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.



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. 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. 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. 




The bud who is Blossom began with her roots in Trinidad & Tibego. Born into a musically inclined family, she embraced the stage naturally at the age of 12 alongside her uncle\’s traveling steel drum band. 

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 is committed to building a livable and sustainable city with all Portlanders and for all Portlanders, through transparency, accountability, and opportunity.



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.