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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 PSU 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.

In the past year, the PSU Business Outreach Program has supported:

  • Over 300 entrepreneurs in their business development
  • Clients supported include:
    • 75% woman-owned businesses
    • 40% minority-owned businesses
    • 98% low-to-moderate income individuals
  • Placed over 70 PSU business students as consultants

Recent News

PSU BOP Summer 2015 Newsletter
PSU BOP Spring 2015 Newsletter
PSU BOP Winter 2015 Newsletter

PSU BOP Fall 2014 Newsletter
PSU BOP Ranks #2 of the Best Non-Profits to Work For
PSU BOP Summer 2014 Newsletter

PSU BOP Partners with Renegade Craft Fair

PSU BOP Spring 2014 Newsletter
PSU BOP Receives Backing from JP Morgan Chase
PSU BOP Fall 2013 Newsletter
PSU BOP Winter 2013 Newsletter


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