Small Business Resources

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!

The Small Business Development Program (SBDP) is a new 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. MESO’s four key programs are:

  1. Ace: Financing through alternative capital, such as loans, credit lines, or IDAs
  2. Anchors: Customized business development through skill building, business planning and implementation
  3. Educate: Series of trainings and/or classes
  4. FACE: Self-sufficiency and integration activities and culturally-specific resources

To learn more about MESO, please contact or (503) 841-3351.