Find the support you need for your business. Mercatus is a partner of the Inclusive Business Resource Network in providing business technical assistance. Support includes: Navigating Business Services, Long-term Business Advising, Peer to Peer Learning, Networking and Workshops, and Financing.

Thriving Small Business Loan

Traditional financing and loan guidelines don’t always work for small businesses. The Thriving Small Business Loan Program provides up to 100% financing for small businesses. It provides interest rate reduction of up to five percent for borrowers who successfully complete technical assistance during the term of the loan (2.5% reduction for completing 15 hours of technical assistance, balance upon completing 30 hours).

  • Loans from $25,000 – $50,000
  • No minimum time in business
  • Loan terms up to ten years, not inlcuding the interest only period.

Learn more at Prosper Portland or connect with the Prosper Portland lending team.

Workshops and Events

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Portland Small Business Hub

The Portland Small Business Hub offers free one-on-one, culturally specific resource navigation for local small business owners. It is a collaboration between Prosper Portland and local community partners. Its business advisors help businesses connect to resources such as financial and technical assistance, marketing, and legal support. The advisors can also help businesses apply for loans, grants, licenses, permits, and certifications. 


Inclusive Business Resource Network

From tech startups to neighborhood retail, small businesses are vital to the city’s economy. The Inclusive Business Resource Network is a citywide program that brings multiple services for small business into a single network to provide greater efficiencies and cross-functional innovation. The Network leverages the power of partnership to increase the success of underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Affordable Commercial Retail Space

Prosper Portland is currently leasing affordable commercial real estate in three areas:

Connect with one of Portland’s Multicultural Chambers.