Elevating, Connecting, & Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Color

Mercatus presents Momentous, an annual business networking event. Momentous is a celebration and an appreciation of Portland’s diverse business networks and community.


Find business resources that can help you take your business where you want it to go, Connect with more than 20 organizations that provides resources and support for businesses.


Meet other entrepreneurs of color, expand your networks, and explore new collaborations during a curated networking experience, which welcomes both our introverted and extroverted friends.


Momentous kicks off the Momentous awards, an acknowledgment of the good work happening in our community. 


 Enjoy light appetizers and chill to the musical stylings of local Portland artists curated by the talented YGB.


April 25 | 6pm – 9pm

District East, 2305 SE 9th Ave
Street parking available
Bus lines 70 and 2

Light appetizers catered by Miss’ippi Chef
GF and Vegan Options Available
Learn more about the owner and her business on the Mercatus Directory


Ian Williams

I’m a size 12.5-wearing sneaker fool, I love cookies (soft ones), and if I was a little bit taller I’d be in a league somewhere. For the last 5 years I was a Footwear Developer at Nike in Beaverton; Started there as a Janitor and stutter-stepped my way through the corporate traffic. Now I’m full-time with my own companies: Greater Than Good – an urban branding and events company; And my newest venture, Deadstock Coffee Company. Aside from that I’m a pretty boring dude.

Breanna King

Brenna King (DJ Lex) is a Portland designer & music lover. She played her first turntable in New York at the age of 16. Her strength as a DJ lies in her unparalleled ability to leverage her afro-Caribbean roots, bringing the best of African & Carribean music that will keep you dancing non-stop. After a hiatus to focus on motherhood and dedicate more time to her other passions in life, she’s back and more motivated than ever.

300 Watt Trio

300 Watts is a string trio comprised of siblings, Shania, age 19 (viola), Jonathan, age 16 (cello), and Darah, age 13 (violin). They have been performing together for 5 years as a trio. The name “300 Watts”, given to them by their mother, represents each sibling giving 100 percent effort on their instrument.  The trio has performed for many events over the years, including weddings, art shows, corporate events, churches, cultural events and many other venues. 

Jo Ann Hardesty

City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was sworn in as a city commissioner, becoming the first African-American woman to serve on the Portland City Council. She oversees Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Communications, and the Fire & Police Disability and Retirement Fund; and is committed to building a livable and sustainable city with all Portlanders and for all Portlanders, through transparency, accountability, and opportunity.


Mercatus Momentous Awards

Mercatus is proud to announce the Momentous Awards. The awards acknowledge and celebrate Mercatus community businesses. Vote for businesses in two categories: Elevating Community and Making Moves Biz Awards. Voting is open April 10 – April 21.



Debuting the Mercatus Magazine Vol.1

Entrepreneurs of color have a long history of business ownership. Mercatus Magazine’s debut issue re/claims entrepreneurship as a part of the collective past, present and future. It builds on historic contributions and how their legacy has informed the next wave of entrepreneurs and business owners of color.

A collaborative project brought you by: Amanda Park, Mercatus Project Manager; Joy Alise Davis, Editor in Chief; Savina Fierro, Creative Director; Nia Shima Frnaklin, copy editor. Printed by Jamaal Hale Good Green Printing.