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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's technical assistance program focuses on business formation, stabilization, and growth. PDC can help existing or new businesses navigate a wide variety of public and non-profit resources.

Small and Microenterprise Business Development Program

This program funds several local non-profit organizations to provide technical assistance and training. It is intended to spark wealth and job creation for entrepreneurs and businesses by increasing the availability of ongoing, structured, one-on-one client engagement; providing on-site business development services; and assisting in starting, strengthening, or expanding business operations. The program serves business owners/entrepreneurs with low and moderate incomes, and those in traditionally underserved communities (including people of color, those with limited English proficiency, and those located in specific geographic areas such as PDC's Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative and Main Street areas.) 
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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 >