Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Alberta Main Street primarily works with businesses once they are ready to open a space on Alberta Street or after they are open. If you are thinking about starting your own businesses these might be some good resources to check out:

Oregon is a place where entrepreneurs and big thinkers are building diverse industries. Business Oregon networks with many organizations to help entrepreneurs find resources and access services to start a business in Oregon.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon seeks to improve the economic opportunities of underserved individuals through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of families in the greater community.

Oregon Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships between government and  community colleges throughout Oregon. They are administered by the Small Business Administration and aim to provide educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Oregon Small Business Development  services are available to anyone who starts, operates, or owns a small business in Oregon.

Mercy Corps NW provides business programs and resources through microloans, matched business grants, and small business classes taught by business professionals. They also support entrepreneurs with one-on-one business counseling. Mercy Corps Northwest is the only SBA Women’s Business Center in Oregon, providing funding, matched savings, and other resources to help female entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.

Chair Cogen and the Board of County Commissioners are committed to fostering a thriving business climate in Multnomah County. They pursue that goal with many partner organizations and are coordinating public/private economic development efforts through the newly reorganized public/private Greater Portland Inc.

Business Portland is a comprehensive collection of helpful information targeted to business owners looking to start, expand, grow or locate a business in Portland. In addition to supplying information, the Business Portland web site offers a place for Portland businesses to connect through social media, discussion forums and a marketplace of services.

The Small Business Administration Portland district office is responsible for the delivery of the agency programs and services to 30 of the 36 western counties in Oregon and 4 counties in Southwestern Washington. Over the years, the SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.