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Jimmy and Quanita Williams
Jimmy and Quanita Williams, owners of J&Q Food Corner, received technical assistance from Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)

Business Technical Assistance

As the city of Portland's economic development agency, PDC concentrates on creating and sustaining jobs in Portland. PDC offers two business technical assistance programs which focus on nurturing business formation, stabilization, and growth. PDC can help existing or new businesses navigate a wide variety of public and non-profit resources.

Small Business Development Program

The Small Business Development Program (SBDP) funds non-profit organizations to strengthen and grow existing small businesses through technical assistance and training. The program serves business owners with modest incomes, and traditionally underserved communities (including business owners of color, owners with limited English proficiency and in specific geographic areas such as North/Northeast and East Portland.)
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EOI Microenterprise Development Program

The new Economic Opportunity Initiative (EOI) Microenterprise Program is intended to spark wealth and job creation for startup entrepreneurs and businesses by increasing the availability of ongoing, structured, one-on-one client engagement; providing on-site business development services to microenterprise business owners and entrepreneurs and assisting in starting, strengthening, or expanding their operations. Services are provided by non-profit organizations contracted by PDC. The program is specifically for business owners and entrepreneurs who have an income at or below 80% of Portland’s median family income. Additionally, business owners and entrepreneurs in underserved communities (such as communities of color, neighborhoods of North, Northeast and East Portland, and limited proficiency in English) will be targeted for services. learn more >

Other Technical Assistance

Our Partners & Resources page lists technical assistance and resources, such as the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Zero Waste Alliance, and OSU’s Food Innovation Center, all of which are supported by PDC. learn more >

Small Business Technical Assistance Matrix

This matrix helps business owners navigate the resources available in the Portland area including access to capital, advocacy, networking, and technical assistance and training. learn more >