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PSU Business Outreach Program

PSU Business Outreach Program
The PSU Business Outreach Program provides technical assistance and business consulting services to locally owned, small businesses, with a focus on emerging, minority, and women-owned enterprises.

Supporting Local Small Businesses

Supporting Local Small Businesses
The PSU BOP was created to meet the needs of small businesses by assisting entrepreneurs in improving their profitability and survivability, while allowing PSU students to engage in community-based learning with first-hand business consulting experience.

Equipping Entrepreneurs

Equipping Entrepreneurs
Typical services and types of assistance available through the BOP range from individual advising, to workshops and trainings, and student consulting team projects.
The Business Outreach Program (BOP) at Portland State University provides technical assistance and business consulting services to locally owned, small businesses.

Our Mission

The PSU Business Outreach Program's mission is to help local small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses, achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. 

Nearly 80% of small businesses in Portland have 10 employees or less. The State of Oregon has 300,000 qualified "microenterprises" comprised of fewer than five employees. That's 86% of all registered businesses, employing 16% of the entire workforce, according to the US Department of Commerce.

Since 1994 the Business Outreach Program efforts include:

  • Over 900 companies supported
  • Over 1,650 students placed as consultants
  • One million dollars of student consulting services provided (based on $3,000 per project)
  • During the past year the BOP has served over 200 businesses.

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