of support, ranging from business planning, goal implementation, marketing, consulting, and financing. To learn more about MESO, please contact or (503) 841-3351.