Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Mercatus is honored to share stories of Native American-owned businesses and debut the latest edition of the Buy Native Guide available all year-round.

What we do

MERCATUS IS A BUSINESS DIRECTORY AND STORY ARCHIVE THAT ELEVATES THE UNIQUE AND UNIVERSAL NARRATIVES OF ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR IN PORTLAND AND CONNECTS THE CITY AND REGION WITH LOCAL TALENTS, BUSINESSES, SERVICES AND PRODUCTS THAT COME FROM DIVERSE ENTREPRENEURS.

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WE ALL CRAVE VARIETY, BUT WHEN WE SPEAK OF A THRIVING INCLUSIVE ECONOMY, WHAT DO WE REALLY MEAN? 

Too often the stories of thriving businesses owned by people of color come to us in a cultural vacuum or are reduced to tokenism and outliers.  

Most of the time when we hear about vibrant bootstrapping entrepreneurs in Portland, Oregon it’s the “dominant” culture sharing their stories and aspirations in isolation of the “other.”  

We rarely see ethnically diverse entrepreneurs sharing their anthems, struggles, and best practices. Yet today, more than ever, that is what we require to remain competitive and reflect the shifting demographics of aemerging tapestry of innovators, small business owners and creators.

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Fall Edition

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mercatus has dedicated the first zine to celebrating Latin culture and Latin owned-businesses. Artist Savina Monet, shared with us her inspiration for the Somos Latinx campaign and the artwork she created to celebrate intersectionality of Latin culture.

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My People's Market

Held twice a year in partnership with Travel Portland, My People’s Market is the marketplace of the future featuring Mercatus businesses.

Mercatus Stories

Your business and story can reach new audiences through the Mercatus Magazine, seasonal campaigns and guides, and the Story Collective

Mercatus Connect

Receive a weekly digest of new business jobs, contracts, and opportunities in partnership with Portland Means Progress and 100+ private sector partners committed to intentional purchasing. 

Picture Day

On the third Thursday of the month Mercatus is excited to host Picture Day. Get a professional headshot or professional product photo that represents your business

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As a Mercatus Member, you are joining hundreds of other racially and ethnically diverse business owners. Collectively the Mercatus community is elevating a vibrant and multicultural narrative of business ownership. As a member, your business can benefit from greater exposure, new business leads, and community wealth building opportunities.

Mercatus has partnered with Travel Portland, Portland Means Progress, and the City of Portland to elevate the directory which receives hundreds of visitors each month. With membership tiers for everyone, businesses of all sizes are encouraged to join!

While thinking of this issue’s theme of “Sustaining Greatness,” I was pulled to the inherent way entrepreneurs of color give back to the community, and the fact that so many BIPoC-owned businesses choose to share the resources and abundance they work for to support and uplift others on a daily basis. This legacy of care is fundamental to Brown and Black communities in business and in life, and it’s what sets us apart from dominant culture economics.

– Emmeline Eao, Mercatus Magazine Editor

Mercatus Magazine vol. 2

Sustaining Greatness

Mercatus Magazine tells a more complete story of Portland, Oregon, inclusive of diverse communities, businesses, art, and culture. The Magazine acknowledges the different histories of communities of color in Portland, including Native Americans, and the many areas of Portland where gentrification led to the displacement of marginalized populations and specifically the Black community.

Artwork by Savina Monet